Mikro-Gen

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Mikro-Gen
Industry Computer software
Fate Acquired by Creative Sparks Distribution
Founded 1981 (1981)
Founders Mike Meek, Andrew Laurie
Defunct 1987 (1987)
Headquarters Bracknell, England

Mikro-Gen was a UK software company based in Bracknell, Berkshire that produced games for home computers in the early to mid-1980s.

The company was formed by Mike Meek and Andrew Laurie in 1981, in order to capitalise on the growing boom of microcomputers in the home.[1] The company had a solid reputation but became more prominent with its series of games featuring Wally Week and his family, all of which got excellent reviews in the highly respected computer magazine Crash. Later, the company invested £130,000 in producing the Mikro Plus,[2] which shadowed the Spectrum's 16K ROM with RAM, allowing 64K of data for games. However, only one title, Shadow of the Unicorn was produced.[3]

The company was brought out by Creative Sparks Distribution in 1987, which subsequently went into receivership.[4]

Notable releases[edit]

  • Star Trek - 1982.
  • Knockout - 1983.
  • Mad Martha - 1983.
  • Genesis II - 1984 - written by Dale & Shelley McLoughlin.
  • Witch's Cauldron - 1985[5] - written by Dale & Shelley McLoughlin
  • Laserwarp - 1983; Reviewed in Crash with an overall score of 77%[6]
  • Air Traffic Control - 1984 - by Dale McLoughlin
  • Automania - 1984; Reviewed in Crash with an overall score of 88%[7]
  • Pyjamarama - 1984. Reviewed in Crash issue 10 - 92%
  • Everyone's A Wally - 1985. Reviewed in Crash issue 14 - 93%
  • Herbert's Dummy Run - 1985. Reviewed in Crash issue 18 - 90%
  • Shadow of the Unicorn - 1985. Reviewed in Crash issue 24 - 7/10
  • Battle of the Planets - 1985. Reviewed in Crash issue 26 - 71%
  • Three Weeks in Paradise - 1985. Reviewed in Crash issue 26 - 93%
  • Equinox - 1986. Reviewed in Crash issue 30 - 87%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wally guide to Mikro-Gen" (37). Sinclair User. 1985. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shadow of the Unicorn" (20). Crash. 1985. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Graeme Kidd (1985). "Breathe new life into the user port" (19). Crash. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ David Lester (10 December 1987). "Risen from the Ashes". Popular Computing Weekly. p. 32. 
  5. ^ "CRASH 17 - Witch's Cauldron". 
  6. ^ "CRASH 2 - Index". 
  7. ^ "CRASH 7 - Automania". 

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