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Industry Computer software
Founded1981 (1981)
FounderMike Meek, Andrew Lawrie
Defunct1987 (1987)
FateAcquired by Creative Sparks Distribution

Mikro-Gen was a UK software company based in Bracknell, Berkshire that produced games for home computers in the early to mid-1980s.


The company was formed by Mike Meek and Andrew Laurie in 1981, in order to capitalise on the growing boom of microcomputers in the home. [1] The company had a solid reputation but became more prominent with its series of games featuring Wally Week and his family, all of which got excellent reviews in the highly respected computer magazine Crash. Later, the company produced the Mikro-Plus add-on for the ZX Spectrum.

The company was bought out by Creative Sparks Distribution in 1987, which subsequently went into receivership six months later. [2]


Wally Week series


The Mikro-Plus was an add-on for the ZX Spectrum computer. While this computer was limited to 48KB of usable RAM, the Mikro-Plus let it load 64KB programs by storing 16KB as a shadow ROM in the add-on itself, and loading the remaining 48KB from cassette tape as usual. Mikro-Gen invested £130,000 in producing it. [7] Bundled with the game Shadow of the Unicorn, [8] it reached no. 5 in the ZX Spectrum charts and no.9 in the All Formats charts in October 1985. [9] It sold 11,000 copies, almost 30,000 short of the number needed to break even [5] and no further Mikro-Plus games were produced.

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