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 also do a weekly webcomic, featuring Plok, the star of our 1994 SNES game.
Our website is used to 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
DRM cassette inlay
Blog posted by Ste Pickford
Mon, 14 Mar 2016
Last year I did the cover artwork for a videogame for the first time. Rob Fearon kindly asked me to do a cover painting for his lovely little arcadey shooter Death Ray Manta. I enjoyed doing the work, and I thought it came out pretty well. It was nice t...
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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
NintendoLife Wii pitch interview
Press cutting added by Ste Pickford
Thu, 10 Jul 2014
NintendoLife got in touch a week ago to ask us about the pitch we did for a Wii version of Naked War (subtitled No Surrender) which we submitted to Nintendo a few years ago, to no avail.
The interview resulted in quite a nice piece on their website, whi...
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