In 1981, after winning a contract from the BBC, Acorn Computers released the 8-bit BBC Micro computer. This was used in most schools in the UK, and many of us who were at school during this time remember the computer fondly.
Over the last few years we have been lovingly restoring some BBC Micro games from the 1980s onwards. We have put them here so you can play them in an emulator, on a real BBC Micro, or on the web. If you would like to help us improve the site, join us in the Stardot forums. See the contact page for more information.
Which game should you play? There are more than 2000 games on the website, but which are the very best? In the Stardot forums, members contributed their favourite games. The top 20 are:
What do you think? Have we missed your favourite game? Sign up and let us know at the forum!
The site is still under development. We believe we have most of the games written for the BBC Micro apart from a few very obscure ones which we are still trying to track down. If you know of a game we have missed, or even better if you own one, contact us in the forums and we will get it added to the database. We maintain a list of titles which we believe to be missing from the archive in the forums.
We strive for ease of use rather than exact preservation of the original. Software has been transferred from tape to disc image, to speed loading. Changes have been made to enhance usability - see the Who we are section for more detail. Any major changes are noted on the game's page.
In addition to the people who worked on the archive and the website, we would like to give a big thank you to Matt Godbolt for developing jsbeeb, and sharing it with the world on github. It makes the website come alive - anyone can play the BBC Micro games right in the browser!
This web site is open source. and the source is on github. Please feel free to take it and use it for your own website. We would be interested to hear what you have done with it in the forums.
The games on this website, almost without exception, were originally curated by Mick Brown, who announced the "30th Anniversary BBC & Electron Collection" in 2014 and started releasing disc images on the Stardot forum in May of that year.
The collection is made up of games that Mick had first copied to his own "unofficial" compilation discs thirty years before.
Mick has enhanced the games by adding user-friendly instructions (taken from cassette inlays or other authentic sources) and ensuring that the games are compatible with a range of emulators as well as real Acorn hardware.
Our thanks go to Mick for the countless hours of work he has put into compiling, enhancing, testing, and re-testing the games in this collection.
Thanks also to Paul Houghton for developing the bbcmicro.co.uk website, and to Gary for hosting it.
Lee "Eagle Eyes" Newsome proofread the game instructions, tested every game several times, and coordinated the work on the website project. Huge thanks to Dave Moore (user Arcadian on Stardot) for his enduring commitment to preserving and promoting all things Acorn, online and off, including the creation of the invaluable Stairway To Hell archive.
We're grateful to the incredibly knowledgeable members of the Stardot forum for their generous help and support.