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It was almost compulsory for British computers to suffer delays before launch, but none had quite as many problems as the Enterprise.

Previewed in a dark corner of an early PCW show at a time when 8-bits still ruled the roost, the Enterprise’s attractive design and 256 colour graphics impressed all who saw it. Many years later, when the industry was salivating over the new 16-bit computers, the Enterprise was finally released, but not before it had gone through multiple name changes, from Samurai, then Oscar, then Elan Enterprise to Elan to Flan(!), until they finally settled on Enterprise.

Little original software was written for the Enterprise which meant that few consumers were willing to splash out on the machine. Enterprise Computers limped along until June 1986, when, finally, the company was liquidated.

That wasn’t quite the end of the story, however, with old Enterprise stock being sold behind the Iron Curtain. In 1987, Hungarian retail chain Centrum opened a number of stores specialising in the Enterprise, and a reported 20,000 machines were sold.

The Games

There were a few original titles for the Enterprise, most of which would have been clones of classics from the arcade or more successful computers. If you’re aware of any stand-out original Enterprise titles, let me know.

Nick Turner tells arrgh that he remembers ports of Access/US Gold’s Raid Over Moscow and Level 9’s Return to Eden for the Enterprise. And the machine still didn’t sell? Blimey

Major events

1982
October: Intelligent Software start developing the Enterprise, then code-named ‘DPC’

1983
September: ‘Elan 64′ Announced

1984
April: Planned release date

1985
January: Enterprise 64 finally limps out

Emulators

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Features

Enterprise Sixty Four

8-bit Z80A CPU
64K RAM
256 colours
Built-in joystick thing

Enterprise One Two Eight

As for the Sixty Four, except with 128K RAM