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Lightfarce / Zarjas

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A game written in an afternoon at Binary Design while we were supposed to be finishing off Zub. The title and big clunky graphics were a piss take of Lightforce, a Spectrum shoot-em-up recently released.

The game originally went out hidden as an 'easter egg' in the 128k version of Zub on the Spectrum, but was later retitled Zarjas, given a loading screen and scrolling message and given away on a cover mount tape with Sinclair User magazine.

The title Lightfarce was meant as a mickey-take of the Spectrum shoot-em-up getting all the hype at the time called Lightforce.

The second title, Zarjas, is a misspelling of the word 'zarjaz', spoken by The Mighty Tharg, Betelgeusian editor of 2000ad magazine and used in his native language to denote something fantastic.

Lightfarce / Zarjas screen shot 1 Lightfarce / Zarjas screen shot 2

Project details

Started:

Sun, 02 Nov 1986

Development studio:

Binary Design

Main client / publisher:

Mastertronic / Sinclair User

Status:

Finished

Proper Pickford Bros game?

No, either a work-for-hire project, or we aren't claiming much credit for this game.

Core studio team:

John Pickford

Game Designer, Programmer

Ste Pickford

Graphic Artist

Peter Gartside

Programmer

Jeremy Nelson

Loading Screen

Andrew Cavendish

Music

Zarjas ZX Spectrum EU cover

Platform:

ZX Spectrum

Territory:

Europe

Release date:

Fri, 01 Jan 1988

Title:

Zarjas

Publisher:

Sinclair User

Developer:

Binary Design

Sales:

90,000

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Peter Gartside

Programmer

Jeremy Nelson

Loading Screen

Andrew Cavendish

Music

Lightfarce ZX Spectrum EU cover

Platform:

ZX Spectrum

Territory:

Europe

Release date:

Wed, 01 Oct 1986

Title:

Lightfarce

Publisher:

Mastertronic

Developer:

Binary Design

Sales:

0

Ste Pickford

I love the way I was trying to make one of the baddie graphics look like it was made from polygons, years before I'd ever seen a 3D modelling package.

 

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