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Elite on the BBC Micro

Different releases of each version

All the versions of Elite on this site have had a few different releases over the years. For example, the BBC Micro disc version was launched with a couple of serious issues (the "refund" and "asteroid" bugs), so Acornsoft quickly put out a new release containing a set of fixes, and then there are the unofficial releases and source discs put out by the authors.

This table lists all the different releases that I know about, with links to more information. You can play each release online; the links will take you to JSBeeb or ElkJS, which will run the game right there in your browser. If you want to play the game on a real computer or in an emulator, there are also links to the relevant SSD disc images, as well as UEF tape images for some versions.

Most releases come in both the original version and a new flicker-free version that incorporates the improved ship-drawing routines from the BBC Master. For more details on how I created the flicker-free versions, see the deep dive on backporting the flicker-free algorithm.

Version ReleasePlaying this release

Cassette

Ian Bell's source disc

Acornsoft SBG38 v1.0

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Cassette

Ian Bell's text sources

Acornsoft SBG38 v1.1 (TBC)

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Disc

Ian Bell's game disc

Acornsoft SNG38 v1.0

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Disc

Stairway to Hell release

Acornsoft SNG38 v1.1

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Disc

Sideways RAM version

Acornsoft SLG38 v1.1 (TBC)

Not analysed yet

Electron

First release

Acornsoft SLG38 v1.0

Not analysed yet

Electron

Stairway to Hell release

Acornsoft SLG38 v1.1

Play online: ElkJS

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Download UEF: Original, Flicker-free

6502SP

Acornsoft SNG45 release

Acornsoft SNG45 v1.0

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

6502SP

Ian Bell's source disc

Not officially released

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

6502SP

The Executive version

Not officially released

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Master

Acornsoft SNG47 release

Acornsoft SNG47 v1.0

Play online: Original

Download SSD: Original

Master

Master Compact release

Superior Software

Play online: Original

Download SSD: Original

Elite-A

Released version

From Angus Duggan's site

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Elite-A

Angus Duggan's source disc

Not officially released

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

Elite-A

Bug fix release

Not officially released

Play online: Original, Flicker-free

Download SSD: Original, Flicker-free

To play Elite with an SSD disc image, load the disc image into drive 0 and press SHIFT-BREAK. To play Elite with a UEF tape image, load the image into the cassette player and enter CHAIN "ELITE".

This table is not necessarily comprehensive, but it contains every release that I have analysed, plus the first Electron release with the broken galactic hyperdrive, which I am still trying to track down for inclusion, and the BBC Micro sideways RAM version, which I have yet to analyse.

I've also listed the official release details, where applicable, though note that the version numbers are my own. Finally, I am not sure whether v1.1 of the BBC Micro cassette version was ever officially released; investigations are ongoing.