Commodore 64/128 Elite Information

Elite was released for the Commodore 64 by Firebird in 1985. Thanks to the increased graphics palette of the C64, this version sported a large number of on-screen colours. In addition, there were a number of missions within the game as well as a large variety of ships and other objects.

In some territories a re-packaged version of C64 Elite was released, labelled Commodore 64/128K Elite. This had the benefit of being issued on floppy disk, with the expected improvement in loading times, but it is not clear whether the extra memory of the Commodore 128 machine was utilised in any way.

An unofficial version of the game, enhanced to utilise the extra capabilities of the Commodore 128 was released by Ullrich von Bassewitz in 1998. Although it looks the same as the C64 version, it has added features such as an autopilot (as an alternative to the docking computer), the ability to sell ship equipment, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system and special cargo contracts

Click on the image to the right to view the complete Commodore 64 Elite package

Click on the image to the left to view the complete Commodore 64/128 Elite package

Playing C64/C128 Elite on your PC


1. Download a Commodore 64 Emulator, such as CCS64
2. Download the game from Ian Bell's Elite Page

Commodore 64 Elite - Adverts

This is an original poster promoting Elite for the Commodore 64 & Commodore 128 upon its release in the USA in 1985
The rights to release all non-Acorn versions of Elite were owned by Telecomsoft - an offshoot of the British telecommunications company now known as BT. It published a vast number of games in the 1980s under the Firebird brand, as seen here

In the UK, Firebird undertook a big advertising campaign in computer magazines as each version of Elite was released. This included the Commodore 64 version which was released in 1985. This is a copy of one of the adverts, in this case appearing in Commodore User magazine