Archer MacLean (born 28 January 1962) is a British video game programmer. He is the author of Dropzone and International Karate, which he developed for the Atari 8-bit family but were ported to other systems. Archer also created the sequel to International Karate, 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 ).
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.
- "In the chair with ... Archer Maclean", Retro Gamer (63), April 2009
- "Archer Maclean resigns from Awesome Studios". games-industry.biz.
- "Archer Maclean talks Mercury interview". Eurogamer.
- "Archer MacLean's interview about WheelSpin on C&VG Online". Computerandvideogames.com. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Awesome Play
- Archer Maclean's profile at MobyGames
- Archer Maclean interview from Halcyon Days
- 2009 interview regarding the Wii from Wii's World
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