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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 25 years, making home computer, console and mobile games.

As well as designing original games for ourselves and others, we're also a micro development team with John being responsible for coding and Ste specialising in graphics.

We also do a weekly webcomic, featuring Plok, the star of our 1994 SNES game.

Our website is used to keep you up to date with what we're working on, and to document and preserve our past work where possible.

Oh, and since you're here, please try our latest game Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint for iOS devices. It's dead good!

» Pickford Bros Career Timeline

John's happy portrait

John comes up with new game concepts, works on game designs, and codes both prototypes and finished games.

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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...

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...

John's latest Press cutting

Famous at last (in South Manchester...

Press cutting added by JPickford

Mon, 04 May 2009

Famous at last (in South Manchester)

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...


Ste's happy portrait

Ste works on game designs, provides the graphics and concept art, and manages the business and the website.

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» Sketchbooks on Flickr

Ste's latest Blog post

On using retro game artwork in comm...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 28 Sep 2018

On using retro game artwork in commercial projects

I got into a bit of a Twitter spat yesterday after I saw that someone had used one of my old loading screens (modified, with my signature removed and their name in massive letters) as the cover for a book they were planning to publish. I was pretty anno...

Ste's latest Archive entry

Zippo games video

Archive entry by Ste Pickford

Wed, 24 Apr 2013

I've no idea why, but somebody has made a video showing five of the games developed by our very old studio Zippo Games, from the late 1980s. The video shows: IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES, 1988) Voodoo Nightmare (Amiga / ST, 1990) Solar...

Ste's latest Press cutting

NintendoLife Wii pitch interview

Press cutting added by Ste Pickford

Thu, 10 Jul 2014

NintendoLife Wii pitch interview

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...


We are The Pickford Bros, veteran independent video game designers based in the UK.

Plok Vol 2 now available on Kindle, iBooks and in print

Buy Pickford Bros prints on BigCartel

Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint now available on the App Store

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Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint

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