Electric Dreams Software

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

Electric Dreams Software
IndustryVideo games
Key people
Rod Cousens, Paul Cooper
ProductsSpindizzy (1986)
Aliens: The Computer Game (1986)
R-Type (1988)

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.[1]

The company's initial releases were Riddler's Den and I, Of the Mask.[6]

List of releasesEdit


  1. ^ a b c Francis Jago (January 1987). "Big Trouble In Little Hampshire". Your Computer. No. 78. Focus Magazines. p. 78.
  2. ^ Goodwin, Simon (September 1985). "Planning our Future". CRASH (20). Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  3. ^ "Electric Dreams". SpectrumComputing.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  4. ^ "Electric Dreams". CPC Zone. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  5. ^ "Electric Dreams". Atarimania. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  6. ^ "Frontlines". Your Spectrum (20). November 1985. Retrieved 2007-11-09.