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Mirrorsoft Ltd.

legal form unlisted corporation
founding 1982
resolution 1992
Reason for dissolution Acquisition by Acclaim Entertainment
Seat Bristol, UK
management Jim Mackonochie
Robert Maxwell
Branch Software, computer games

Mirrorsoft was a British publisher of computer games. The company was founded in 1982 by Jim Mackonochie and Robert Maxwell . It belonged to the Mirror Group (today: Trinity Mirror plc. ).


The original business field was the sale of educational software. In June 1983 it was decided to expand the business to the distribution of computer games for home computers.
Mirrorsoft owned several smaller development studios and publishing labels, such as B. Image Works, Spectrum Holobyte , Cinemaware and PSS. Several of the games were sold under the Image Works sub-label .
In 1988 the game Tetris appeared , for which Mirrorsoft held the distribution rights for home computers and PCs in Europe. A complicated legal dispute ensued around the exploitation rights for Tetris , in which due to Maxwell's good contacts with Mikhail Gorbachev, politicians were even threatened. In 1989, the company was named Software House of the Year for 16bit at the Golden Joystick Awards . In 1991 the company's founder Maxwell died, in January of the following year Mirrorsoft was bought by Acclaim Entertainment , the brand then disappeared from the market.

Products (extract)

title genre year Platforms developer Remarks
Action reflex Jump 'n' run 1986 ZX Spectrum Medusa
Ancient quests Edutainment 1985 ZX Spectrum Mirrorsoft Math educational games
Andy Capp Action adventure 1988 C64, CPC, ZX Spectrum Blitter animation Comic implementation.
Antheads: It Came From The Desert II Action adventure 1990 Amiga Cinemaware
Ashkeron! Adventure 1985 CPC, ZX Spectrum Texgate Computers
Austerlitz strategy 1989 Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS Turcan Research Systems
Battlemaster strategy 1990 Amiga, Atari ST, Genesis PSS
BBC mastermind quiz 1984 BBC Micro, C64, ZX Spectrum Ivan Berg Software Game to the quiz show
Bermuda Project Adventure 1987 Amiga, Atari ST Graphicfinal
Biggles Action 1986 Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Dalali software
Bismarck strategy 1987 Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, ZX Spectrum PSS
Caesar the Cat Action 1983 Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Novotrade software
Caesar's Travels Edutainment 1984 Commodore 64 Chalksoft Follower of Caesar the Cat
Conflict: Europe strategy 1989 Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS PSS
Defender of the Crown strategy 1986 Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, C64, MS-DOS Cinemaware Port for smartphones
Double-double bill Sports 1991 Amiga Cinemaware
Dynamite Dan Action adventure 1985 Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum Mirrorsoft
Dynamite Dan 2 Action adventure 1986 Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum Mirrorsoft
Flight of the Intruder Flight simulator 1990 Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, NES Rowan software
Intrigue! Adventure 1986 Apple II, Commodore 64 Kinemation
It came from the desert Action adventure 1989 Amiga, MS-DOS Cinemaware
Speedball 2 Sports 1990 Acorn, Amiga, Atari ST, C64, MS-DOS Bitmap Brothers
Tetris puzzle 1987 lots Spectrum holobyte

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Interview with Jim Mackonochie
  2. ^ Announcement of the purchase by Acclaim
  3. ^ The Rise and Fall of Tetris
  4. CVG Magazine Issue 92, pp. 62f., Available online