Welcome The Pickford Bros' Website
Find out more than you ever wanted to know about John Pickford and Ste Pickford!
Hello! We're John Pickford and Ste Pickford - The Pickford Brothers - veteran video game designers and developers based in the UK.
We've worked together for over 25 years, making home computer, console and mobile games.
As well as designing original games for ourselves and others, we're also a micro development team with John being responsible for coding and Ste specialising in graphics.
We used to work on high profile console games for people like Rare, Nintendo and Sony, but we switched to 'indie' game development, self-publishing and consultancy in 2004.
Our website is used showcase some of our new game ideas, keep you up to date with what we're working on, and to document and preserve our past work where possible.
Oh, and since you're here, please try our latest game Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint for iOS devices. It's dead good!
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John's latest Blog post
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint goes ...
Blog posted by JPickford
Wed, 04 Sep 2013
As of today, our iOS game Magnetic Billiards is now free for the main game (20+ levels). We've also dropped the price of in-app purchases to the lowest tier (69p / $1) for level packs and the Skeleton Key which gives you all the content plus access to pr...
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John's latest Archive entry
Archive entry by JPickford
Fri, 17 Apr 2009
This sheet was stapled the Cosmic Pirate sketches I posted a few days ago. I think they were part of the materials we took to our first meeting with Rare.
Urchin was a design for a Ghost & Goblins style platformer. The idea was that everything i...
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John's latest Press cutting
Famous at last (in South Manchester...
Press cutting added by JPickford
Mon, 04 May 2009
We get a little mention in this article in the South Manchester Reporter which is a free paper.
It's interesting that we're mentioned alongside Ocean as I *think* our game Wetrix was the very last Ocean title produced. Ocean were bought by Infogrames ar...
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Ste's latest Blog post
Plok comic strip is back! (well, ne...
Blog posted by Ste Pickford
Fri, 28 Feb 2014
We had a little break from doing the comic strip over Christmas, and somehow never quite got back into the swing of writing or drawing it in the new year.
John and I started work on two new projects, and I think they took up all our mental energy. Plus...
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Ste's latest Archive entry
Zippo games video
Archive entry by Ste Pickford
Wed, 24 Apr 2013
I've no idea why, but somebody has made a video showing five of the games developed by our very old studio Zippo Games, from the late 1980s.
The video shows:
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES, 1988)
Voodoo Nightmare (Amiga / ST, 1990)
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Ste's latest Press cutting
Plok German print ad - SNES
Press cutting added by Ste Pickford
Tue, 12 Nov 2013
After posting the terrible UK print ad for Plok on the SNES, then the strange US one that was at least half about other games, a very kind blog reader gave us a scan of the German print ad for the Nintendo release of the game, from around 1994 I think.
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