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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 35 years, designing and making home computer, console and mobile games and we both currently work full time at Double Eleven, a UK based game developer and publisher.

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

Our website is used to document and preserve our past work where possible.

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.

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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 sad portrait

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

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Ste's latest Blog post

Acorn - A World In Pixels cover art

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 08 Jan 2021

Acorn - A World In Pixels cover art

In early 2020 I was asked to design a cover for a new book, Acorn - A World In Pixels, by the publisher IDesine. The book would be a kind of encyclopaedia and celebration of all the games released on Acorn's BBC Micro and Electron home computers. I kne...

Ste's latest Archive entry

Plok SNES flyer - front

Archive entry by Ste Pickford

Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Plok SNES flyer - front

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...

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...