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Best Sellers

The tables below show the top selling titles for our most popular formats for 8-bit computers. The source is the original database of sales that I compiled when in charge of Mastertronic's accounting systems. Sadly the sales figures from Mastertronic Inc, for North America, are not available and so the rankings and sales figures are those for Mastertronic UK sales only (which include exports to Europe and beyond)

The figures have been adjusted to reflect multipacks and bundling deals, as far as possible. Sales on disk are included, however the vast majority of 8-bit sales were on tape.

My data goes from the start of trading on 1st April 1984 to 30 April 1991; however the data for 1991 is patchy.

The following tables are on this page

  BEST SELLING TITLES - ALL FORMATS TOP 40
Rank
Sales ('000s)  
1
568
FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
2
450
GHOSTBUSTERS
3
349
BMX RACERS
4
334
DOUBLE DRAGON
5
331
FINDERS KEEPERS
6
310
VEGAS JACKPOT
7
304
SPEED KING
8
295
KIKSTART 2
9
291
KIKSTART
10
282
CHILLER
11
269
KANE
12
253
ACTION BIKER
13
220
180
14
216
ONE MAN & HIS DROID
15
210
MOLECULE MAN
16
209
NINJA
17
207
FEUD
18
198
STORM
19
188
SPECTIPEDE
20
184
WAY OF THE EXPLODING FIST
21
180
MILK RACE
22
167
MASTERCHESS
23
162
LA SWAT
24
152
SPELLBOUND
25
144
ROCKMAN
26
143
BIG MAC
27
133
LAST V8
28
130
VIDEO POKER
29
125
NONTERRAQUEOUS
30
124
CURSE OF SHERWOOD
31
123
SQUIRM
32
121
HEKTIK
33
121
SPACE WALK
34
112
SOUL OF A ROBOT
35
102
DUCK SHOOT
36
101
HYPERBOWL
37
99
BUMP SET SPIKE
38
99
SPEED KING 2
39
97
1985
40
96
COLONY

SPECTRUM TOP 20
1 GHOSTBUSTERS
2 FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
3 KIKSTART II
4 FINDERS KEEPERS
5 SPEED KING 2
6 BMX RACERS
7 ACTION BIKER
8 DOUBLE DRAGON
9 180
10 EMPIRE FIGHTS BACK
11 FEUD
12 WAY OF THE EXPLODING FIST
13 AGENT X
14 CHILLER
15 SPELLBOUND
16 INCREDIBLE SHRINKING FIREMAN
17 MILK RACE
18 MOLECULE MAN
19 VIDEO OLYMPICS
20 GNASHER

C64 TOP 20
1 GHOSTBUSTERS
2 KIKSTART
3 DOUBLE DRAGON
4 BMX RACERS
5 CHILLER
6 KIKSTART 2
7 SPEED KING
8 FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
9 ACTION BIKER
10 KANE
11 VEGAS JACKPOT
12 1985
13 BMX TRIALS
14 FINDERS KEEPERS
15 180
16 WING COMMANDER
17 LAST V8
18 HUNTER PATROL
19 LA SWAT
20 HUMAN RACE

AMSTRAD TOP 20
1 FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
2 GHOSTBUSTERS
3 SPEED KING
4 DOUBLE DRAGON
5 FINDERS KEEPERS
6 SOUL OF A ROBOT
7 KANE
8 CHILLER
9 NONTERRAQUEOUS
10 STORM
11 LOCOMOTION
12 CAVES OF DOOM
13 KIKSTART 2
14 THE APPRENTICE
15 FEUD
16 MOLECULE MAN
17 180
18 CURSE of SHERWOOD
19 5 A SIDE SOCCER
20 ONE MAN & HIS DROID

C16 TOP 20
1 FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
2 BMX RACERS
3 VEGAS JACKPOT
4 KIKSTART
5 TUTTI FRUTTI
6 SPEED KING
7 BIG MAC
8 ROCKMAN
9 SQUIRM
10 SPECTIPEDE
11 MR PUNIVERSE
12 STREET OLYMPICS
13 FINGERS MALONE
14 VIDEO MEANIES
15 RETURN OF ROCKMAN
16 GUNLAW
17 POWERBALL
18 HEKTIK
19 BANDITS AT ZERO
20 KANE

ATARI TOP 20
1 ACTION BIKER
2 KIKSTART
3 NINJA
4 LA SWAT
5 ONE MAN & HIS DROID
6 GHOSTBUSTERS
7 CRYSTAL RAIDER
8 GUNLAW
9 LAST V8
10 VEGAS JACKPOT
11 DESPATCH RIDER
12 MILK RACE
13 HENRY'S HOUSE
14 SPELLBOUND
15 FEUD
16 MOLECULE MAN
17 MASTERCHESS
18 PANTHER
19 COLONY
20 HOVER BOVER

VIC TOP 10
1 DUCK SHOOT
2 UNDERMINE
3 VEGAS JACKPOT
4 BULLET
5 PHANTOM ATTACK
6 3D MAZE
7 PYSCHO SHOPPER
8 SPACE SCRAMBLE
9 NEW YORK BLITZ
10 NEUTRON ZAPPER

BBC TOP 10
1 GALACTIC PATROL
2 KANE
3 VEGAS JACKPOT
4 STARMAZE 2
5 SPECTIPEDE
6 EDDIE KIDD
7 GEOFF CAPES
8 CHALLENGER
9 THUNDERBALL
10 BRIAN JACKS

MSX TOP 10
1 FORMULA 1 SIMULATOR
2 CHILLER
3 SPEED KING
4 SPACE WALK
5 FINDERS KEEPERS
6 MOLECULE MAN
7 KNIGHT TYME
8 STORM
9 OCTAGON SQUAD
10 FEUD

 

 

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
Total releases 55 78 120 252 133 98 44

16 Bit releases each year by computer format

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