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Full titleBandersnatch
Year of releasenever
PublisherImagine Software Ltd (UK)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
ControlsKeyboard
TypeArcade: Adventure
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
AvailabilityNever released
Additional infoAlso listed on Wikipedia and Freebase
RemarksPerhaps the most (in)famous of all the Spectrum unreleased games.
Probably the best article on the story behind the game can be found in issue 12 of Crash in The Biggest Commercial Break of Them All (available on the on-line version), which tells the story about the television program which charted Imagine's downfall.
Briefly, Imagine were one of the most publicity-hungry companies of their day. From early 1984 they began publicising their so-called Megagames, Bandersnatch for the Spectrum and Psyclapse for the Commodore 64, and a number of different adverts appeared during the year for the games in the computer press.
Imagine had said that they had reached the limit of the capabilities of the Spectrum and planned to release the game with a hardware add-on which would increase the Spectrum's memory. Various reports suggested that the game would costs anywhere between £20 to £40.
The game though was never finished and Imagine collapsed during about the Autumn of 1984.
On Games That Weren't, Marc Dawson comments that the Megagames had reached "quite an advanced stage and looked incredible"
The game never appeared despite the fact that Ian Heatherington and Dave Lawson formed a company called Fireiron (nb - I have also seen reports saying this company was called Finchspeed) and planned to release the game for Sinclair Research for the QL either on ROM cartridge or Microdrive.
Some of the programmers who worked on Bandersnatch went on to form Denton Designs and their first game Gift from the Gods was described as a "direct descendant" of the ill-fated Megagame. The central character in Gift was said to be very similar to the one in Bandersnatch.
The game also made an appearance for the Atari ST in the guise of Brattacus, released by Psygnosis, a company also formed by messrs Heatherington and Lawson. Marc Dawson comments on GTW that Brattacus was a mixture of Bandersnatch and Psyclapse.

Magazine references
MagazineIssueType
Your Computer3.84page 49(News/Note) [full page]
Crash4.84page 43(News/Note) [full page]
Your Spectrum7.84page 56(News/Note) [full page]
Computer & Video Games8.84page 24(News/Note) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly8.84page 305(News/Note - Future of the Megagames) [full page]
Your Spectrum8.84page 34(News/Note) [full page]
Personal Computer Games9.84page 12(News/Note) [full page]
Personal Computer Games9.84page 14(News/Note) [full page]
Home Computing Weekly10.84page 301(News/Note - Bandersnatch rights bought by Sinclair Research) [full page]
Personal Computer Games11.84page 27(Letter) [full page]
Big K12.84page 26(Feature) [full page]
Crash12.84page 41(News/Note) [full page]
Personal Computer Games12.84page 23(News/Note) [full page]
Sinclair Programs12.84page 10(News/Note) [full page]
Sinclair User12.84page 15(News/Note) [full page]
Big K1.85page 11(News/Note) [full page]
Your Computer1.85page 45(News/Note) [full page]
Big K3.85page 5(News/Note) [full page]
ZX Computing2.85page 10(News/Note) [full page]
Sinclair User7.85page 58(Feature - Spirit of Imagine)[full page]
Popular Computing Weekly9.85page 305(News/Note) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly9.85page 328(News/Note) [full page]
Computer & Video Games8.86page 89(News/Note - Barataccas) [full page]

Magazine adverts
MagazineIssueType
Computer & Video Games2.84page 170(Full-page ad) [full page]
Personal Computer Games2.84page 78(Full-page ad) [full page]
Sinclair User2.84page 24(Full-page ad) [full page]
Your Computer2.84page 6(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games3.84page 155(Advert) [full page]
Sinclair User3.84page 84(Full-page ad) [full page]
Your Computer3.84page 82(Full-page ad) [full page]
Crash4.84page 15(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games4.84page 97(Full-page ad) [full page]
Sinclair User4.84page 141(Full-page ad) [full page]
Your Computer4.84page 108(Full-page ad) [full page]
Crash5.84page 33(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games5.84page 78(Full-page ad) [full page]
Crash6.84page 17(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games6.84page 163(Full-page ad) [full page]
Big K7.84page 2(Full-page ad) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.84page 17(Full-page ad) [full page]



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