Focus on Batty

by Peter Ward

loadingPublished by

Dennis Publishing

Developed by

Elite Systems Ltd.




Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 (1988)





Original Concept game was named Wipe Out by Mark Betteridge with 20 Levels and Batty 15 Levels.

Batty is a breakout clone published by Elite in 1987 & released for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC & 1988 for the Commodore 64. The game raised the bar for free cover-mounted cassettes and come free with the October 1987 issue of Your Sinclair & later on 6-Pak Vol. 2 compilation.The game was so well received that it  become a cult classic and in my opinion was even better than Arkonoid II.batty1



The object of the game is to knock blocks out of the court by bouncing a ball off your racket and hitting them. You advance to the

next level by knocking out every block in the court.Batty3




Doing the above is not as easy as it sounds, as some blocks require more than one hit and others speed up your ball. To make things even more interesting, strange creatures enter from the top of the court and float around, causing the ball to rebound randomly when they touch it. These creatures also throw bombs at your racket which, if they hit, will destroy it. Fortunately the creatures will be destroyed when they come into contact with the ball.


Some blocks release helpful features when they are knocked out. These

must be caught by the racket to be used. Some will only last for a

short time.

  1. Extended racket2016-03-15_1208_001



  1. Slow ball2016-03-15_1207



  1. Smart bomb – destroys all creature2016-03-15_1206_001



  1. Hand – lets you hold on to the ball2016-03-15_1207_003



  1. Gun – allows you to shoot the creatures and blocks2016-03-15_1208



  1. Extra life2016-03-15_1206_002



  1. Triple ball2016-03-15_1207_002



  1. Rocket pack – transports you to the next level2016-03-15_1208_002


  1. Bonus points2016-03-15_1206



  1. Smash ball – destroys everything in its path2016-03-15_1207_001





Batty Left and Early Concept Wipe Out on the Right

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