Grange Hill (video game)

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Grange Hill
Grange Hill
Sinclair ZX Spectrum cover art image of Grange Hill
Developer(s) Bug-Byte or Argus Press Software[1]
Platform(s) Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
Release 1987
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Grange Hill was a video game made for 8-bit computers including the Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum[2] and Amstrad CPC.[3] It was based on Grange Hill, a popular children's television show. The music was done by David Whittaker,[1] but did not include the TV show's theme tune.


The game's protagonist was Luke "Gonch" Gardener, with Paul "Hollo" Holloway as an assistant (see the list of pupils in Grange Hill). The object of the game is to retrieve Gonch's personal stereo from the school after hours, which his teacher confiscated.

The game was coded by Michael Delves.[1] It was made by Bug-Byte,[4] which is a brand owned by Argus Press PLC.[5]

Grange Hill is probably most famous for its Anti-Drug message and what is often considered[by whom?] one of the darkest game overs ever, when you walk into a particular screen:

"You see a shifty man in a leather jacket. "Hey, Son. Want to buy some of this?" The man offers you a packet of white powder. He is a pusher"

[Player selects "Yes"]

"There is an empty look in his eye as he snatches the money from your hand. His face is pale and drawn; His body thin and unfed. He steals to keep his habit; And makes addicts of children. He is dead, and soon you will be too."