Level 9 Computing, Ltd.
Moby ID: 698
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Level 9 Computing Ltd was founded in 1981 in the United Kingdom by three brothers: Mike, Pete and Nick Austin. Its aim was to produce and publish high quality text adventures initially for the BBC computer, and later the company expanded to other 8-bit and 16-bit computers of that era.
Mainly due to the decline in sales of text based adventures at the end of the 80s, Level 9 Computing had to close down in mid 1991. In the ten years in between it published over 20 main titles plus some licensed titles which have helped shape the adventure scene. Most of those releases were highly appreciated (and compared against those of Infocom). The theme of these adventures was initially set in fantasy and Middle Earth (which yielded the compilation: Jewels of Darkness), and later it published adventures with a Sci-Fi theme (Silicon Dreams trilogy). In the mid-80s it added relatively rudimentary graphics to new and existing releases.
Around 1987 Level 9 Computing worked together with British Telecom to publish new titles under the Rainbird Software label. After the end of that venture, it founded Mandarin Software to publish future titles which included digitised graphics to enhance the game.
Note: Level 9 used its in-house developed adventure interpreter called A-Code. An advanced interpreter which yielded a very compact adventure through compression and saved space up to 50% to fit into the 32K of RAM of the computers of that time. Where the initial adventure had 200 locations, their game Snowball, for instance, had 7000.
Credited on 27 Games from 1982 to 1991
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|Champion of the Raj (1991 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST)|
|Billy the Kid (1990 on DOS, Amiga)|
|It Came from the Desert (1989 on DOS, Amiga)|
|Scapeghost (1989 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|Ingrid's Back! (1988 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|Lancelot (1988 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|Time and Magik: The Trilogy (1988 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|Knight Orc (1987 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (1987 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|Gnome Ranger (1987 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|The Price of Magik (1986 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|Jewels of Darkness (1986 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|Silicon Dreams (1986 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)|
|The Archers (1986 on BBC Micro)|
|The Archers (1986 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|The Worm in Paradise (1985 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (1985 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|Red Moon (1985 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
|Emerald Isle (1985 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, MSX...)|
|Return to Eden (1984 on Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, ZX Spectrum...)|
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Until release of the floppy-disk based Spectrum +3 in 1987, Level 9's Spectrum games were only released on cassette in text-only form. Later titles were released on both cassette and disk, but the disk versions also came with a utility called Upgrade, which could be used to create a text-and-graphics +3 version, by converting the Amstrad version into something the Spectrum's OS could understand.
Contact Address (1988):
Level 9 Computing,
PO Box 39,
AVON BS24 9UR
Related Web Sites +
The Level 9 Memorial
This page has the history of Level 9, plus tools for playing their games today.
Level Nine Fact Sheet
Extensive text file with lots of information, trivia, facts about the company and their games.
Level 9 - Masters of Adventure (and nice people too!)
UK Atari Magazine "Page 6" July 1988 Article on Level 9
- 5 games with Rainbird Software
- 5 games with Mosaic Publishing
- 3 games with Firebird Licensees Inc.
- 3 games with United Software GmbH
- 2 games with Mirrorsoft Ltd.
- 2 games with Datasoft, Inc.
- 2 games with WHS Distributors
- 2 games with Mandarin Software
- 1 game with Constellation Software
- 1 game with Cinemaware Corporation