Electric Dreams Software

Electric Dreams Software was a video game publisher established in 1985 by former managing director of Quicksilva Rod Cousens and former Software Manager of Quicksilva Paul Cooper.[1] The company published video games for the ZX Spectrum,[2] Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC[3] and the Atari 8-bit family of computers [4] between 1985 and 1989, becoming one of the top eight UK software houses of that decade.[5]

Electric Dreams Software
IndustryVideo games
Key people
Rod Cousens, Paul Cooper
ProductsSpindizzy (1986)
Aliens: The Computer Game (1986)

Software StudiosEdit

The publisher's in-house video game developer was Software Studios, set up in April 1986 and run by John Dean and Dave Cummings. Software Studios also handled Activision's products marketed in countries outside the United States. The concept behind this team was to pool resources and ideas between all Electric Dreams projects, but they were also directly responsible for two film tie-in licenses, Aliens: The Computer Game (1986) and Big Trouble in Little China.[5]

Other software titles were chosen for release by Paul Cooper, also formerly of Quicksilva.[1] The company's initial releases were Riddler's Den and I, Of the Mask.[6]


Electric Dreams Software's logo design is nearly identical to the logo for Disney's Captain EO.[7]

List of releasesEdit


  1. ^ a b Goodwin, Simon (September 1985). "Planning our Future". CRASH (20). Retrieved 2007-11-09. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ "Electric Dreams". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  3. ^ "Electric Dreams". CPC Zone. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  4. ^ "Electric Dreams". Atarimania. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  5. ^ a b "Profile - Electric Dreams". Your Computer (8701). January 1987. Now Cousens is handling the complete U.K. and European network for Activision as well and Electric Dreams has become one of the top eight U.K. software houses. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  6. ^ "Frontlines". Your Spectrum (20). November 1985. Retrieved 2007-11-09. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  7. ^ CRASH issue 60 (January 1989, page 59) highlights the comparison; a link to the archived page can be found on World of Spectrum's Electric Dreams listing.