February 3, 2023

Archer Maclean, the developer of a number of basic video games for early dwelling computer systems, has handed away. Maclean was 60 years previous.

Maclean’s passing was famous by members of the retro video games neighborhood. “Shocked and saddened to listen to that legendary C64 programmer Archer Maclean handed away yesterday. He produced a few of the machine’s best video games, together with Worldwide Karate and my all-time favourite shooter on the system, Dropzone. My coronary heart goes out to his household.”, wrote video games journalist Jaz Rignall on Twitter.

Within the ’80s, Maclean developed combating video games Worldwide Karate and sequel IK+, earlier than growing Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker and Archer Maclean’s Pool and several other sequels within the ’90s.

Maclean’s ultimate releases had been Archer Maclean’s Mercury, a launch sport on PSP, and battle racer Wheelspin for Wii in 2009. In newer years, he had written for Retro Gamer journal.

I grew up enjoying Maclean’s video games. We had IK+ for the Amstrad CPC and it was, I feel, the primary combating sport I ever performed. I then spent many joyful hours enjoying Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker and Archer Maclean’s Pool on Amiga (each video games had been additionally launched on MS-DOS). Given the naming conference of every sport, as a child I merely assumed Maclean was a well-known pool participant, relatively than a sport developer.


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