How to download and play the original disc version of Elite on the BBC Master
Here's what you need to enjoy the BBC Micro version of Elite on both MOS 3.20 and MOS 3.50:
- Play the BBC Master version of BBC Micro disc Elite in your browser.
- Play the flicker-free BBC Master version of BBC Micro disc Elite in your browser.
- Download the BBC Master version of BBC Micro disc Elite as a disc image (or download the flicker-free version). This will run in an emulator, or on a real BBC Master 128 using a device like a Gotek, and is probably the version you want (specifically, this is the Stairway to Hell variant, which contains all the bug fixes).
- You can also download a BBC Master version of the variant on Ian Bell's site (or download the flicker-free version). This contains the bugs from the very first release (see more details) and is aimed at those interested in the history of the game; you probably don't want to play this one.
To load BBC Micro disc Elite on a BBC Master, simply insert the disc image and press SHIFT-BREAK (or SHIFT-F12 on most emulators).
Incidentally, this hacked version only works on the BBC Master, and will not work on the BBC Micro. BBC Micro owners should, of course, play the original disc version instead.
BBC Master disc Elite has had the following releases:
- 2022-12-19 - Initial release
- 2023-02-22 - Released a flicker-free version (with flicker-free ships and planets)
You can check the release for a given disc image by loading the disc and typing *TYPE README to display the credits. The build date is at the end.