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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 comes up with new game concepts, works on game designs, and codes both prototypes and finished games.

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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...

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...

John's latest Press cutting

Famous at last (in South Manchester...

Press cutting added by JPickford

Mon, 04 May 2009

Famous at last (in South Manchester)

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 works on game designs, provides the graphics and concept art, and manages the business and the website.

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Ste's latest Blog post

Monkey Moon Chart

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sat, 29 Mar 2014

Monkey Moon Chart

We've been working on making 'I Sent My Monkey To The Moon' (currently playable as a prototype within Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint on iOS) into a finished, releasable game, hopefully coming out on iOS in a month or two. This week, for the level select ...

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) Solar...

Ste's latest Press cutting

Plok German print ad - SNES

Press cutting added by Ste Pickford

Tue, 12 Nov 2013

Plok German print ad - SNES

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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