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Repton

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Released: 1985

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Superior Software

Developer: Tim Tyler

Submitted by: Mat Corne

After Elite (and I suppose Granny’s Garden ) probably the most well known game on the BBC is Tim Tyler’s Repton and its many sequels. The object and style of the game is very similar to Boulder Dash – dig through the earth, collect the diamonds and avoid the falling rocks – but the original game was released at virtually the same time so shouldn’t be considered a clone. And while Boulder Dash has a certain charm, Repton has a lot more style with larger, more colourful sprites, smooth scrolling, a jaunty tune and the added distraction of eggs that hatch into big green monsters! Also useful was the map screen that allowed you to view the entire playing field to work out your strategy for collecting all the diamonds.

Repton was arguably the flagship character on the BBC Micro, just as Superior Software was the flagship games company, and while some of the games were ported to platforms such as the Spectrum and C64, there is no doubt that Repton was and always will be a Beeb original. The legacy lives on to this day with PC remakes of the games available from Superior Interactive.