Elite is the first in the series of space simulator games and is among the longest-running in gaming today. Elite was first released in 1984 for BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers and quickly got a port to multiple other home computer systems.
The original Elite is revered as a classic, and it introduced many ideas into the gaming world that are used all over the industry to this day! The series lives on even now, with the latest title, Elite Dangerous, still being played by thousands daily.
Why am I giving this trip down memory lane? Well, The original Elite just got remade – but in Teletext! I’ll admit I never saw Teletext as a game platform until now, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.
Teletext Elite is the full BBC Micro version of the game with all the Teletext/Ceefax trimmings.
If you grew up with either Elite or Teletext, this project hits all the right nostalgia buttons. I still remember thinking it was like magic that you could look up the weather on Teletext whenever you wanted. It really is incredible to see an entire game on the platform.
Like the best fanmade projects, Teletext Elite started as a “bonkers suggestion” and ended up a labor of love with Mark Moxon, the creator, thrilled with the final product. A full introduction to how Teletext Elite came to be can be read here.
Anthony is a freelance writer and has worked in the industry for three years. He’s furiously competitive and is always looking for the next big multiplayer hit. Anthony is a passionate PS1 collector and firmly believes in playing games in his collection rather than letting them collect dust on a shelf. He is also passionate about speedrunning and always looks forward to the next GDQ and ESA events.