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Elite on the BBC Micro

About the disc version of Elite

Information on the enhanced version of the original Elite

BBC Micro disc Elite screenshot

If you are going to play just one version of BBC Micro Elite, make it this one. Launched in September 1984 alongside the cassette version, the BBC Micro disc version plays just like its tape-based sibling, but contains a number of extra features that make it the canonical version of Acornsoft Elite.

These enhanced features include: lots of additional ship types, the Dodo space station, mining and military lasers, two missions, a proper docking computer, the ability to search for systems by name, a glimpse of the ship hanger when docking, and Bitstik support. Later versions of the game may have added more colour and speed, but none of the official releases messed about with the core gaming experience that was laid down in the venerable disc version. (That task was left to Elite-A, which mixed things up quite a bit, and to great effect.)

Here are some suggestions for exploring this version of Elite: