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[Cassette inlay]
Full titleElite
Year of release1985
PublisherFirebird Software Ltd (UK)
Re-released byBoots (UK)
Serma Software (Spain)
Author(s)Torus (Philip Mochan, Ricardo J.M. Pinto, Dominic M.N. Prior, Mark Wighton)
Tie-in licenceIan C.G. Bell (UK) / David Braben (UK) (original game: Elite)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Number of players1
TypeStrategy: Management
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£14.95
2800 ptas.
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeMultiple schemes (see individual downloads)
Additional infoAppeared on tape 1, side B of the compilation Supreme Challenge (Beau-Jolly Ltd)
Appeared on side A of covertape ZX Files Megatape 4 (ZX Files), as 'Elite (Joystick Club Version)'
This title is a member of this group of titles
Participant in the C&VG 1984 Golden Joystick Awards
Participant in the Game of the Year Awards 1985
Features Vector Graphics
Features Lenslok Protection
Part of the Gold Edition series
Also listed on Wikipedia and Freebase
RemarksWinner of the C&VG 1984 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Original Game.
Winner of the Game of the Year Awards 1985 - Game of the Year.
Winner of the Game of the Year Awards 1985 - Best Arcade Game.
Winner of the Game of the Year Awards 1985 - Best Spectrum Game.
There also was an Elite Commander Editor, Elite Character Designer, Elite Editor, Elite Service, Elite Shipbuilder and Super Elite Editor.
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MSX, NES and SAM Coupe
An unofficial conversion exists for the Commodore Plus/4
Score 8.30 (719 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
FilenameSizeTypeOriginCodeBarcodeD.L.YearEncoding scheme
Elite.tzx.zip42,833(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release50124390020791986SoftLock
Elite_2.tzx.zip73,280(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release50124390020791986SoftLock
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Run on-line with a 128K Java Spectrum emulator Elite(JoystickClubVersion).tap.zip34,680((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1985
Run on-line with a 128K Java Spectrum emulator Elite128.tap.zip41,381((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1986
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Elite48.tap.zip43,903((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1985

Additional material
Elite.gif3,743(Loading screen)
Elite.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
Elite128.gif3,047(Loading screen)
Elite128.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
Elite.gif3,044(In-game screen)
Elite.pdf4,715,299(English instructions)
Elite.txt19,876(English instructions)
Elite(Acorn).pdf1,634,305(Scanned English instructions)
Elite(SermaSoftware).pdf179,101(Spanish instructions)
Elite.jpg78,049(Cassette inlay)
Elite_Back.jpg98,388(Cassette inlay)
Elite_KeyboardOverlay.jpg35,522(Keyboard overlay)
Elite_LenslokInstructions.pdf380,648(Lenslok instructions)
Elite_QuickKeyControlGuide.jpg123,951(Quick key control guide)
Elite_ShipIdentificationChart.jpg261,013(Ship identification chart)
Elite_Spectrum+ControlGuide.jpg107,524(Spectrum+ control guide)
Elite_TheDarkWheelNovella.txt111,460('Dark Wheel, The' novella)

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Magazine references
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Your Computer6.85page 25(Tips) [full page]
Computer & Video Games8.85page 83(Tips) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly8.85page 504(News/Note - Spectrum Elite has novel protection) [full page]
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Crash12.85page 65(Letter) [full page]
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