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The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. Most of the activity in the present-day RISC OS games market is due to a small number of enthusiasts.

Commercial game releases are extremely rare, but the freeware games scene is much more active. The availability of the Iyonix and the A9 makes porting of some of the more recent games from other platforms a viable proposition. Even in this case, games which are very processor- or graphics-intensive and less than 3-5 years old are unlikely to be suitable candidates for conversion. Thus recent real-time games would be unsuitable for conversion, while turn-based and puzzle games would fare significantly better.

There are a variety of emulators available, such as DosBox and PicoDrive, and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.

Active Game Developers and Publishers

Past developers and publishers include Visions of the Impossible, FLAYMZ, Artex Software and GEK Studio but the following game developers and publishers are still active:

  • 7th Software
  • Acorn Arcade
  • Alligata Media / ProAction
  • APDL / 4th Dimension
  • Blasts of the Xtreme / AcornGamez
  • Brain Games
  • Chris Bazley
  • Cloudsprinter Software
  • CJE Micro's
  • David Llywelyn Jones (A.K.A. Flying Pig)
  • Marc Zinnschlag
  • New Breed Software
  • Ian Hamilton
  • iSV Products
  • Jason Tribbeck (A.K.A. Tribbles)
  • Jeffrey Lee (A.K.A. Phlamethrower)
  • R-Comp / R-Comp Interactive
  • Unix Porting Project

Acorn Arcade has collated a number of former commercial games that have now been made available as freeware. This includes several Tom Cooper (A.K.A. Berty) titles.

Chris Bazley is keeping Star Fighter 3000 updated.

Jason Tribbeck is writing a couple of new games, currently in alpha or early beta stages of development; ACED and Equinox.

R-Comp has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including Quake, Doom and Descent), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, Destiny.

The Unix Porting Project has covered a selection of freeware games, including puzzle games, a selection of simple arcade games, and some larger games such as FreeCiv, LinCity and Battle for Wesnoth.

APDL now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are Cataclysm, Nevryon, E-Type and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!

List of commercial releases over 2005:

  • Adventure Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Flight Simulator Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Maze Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Platforms Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Puzzle Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Racing Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Shooting Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Sports Games Collection - 4th Dimension
  • Wari - Brain Games

Some of the best commercial games released for RISC OS are listed below:

Some of the best freeware and shareware games released for RISC OS are listed below:

  • (MarsQuake) - - One of the best Bomberman clones for RISC OS
  • (PicoDrive) - - A SEGA Megadrive emulator for RISC OS
  • (SuperDoku) - £5 - One of the best Sudoku programs for RISC OS
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