Archer Maclean

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Archer Maclean (born 28 January 1962) is a British video game programmer. He is the author of Dropzone which he developed for the Atari 8-bit family and was ported to other systems. Archer also created International Karate and the sequel, IK+ which was developed for the Commodore 64 and ported to other systems. He is also known for his series of snooker and pool games, which commenced with Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker in 1991 (that was originally called 147[1]).

He left Awesome Studios—the studio he helped found and establish—in July 2005 [2] and now[when?] runs Awesome Play.[3]


Maclean's most recent title while working for Awesome Studios was Archer Maclean's Mercury completed in 2005, before he left the studio for unknown reasons.

The follow-up versions were Mercury Meltdown for the PlayStation Portable, Mercury Meltdown Remix for the PlayStation 2, and Mercury Meltdown Revolution for the Wii. Maclean then developed a futuristic racing game, WheelSpin, for the Wii.[4]

Maclean also writes a monthly column for Retro Gamer magazine.[citation needed]

Release Title Role
1984 Dropzone
1985 International Karate
1987 International Karate +
1991 Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker
1992 Archer Maclean's Pool
1999 Jimmy White's 2: Cueball
2001 Jimmy White's Cueball World
2004 Pool Paradise
2005 Archer Maclean's Mercury
2009 Wheelspin


  1. ^ "In the chair with ... Archer Maclean", Retro Gamer (63), April 2009
  2. ^ "Archer Maclean resigns from Awesome Studios".
  3. ^ "Archer Maclean talks Mercury interview". Eurogamer. 20 April 2005.
  4. ^ "Archer Maclean's interview about WheelSpin on C&VG Online". 14 October 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011.

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