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Ghost Town

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Ghost Town was a text adventure, with some line drawn graphics, set in a wild west town during the gold rush.

It was written entirely in BASIC by John while he was still at high school, and sold to the newly formed Virgin Games (for a princely £500) to be part of their first batch of releases.

One of Virgin's big ideas at the time was to treat video game programmers like 'rock stars', promoting them with a photograph and profile on the cassette inlay. It didn't catch on!

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Project details


Sun, 01 Jan 1984

Development studio:


Main client / publisher:

Virgin Games



Proper Pickford Bros game?

Yes, this is definitely one of our games!

Core studio team:

John Pickford

Game Designer, Programmer, Graphic Artist

Ste Pickford

Twiddling thumbs

Ghost Town ZX Spectrum UK cover


ZX Spectrum


United Kingdom

Release date:

Sun, 01 Jan 1984


Ghost Town


Virgin Games





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Ste Pickford

Looking back its hard to believe that John didn't let me get involved in the making of this game. He had an artist brother but still insisted on doing all the graphics himself! Although I suppose I was just an annoying 13 year old younger brother at the time rather than a video game artist.

I think he thought that it would be cheating if anybody else helped him make the game; he even did the music (such as it was) himself.

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