A list of all the Elite hacks on this site
When exploring the source code for seminal games like Elite, one often gets to thinking about what might have been, about what still could be. The following Elite-related hacks are exactly the kinds of thing that happen when, as a coder, you decide to take the detour.
As one Elite fan to another, I really hope you enjoy the treasures on this page. They are all made with a great deal of love - for the original game, and for the joy of coding. Right on, Commanders!
Elite Universe Editor
I always wondered what it would be like to fly my Cobra Mk III through the iconic screenshot on the back of the box, so I wrote the Elite Universe Editor to find out. Turns out it's quite the experience...
- An introduction to the Elite Universe Editor - Create your own Elite universes and "press play" to bring them to life
- Downloading the Elite Universe Editor - How to download and play the Elite Universe Editor, on both the BBC and Commodore 64
- A summary of keys - All the keys used in all the different versions of the Elite Universe Editor
- Instructions for the BBC version - Full instructions for the Elite Universe Editor on the BBC Micro and Master
- Instructions for the Commodore 64 version - Full instructions for the Elite Universe Editor on the Commodore 64
- Technical information - Details of how the Elite Universe Editor works under the bonnet
The BBC Master's flicker-free ships are a thing of beauty, so I just had to backport the algorithm to the original BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Commodore 64 versions. The results are super-smooth...
- An introduction to flicker-free Elite - Improved ship drawing on the BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and Commodore Plus/4
- Downloading flicker-free Elite - How to download and play flicker-free Elite, on both the BBC and Commodore
- Technical information - Details of how flicker-free Elite weaves its magic
Love Ceefax? Me too! Adore Elite? Sure do! Want to see what happens when we squish them together? Yes, you do, because Teletext Elite turns out to be something really special...
- An introduction to Teletext Elite - The disc version of BBC Micro Elite, converted to run in teletext
- Downloading Teletext Elite - How to download and play Teletext Elite
- Instructions for Teletext Elite - Full instructions for Teletext Elite on the BBC Micro
- Technical information - Details of how Elite was converted to use teletext
BBC Micro Elite... with music!
The Commodore 64 version of Elite includes two pieces of music: a catchy title track, and the classic Blue Danube that plays when the docking computer is engaged. Thanks to some technical wizardry from the Bitshifters, I've been able to backport both tunes to the BBC Micro, in all their 8-bit glory...
- About the musical version of BBC Micro Elite - BBC Micro and BBC Master Elite, with added title and docking music
- Downloading musical BBC Micro Elite - How to download and play BBC Micro Elite with music
- Technical information - How the Commodore 64's music was ported to Elite on the BBC Micro
BBC Micro disc Elite on the BBC Master
The BBC Master is a wonderful computer, but did you know it can't run the original 1984 version of Elite? This simply will not do, so I've converted BBC Micro disc Elite to work on the BBC Master, because everyone knows space should be black-and-white...
- About BBC Micro disc Elite on the BBC Master - The disc version of BBC Micro Elite, converted to run on the BBC Master
- Downloading BBC Master disc Elite - How to download and play the original disc version of Elite on the BBC Master
- Technical information - Details of how disc Elite was converted from the BBC Micro to the BBC Master