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  Best sellers and Releases

I ran Mastertronic's sales and royalty accounting system from 1985 to 1990.
Here are some figures taken from my records.

There are three tables on this page

Mastertronic's all-time best sellers

The Top 30 - Sales on all formats - Titles released on a Mastertronic label 
(Mastertronic 199, MAD, Mastertronic Plus, Bulldog, Ricochet, Entertainment USA)
These are sales of the titles as standalone products. Sales when included in compilations are not included. I am working on these figures and hope to issue a revised table soon

 

Title
Unit Sales
notes
FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
568013

Perennially, somewhat inexplicably, popular racing game

GHOSTBUSTERS
412922
The budget re-release of Activision's hugely successful full price title
BMX RACERS
345423
Best of the early titles by the Darling brothers
FINDERS KEEPERS
330758
First in David Jones' Magic Knight sequence. 
VEGAS JACKPOT
306957
Funny how popular fruit machine simulations are. From Mr Chip Software
SPEED KING
304499
Re-release - one of my favourite racing games 
DOUBLE DRAGON
289510
No introduction needed for this budget re-release
KIKSTART
286256
Enduringly popular racing game by Mr Chip based on motorbikes with a head to head feature that permitted two players to race against each other
KIKSTART 2
283585
A rare example of a sequel doing as well as the original
CHILLER
280173
Controversial Darling brothers spin on M. Jackson. I paid real money for this and wished I hadn't.
KANE
262829
Another of my favourites, multitasking action with a Western flavour
ACTION BIKER
251515
Our first "3D" game, unhampered by the KP Skips tie-in
ONE MAN & HIS DROID
212722
Excellent action puzzler with one of Rob Hubbard's best tunes
MOLECULE MAN
210693
Popular room/puzzle Sabre Wulf style game
180
196155
Darts game, cleverly satirising the current popularity of the game on TV
NINJA
194897
Our first fighting title, cashing on the vogue for Eastern violence
STORM
193074
A well received Gauntlet clone
FEUD
191381
Clever, but rather frustrating, maze and magic arcade. Best of the many titles produced for us by Binary Design
WAY of the EXPLODING FIST
182407
Budget re-release of Melbourne House's smash hit
SPECTIPEDE
178115
Everybody had a clone of Centipede
MILK RACE
174110
In the 1980s Britain's Milk Marketing Board sponsored a cycle race. So we did a title based on it.
MASTERCHESS
167601
Undeservedly successful chess game
LA SWAT
161672
I liked this street scene shoot 'em up. From Utah based Sculptured Software.
SPELLBOUND
152378
David Jones' follow up to Finders Keepers - I found it hard to get into it. Excellent music by Rob Hubbard
ROCKMAN
143882
A big C16 hit. I never played it.
BIG MAC
139946
Clever arcade platformer by Mr Chip - an early example of a quality budget release
LAST V8
127331
First MAD games release at 2.99
VIDEO POKER
127174
Another pointless gambling simulation (but a great cover. I have the original)
SQUIRM
123006
Another Centipede clone (I assume, never having played it)
NONTERRAQUEOUS
121533
Stupid name, set in a huge maze but unplayable.

 

 

Total 8 bit releases each year by computer format

(Including re-releases of other publishers games on the Americana, Rackit, Rebound and Ricochet labels)

 
machine 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
AMSTRAD
8 20 49 25 21 15
ATARI
1 12 18 3 4 1
BBC 4
3 10 3 1

C16
8 17 15 4
1
C64 21 22 28 69 58 35 11
DRAGON 1 1




ELECTRON

3



MSX
3 6 21


S128

1 2


SPECTRUM/AMSTRAD Duo tape



18 10
SPECTRUM 17 26 30 68 42 27 16
VIC 12 5
1


Total releases 55 78 120 254 133 98 44

16 Bit releases each year by format

 
machine 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
AMIGA 3 14 11 11 4
ATARI ST 3 12 12 11 2
IBM 8 11 10 7 3
Total releases 14 37 33 29 9