The Rocky Horror Show (video game)

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The Rocky Horror Show
Developer(s)CRL Group
Publisher(s)CRL Group
Programmer(s)Ian Ellery
Platform(s)Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum

The Rocky Horror Show is a video game, based on the musical of the same name, it was developed and published by CRL Group.

The game received generally positive reviews from video game critics.


Based on the musical of the same name, The Rocky Horror Show has the players control either Brad or Janet.


The Rocky Horror Show was published and developed by CRL Group, having made previously licensed games such as The War of the Worlds. In 1984, negotiations by CRL were made to obtain the rights to make a computer game on the property.[1] CRL's CEO Clem Chambers claimed in an interview with GamesTM that the rights holder for the property approached the company after being impressed by their work with The War of the Worlds.[2] Chambers stated he wanted to base the game on the environments of the stage show instead of "the elements of dubious taste in the show itself".[1]

Rocky Horror's creator Richard O'Brien didn't have much involvement with making the game, due to being "terrified of technology". Ian Ellery, a fan of Rocky Horror, was the game's programmer.[3]


Review scores
Sinclair User3/5 stars[6]
Computer Gamer15/20[7]

The Rocky Horror Show received generally positive reviews.

Retrospectives of the game have also been positive. Retro Gamer considered the game to be decent and worth playing.[8] Sam Derboo from Hardcore Gaming 101 criticized the Commodore 64 version for running slow compared to the Spectrum and Amstrad versions.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Rocky Horror Picture Show game from CRL". Popular Computing Weekly. 8 November 1984. p. 5.
  2. ^ GamesTM Staff. "In converation with Clem Chambers". GamesTM (Interview). Imagine Publishing. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Rocky Horror - A Small Scream". Your Computer. Vol. 5 no. 3. March 1985. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Reviews". Computer and Video Games. No. 45. July 1985. p. 21.
  5. ^ "Reviews". Crash. No. 18. July 1985. p. 12.
  6. ^ Gilbert, John (August 1985). "Spectrum Software Scene". Sinclair User. No. 41. p. 28.
  7. ^ Hetherington, Tony (July 1985). "Reviews". Computer Gamer. No. 4. pp. 54–55.
  8. ^ Retro Gamer Staff (28 November 2008). "The Rocky Horror Show". Retro Gamer. Future plc. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ Derboo, Sam (11 June 2012). "Your Weekly Kusoge: The Rocky Horror Show". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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