Moby ID: 46533
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The tape versions of Elite were part of the original release, alongside the first BBC disk release. They differ from the disk version in that they don't feature missions and have less types of ships. There are two of these tape releases, for the Acorn Electron and the BBC Micro Model B.

The Acorn Electron release also doesn't feature the alien Thargoids race or suns, and displays the entire game in video mode 4 (black and white), so no colour HUD is present.

In the game the player can fly around the universe in his or her space ship. The player starts out with virtually no equipment and can trade goods between star systems to make a living. More money allows the player to buy better equipment. Meanwhile the player must be on the lookout for pirates.

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1001 Video Games

Elite appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The original version for the BBC Micro system was so successful that its sales total equated to around 2/3rd of all BBC systems in use. This was even more incredible given that the BBC was mainly used in schools for educational software.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Beebug Magazine
    • 1984 - Best Game Ever for BBC Micro
  • Stuff
    • 2008 - #6 Greatest Games of All Time

Information also contributed by Martin Smith, SharkD and FatherJack

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Game added by vedder.

Additional contributors: Zeppin, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack, ZeTomes.

Game added May 15th, 2010. Last modified September 29th, 2023.