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10 January 2007

Elite

 in 1987,Role Playing (RPG) — Marrsy

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Command your Cobra space ship in a fantastic voyage of discovery and adventure, a supreme test of your combat, navigational and entrepreneurial skills.

Trade between countless planets, using the proceeds to equip your ship with heat-seeking missiles, beam lasers and other weapons – corporate states can be approached without risk, but unruly anarchies may be swarming with space pirates.

Black market trading can be lucrative but could result in skirmishes with local police and a price on your head!

However you make your money, by fair means or foul, you must blast onwards through space annihilating pirate ships and hostile aliens as you strive to earn your reputation as one of the Elite!

The following statement is by no means an exageration, or solely my opinion:

Elite is quite possibly the best game ever created, a masterpiece of design and gameplay.

While the game is immense (remember that word!) the concept is simple: you are a freelance space pilot… that’s it! The game has 8 galaxies to explore, each containing approximately 500 unique planets. You can be a choose to be a trader and ferry goods between worlds, or a pirate who attacks ships and takes their cargo. Or a bounty hunter, or an asteroid miner or… you get the idea 😉 Earn money, upgrade your ship, undertake missions, maybe even go after the evil Thargoids (the big bad aliens in the game). What you do is entirely up to you.

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Emulation fans may want to try out the original BBC Micro version of the game, or the Archimedes version – regarded by many (myself included) as the best version. Or if you’d rather stick to the PC version then get a copy of Elite +, the remake that has updated graphics and sound.

This game truly is a classic, two thumbs and a leg up!

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Related Links

  • MobyGames: Elite
    Read all about it on MobyGames.
  • Wikipedia: Elite
    Read all about it on Wikipedia.
  • Ian Bell's Elite Pages
    Ian Bell (along with David Braben) are responsible for the original elite. From his page you can get downloads of every official version ever made along with tons of information.
  • Frontier Developments
    David Braben's development company. Here you can find inormation on Elite and it's sequels (Frontier and First Encounters) as well as the upcoming Elite IV. You'll also find he's done other games you will know and love (psssst Rollercoaster Tycoon).
  • The Elite Club
    The Elite Club is a project which aims to bring new life to the Elite series of games, particularly Frontier and First Encounters - in advance of the release of Elite 4. Despite it being many years since their release, there is still a great deal of interest in them, confirmed by the number of mails we at Frontier Developments received following the original Elite Club announcement. The idea is to allow people to freely download the games as shareware, and also allow people to access the source code and legitimately update the games - bringing them up to date with current technology. We also hope that the creators of some of the Elite/Frontier tribute games will join the Club, as this will provide a support network for developers, and also allow these games to be set in the Elite universe.
  • Elite - The New Kind
    Reverse engineered version of the BBC game, rewritten in C with better graphics for the PC.
  • Jades.org
    Great Elite related site

Elite

  • Designed by: Realtime Games
  • Published by: Firebird

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2 Responses to “Elite”

  1. a gravatar Kerry Says:

    This is another one of those games which can proudly claim to be the first of it’s genre. I played this on my Acorn BBC model B microcomputer. The moment I first launched my Cobra Mk III I was hooked. Two young English University Undergraduates, apparently after many rejections from software publishers because it was thought the game wouldn’t sell, finally managed to get it published under Acornsoft. It became a cult classic and made the two undergrads, David Braben & Ian Bell millionaires. David went on to almost single handedly program-code the follow up Elite Frontier for the Amiga 500 but due to deadline constraints imposed by software publisher(s) put out a game which was perhaps not as complete as David would have liked it to be. It was still a fantastic game in my opinion, & the stars & planets & ships were all very accurately modeled on newtonian / astrophysics, and the star systems within several light years from our Solar System are similarly all accurately represented. The good news is David is now after many many years finally about to bring the latest game to the stable – called Elite Dangerous, which should be surfacing in 2014. It looks absolutely mouth watering as can be seen by regular video updates released by David on Youtube

  2. a gravatar Marrsy Says:

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