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A&F Software's Chuckie Egg is a home computer video game released in 1983,
initially for the ZX Spectrum, the BBCMicro and the Dragon. Its subsequent
popularity saw it released over the following years on a wide variety of computers,
including the Commodore 64, Acorn Electron, MSX, Tatung Einstein, Amstrad CPC
and Atari 8-bit family. It was later updated and released for the Commodore
Amiga, Atari ST, and IBM PC compatibles.
The original idea is generally attributed to the then 16 or 17 year old Nigel
Alderton. After a month or two of development, Nigel took a pre-release version
of his Spectrum code to the two year old software company A&F, co-founded
by Doug Anderson (the A in A&F). Doug took on the simultaneous development
of the BBC Micro version, whilst Mike Webb, an A&F employee, completed the
Dragon port. Chuckie Egg went on to sell over a million copies and remained
a steady earner for A&F, who eventually went under in the latter half of
The versions fall broadly into two groups — those with realistic physics
(e.g. the BBCMicro and Amstrad CPC versions) and those without (e.g. the ZX
Spectrum version). Although there is a substantial difference in play between
the two, levels remain largely the same and all the 8-bit versions have been
accepted as classics.
This game is often credited alongside Manic Miner and Lode Runner with helping
develop and popularise the platform game, and has gone on to be a cult classic
with a number of unofficial retro remakes appearing online.
Much of the game's cult status was helped by the fact that schools used BBC
Micro computers, and many schools had a copy of the game, introducing it to
a wide audience of youngsters.