Book Review: Bob Pape - It's Behind You

While on holiday over the Christmas break I had the pleasure of reading It's Behind You: the making of a computer game by Bob Pape.

Bob Pape is probably best known for his ports of the arcade games Rampage and R-Type to the ZX Spectrum. Many have described Pape's ZX Spectrum version as the best home computer port of R-Type to any platform, and I'd tend to agree; the arcade game was notable for it's large and well drawn graphics and the Spectrum version lives up to the original despite the Spectrum's colour limitations.

In It's Behind You Pape writes about his experience and the events that surrounded the production of these two games. While I found many of the technical details interesting it is the politics and dodgy business practices that I found the most enthralling aspect of this book. This was an engaging and enlightening read that I highly recommend to anyone interested in the ZX Spectrum or the 80s video game industry.

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