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This was Zippo Games' first project, an Amiga game which was planned as both a coin-op for the Arcadia System, and as a home computer release on the Melbourne House label.

The game was a racing / battle game set on a road system on the outer surface of a rotating cylinder - well, a torus actually, I suppose - encircle a planet (like Halo!).

The game was only half developed before work stopped.

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Roadhugg screen shot 1

Project details


Tue, 01 Mar 1988

Development studio:

Zippo Games

Main client / publisher:




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

Steve Hughes


Ste Pickford

Graphic Artist

Roadhugg Amiga EU cover





Release date:







Zippo Games



Ste Pickford

This game was based on some clever Amiga only raster technique to create a horizontal cylider on the screen out of a flat screen layer, which scrolled and rotated on top of a regular screen layer. The back layer showed the background of the planet, and the cylider layer was the road surface which you drove upon.

Becuase of this fancy technique there are no screenshots of Roadhugg! I don't think it looked that good, to be honest.

I'm not exactly sure why we stopped working on this game. It could have been canned by the publisher, but I have a vague recollection that they were just being crap about paying us. We'd hooked up with Rare about this time (responding to their request in a UK computer games magazine to find developers to work on the NES with them), and had the offer of doing Ironsword, so there's a chance we might have dropped Roadhugg ourselves in favour of working with Rare, who were more reliable payers, and who were probably offering us more.


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