RIP Archer Maclean , the man behind IK+

Another legend has gone…
Programmer Archer MacLean died on December 17th 2022 . so sad 😦
With truly great sadness we in 8bit legends report that the video game innovative developer Archer Maclean has left our world.
A true pioneer and visionary of the industry in the 8bit world who developed the true classic and innovative game international karate in the mid 80’s and so many other great games .
Thank you Archer for childhood computer memories and fabulous time playing your incredible games back in the day like international karat and Dropzone . a side note from 8bit Legends website:
We’ve lost so many great pioneers this year and it’s really hard 😦   

International Karate by archer Maclean , one of the best famous games back in the day

Archer Maclean (28 January 1962 – 17 December 2022) was a British video game programmer. He was the author of Dropzone which he developed for the Atari 8-bit family and was ported to other systems. Maclean also developed the Commodore 64 version of International Karate and the sequel, IK+ , which was developed for the Commodore 64 and ported to other 8/16 bit systems with a great success . He was also known for his series of snooker and pool games, which commenced with Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker in 1991 .

ReleaseTitleRole(s)
1984DropzoneWriting
1986International KarateDesign, graphics
1987International Karate +Design, writing, graphics, sound FX
1991Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ SnookerGame design, programming, graphics, sound FX
1992Archer Maclean’s PoolOriginal design, programming, sound FX
1998Jimmy White’s 2: CueballDirection, design, original code, music, sound FX
2001Jimmy White’s Cueball WorldDesign
2004Archer Maclean Presents Pool ParadiseCreative director
2005Archer Maclean’s MercuryOriginal concept
2009WheelspinDirection, production, design
Notable work of Archer Maclean

on the link you can see a documentary of producing the classic C64 game IK+ by the developer himself Archer Maclean .
Great Insight into Archer MaClean RIP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRFZS9wzt7s

Rest in peace Archer

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  1. So sorry.. Rest in peace dear Archer MacLean. Regards former President Amiga Petro Tyschtschenko

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