‘Elite Collection’ and ‘Elite Collection HD’ iOS Apps, Dated and Priced – “A Dozen Games For


6 th December 2011 – Lichfield, Staffs, United Kingdom

Elite Systems, the long established UK based developer and electronic publisher of games for portable, mobile and other devices – who in October announced a brief delay in the release of the ‘Elite Collection’ and ‘Elite Collection HD’ Apps – has confirmed the Apps have been re-scheduled for release during the weekend of 16 th December, 2011 (except on the Americas) with a 7-day-only promotional launch pricing (£0.69/Euro0.79/$0.99).

The Apps, which include support for Ion Audio’s iCade controller, will include both twelve bundled, near-100% original, 8-bit home computer games and an in-app ‘Shop’ (offering a further sixteen games, including an ‘Elite Collection’ exclusive, “Bruce Lee” for purchase).

Commenting upon the launch plans, Elite’s MD Steve Wilcox said,

“The launch of the Apps in the Americas will take place a little later, most likely in mid-to-late January. We’ve been offered some truly-classic, 80s, American, 8-bit home computer games for inclusion in the in-app ‘Shop’ and we need a little more time to ensure that the work required to get them ready is completed.”

Speaking about the Apps, Elite® MD Steve Wilcox said,

            We have ambitious goals for “Elite Collection” …

“… to offer access - via mobile and wireless devices - to many of the thousands of fantastic 8-bit home computer games created since 1982…


“…to restore some order to the market for 8-bit home computer games and to enable other developers and publishers to offer access to their games by licencing our Elite Collection technology for a modest one off fee.”

“This initial release contains 12 near-100% original 8-bit home computer games, including but not limited to:

Elite Collection Vol. #1 - included,

- featuring ALTERNATE REALITY: THE CITY and also including,

- Black Magic

- Alternate Reality: The Dungeon

Elite Collection Vol. #2 - included,

- featuring URIDIUM and also including,

- Buggy Boy (a.k.a. Speed Buggy)

- First Samurai

Elite Collection Vol. #3 - included,

- featuring BUNDESLIGA MANAGER and also including

- Denaris

- Enforcer

“It also contains an in-App ‘shop’ offering:

- the next five volumes (Vol. #4 to Vol. #9 - priced at £1.49/€1.59/US$1.99), each volume containing between 1 and 3 near-100% original 8-bit home computer games and

- the first three 'Singles', each priced £0.69/€0.79/US$0.99, featuring EMLYN HUGHES INTERNATIONAL SOCCER

“Vol. #1 to #9 of the App is a work-in-progress. We’re committed to improving and further developing the App in the weeks and months ahead and to adding to the in-App ‘shop’ further volumes and games such as, we hope:

Freefall Games Vol. #1

- featuring ARCHON II: ADEPT

Geoff Crammond Vol. #1

- featuring STUNT CAR RACER 

Novagen Vol. #1

            - featuring Mercenary: Esacpe From Targ

Ozark Softscape Vol. #1

- featuring M.U.L.E.

“At launch, the games available for purchase from the in-App ‘Shop’ will number sixteen but that number is expected to rise to more than 100 over time. We also anticipate adding Game Centre and other support over time but initially our highest priority will be signing the very best 8-bit home computer games that the 1980s and early 90s had to offer.”

For further information please contact:

Steve Wilcox, Elite®

Tel. + 44 (0) 154 326 8826 Mail paperboy@elite-systems.co.uk Web www.elite-systems.co.uk

About the “Elite Collection” & “Elite Collection HD” iOS Apps:

Other bundled games:

-           “Battleships” a.k.a. “Battleship” (the naval strategy game, published by Elite in 1987 and by Epyx in 1988)

-           “Frank Bruno’s Boxing” (a variation on Nintendo’s ‘Punch Out’, published by Elite in 1985)

-           “Batty” (a variation on Taito’s ‘Arkanoid’, published by Elite in 1987)

Elite has settled upon:

- adding four volumes (each volume containing between 1 and 6 near-100% original 8-bit home computer games) to the in-App ‘shop’ every other month, and

- releasing a small number of near-100% original 8-bit home computer games each month as stand-alone Apps, (as well as making them available as in-App purchases).

App Store links:

“Elite Collection”: Regular price (£1.99/€2.39/US$2.99)


“Elite Collection HD”: Regular price (£2.99/€3.99/US$4.99)


About the ‘Elite Collection’: the launch of the ‘Elite Collection’ 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

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.

A unique feature of the Apps 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

-           portrait and landscape play / display modes

-           authentic sound  

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