Jon Ritman

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Jon Ritman is a game designer and programmer notable for his work on 1980s computer games. Working primarily on games for the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC home computer range. His first experience with a computer was at the age of 13, and first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 that he bought in 1981.[1]

His first game, Namtir Raiders for the ZX81, gained its name from his surname reversed. He first garnered attention with his games Bear Bovver and Match Day for the ZX Spectrum. As of March 2007, three of the top twenty games listed at World of Spectrum[2] were written by Ritman: Head over Heels, Batman and Match Day II.

In 1988, Ritman was voted Best Programmer Of The Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.[3]

In 2014 Ritman appeared in the documentary feature film From Bedrooms to Billions (2014) a film that tells the story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to present.

Video games developed[edit]

Additionally, Ritman worked in two other football project that were not published:[5]


  1. ^ Ritman bio at
  2. ^ "Visitor Voted Top 100 Best Games". World of Spectrum. Martijn van der Heide. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
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  4. ^ Interview with Ritman at
  5. ^ Retro Gamer magazine (Spanish edition) issue 19, pages 136-141

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