28 th September 2011 – Lichfield, Staffs, United Kingdom
Elite Systems, the long established UK based developer and electronic publisher of games for portable, mobile and other devices has confirmed the release date and pricing of the first three (of the nine) games which will kick off the ‘Elite Collection’ of stand-alone iOS Apps.
Elite expect the range to grow quickly, to include dozens and eventually hundreds of 8-bit home computer games - all in their near-100% original form.
The launch game of North American origin is:
- “Black Magic” (the action-adventure, published by Datasoft in 1987)
The launch games from the UK is:
- “First Samurai” (the platform game, published by Image Works in 1992)
The launch games from Germany is:
- “Enforcer” (the shooter from revered German programmer Manfred Trenz, published by Golden Disc in 1992)
Datasoft, the original publisher of “Black Magic”, was founded in 1980 by Pat Ketchum. Today Pat is an acclaimed photographer located in California - in his native home, the USA.
Vivid Image, the original developer of “First Samurai”, was founded in the UK in 1988 by Mevlut Dinc. Mevlut is still actively involved in computer and video game development via his company Sobee located in Istanbul – in his native home, Turkey.
Manfred Trenz is also designer and programmer of the acclaimed 8-bit home computer game, “Turrican” and he was responsible for the graphics in the controversial and highly acclaimed, “Great Giana Sisters”. Manfred is still actively involved computer and video game development via his company Denaris Entertainment Software located in Saarbrücken - in his native home, Germany.
More games will be added to the range in October, including:
Two games of North American origin:
- “M.U.L.E” (the seminal multiplayer game from Ozark Softscape, published in 1983)
- “Alternate Reality: The City” (the first in the cult RPG series, published by Datasoft in 1987)
Two games from the UK:
- “Uridium” (the sci-fi side-scrolling shoot 'em up from Hewson, published in 1986)
- “Paradroid” (Andrew Breybrook’s puzzle-shooter, published by Hewson in 1985)
Two games from Germany are:
- “Bundesliga Manager” (the football (soccer) management simulation, developed by Werner Krahe and Jens Onnen, published by Software 2000 in 1989)
- “Denaris” (the modified Katakis, an R-Type clone, again from Manfred Trenz, published by Rainbow Arts in 1989).
For further information please contact:
Steve Wilcox, Elite®
About Elite®: Elite Systems Ltd was incorporated in England in 1984 and is one of Europe’s most long established developers and publishers of entertainment software. ... a previous iteration of Elite’s technology, was behind the successful launch of some 150 ZX Spectrum games as iOS Apps.
About the ‘Elite Collection’: the launch of the ‘Elite Collection’ of 8-bit home computer games, as stand-alone iOS Apps, has been made possible as a result of recent advances in Elite’s proprietary technology. Elite’s proprietary technology, is called a “facilitator” - since it doesn’t incorporate, reference or in any other way rely upon third-party property, including but not limited to third-party trademark, copyright, patent, trade-dress or good will - yet it makes it possible for games originally devised for one platform to be played on another with the minimum of costly and time consuming porting, or other forms of re-engineering *: some games require iOS device support for OpenGL ES 2.0
All of the games from Germany will be launched with German-language in-app text. Versions with English-language in-app text will be launched separately.
A unique feature of the Apps (the first of which will go live on the iTunes App Store in early October) is Elite’s much-vaunted iDaptive Controls (i.e. user-definable, game-specific joystick, keypad & canvass controls), an instructional video for which can be found by Googling “Tiny URL 22qh8hl” and here: http://tinyurl.com/22qh8hl Other features of all of the Apps include:
- ‘auto save’ on exiting any game
- a separate cheat version, where appropriate.
Initially the Apps will be priced at £0.69 (Euro0.79 US$0.99). At some future date it’s hoped that an ‘Elite Collection’ iOS App, including both bundled 8-bit home computer games and an in-app ‘Shop’ will be launched. To locate the Apps, just search for “8-bit” (or “8 bit”) at the iTunes App Store.
The App Store links for the first 3 apps are:
Black Magic HD
First Samurai HD
Enforcer DE (German-language version)
Enforcer DE HD (German-language version)
Enforcer (English-language version)
Enforcer HD (English-language version)