Elite from Acornsoft was written by Ian Bell and David Braben using an Acorn Atom and BBC Micro. Elite contains many industry firsts and is the seminal 3D space trading and combat game. The game itself is quite simple. Trade goods to make money to upgrade your ship, defend yourself against pirates and increase your combat status with the aim of the game being to progress from a standing of Harmless to ELITE. I lost many, many hours to this game and it's huge eight galaxy game world. The game was produced for many 8, 16 and 32-bit platforms and the BBC Micro itself had several different versions all for itself, with BBC B, BBC Master and 6502 Second processor editions being produced. 

Acornsoft Elite case - front cover

The box itself contained so many items that added to the Elite mythology including an extensIIIe Flight Training Manual and a novella by Robert Holdstock called "The Dark Wheel"


You can see from the screenshots several aspects of the game, from the loading screen...

Elite screenshot