Mervyn J Estcourt didn’t program many games, but the ones he did are as iconic as the man himself is elusive. In Deathchase you play an unnamed biker, speeding through an increasingly dense forest. Your objective is simple: destroy the two bikes trying to escape you, and take out the occasional tank as well should you feel like it!

The gameplay alternates between day and night patrols and that’s it really. Deathchase had the good fortune to be released in around the time that the movie Return of the Jedi was doing the rounds in the UK cinemas. The games echoed the speeder biker section of the 3rd Star Wars film so accurately that it was impossible not to play it back then without imagining you were Luke Skywalker, desperately hunting down imperial bike troopers. A gaming marvel in 16k.

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