Welcome The Pickford Bros' Website
Find out more than you ever wanted to know about John Pickford and Ste Pickford!
Hello! We're John Pickford and Ste Pickford - The Pickford Brothers - veteran video game designers and developers based in the UK.
We've worked together for over 30 years, designing and making home computer, console and mobile games.
As well as designing original games for ourselves and comsulting for others, we're also a micro development team with John being responsible for coding and Ste specialising in graphics.
We also do a regular webcomic, featuring Plok, the star of our 1994 SNES game.
Our website is used to make any big announcements, and to document and preserve our past work where possible.
If you want to keep up with what we're up to on a day-to-day basis join our Discord server to see our devlog and other updates.
None of our games are currently on sale, but we have five volumes of our Plok comic available now in paperback, and you can support our Plok comic Patreon.
» Pickford Bros Career Timeline
John's latest Blog post
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint goes ...
Blog posted by JPickford
Wed, 04 Sep 2013
As of today, our iOS game Magnetic Billiards is now free for the main game (20+ levels). We've also dropped the price of in-app purchases to the lowest tier (69p / $1) for level packs and the Skeleton Key which gives you all the content plus access to pr...
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John's latest Archive entry
Archive entry by JPickford
Fri, 17 Apr 2009
This sheet was stapled the Cosmic Pirate sketches I posted a few days ago. I think they were part of the materials we took to our first meeting with Rare.
Urchin was a design for a Ghost & Goblins style platformer. The idea was that everything i...
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John's latest Press cutting
Famous at last (in South Manchester...
Press cutting added by JPickford
Mon, 04 May 2009
We get a little mention in this article in the South Manchester Reporter which is a free paper.
It's interesting that we're mentioned alongside Ocean as I *think* our game Wetrix was the very last Ocean title produced. Ocean were bought by Infogrames ar...
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Ste's latest Blog post
Grid Pix - Finished!
Blog posted by Ste Pickford
Mon, 18 Feb 2019
In this version I’ve added the shading, which makes a big difference. On every side of every block I added a darken or lighten gradient, fading away from the most forward corner of that block. I also faded down the saturation of each block towards its b...
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Ste's latest Archive entry
Plok SNES flyer - front
Archive entry by Ste Pickford
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Here's an interesting little curio, Tradewest's pre-release flyer for SNES Plok, featuring the otherwise unseen original cover artwork. Click on it to see it full size.
We developed the game at Software Creations as a self-funded original title, without...
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Ste's latest Press cutting
NintendoLife Wii pitch interview
Press cutting added by Ste Pickford
Thu, 10 Jul 2014
NintendoLife got in touch a week ago to ask us about the pitch we did for a Wii version of Naked War (subtitled No Surrender) which we submitted to Nintendo a few years ago, to no avail.
The interview resulted in quite a nice piece on their website, whi...
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