Sending letters and birthday cards is about to get a whole lot more exciting in the UK, as Royal Mail announces a new set of classic gaming stamps.
There are 12 different designs set to be available in total; Royal Mail says that the stamps are "celebrating the joy of gaming with pioneering and influential UK-designed games from the 1980s and '90s". Perhaps the most special of the lot is a pack of four that chart the evolution of Tomb Raider and its protagonist, Lara Croft, but we have a rundown of all the other games represented below, too.
If you like the look of these, you can pre-order a full set from the Royal Mail website for £14.25. They'll also be going on general sale at 7,000 Post Offices across the UK from 21 January.
Here's that rundown we promised:
Elite (1984) - was a pioneering space-trading game originally made for BBC Micro and Acorn Electron. Made by Cambridge based duo, David Braben and Ian Bell, the game is legendary and arguably changed the face of computer gaming. Using a tiny amount of memory, this was the first genuine 3D game where players navigated a spaceship through galaxies. It is regularly listed among the most important video games ever created.
Dizzy (1987) - was devised and created by the Oliver twins and published by Codemasters. It went on to become one of the most successful British game franchises of the era. Originally created for the Amstrad CPC, it quickly converted to ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and other computers and consoles. The game’s main character is an adventuring egg that runs and tumbles around a fantasy world solving puzzles by collecting interesting objects.
Populous (1989) – was the first civilisation building game and one of the most successful games for PC ever produced. A real-time strategy game, it has won numerous awards and has been voted among one of the most important games of all time. It was created by Bullfrog Productions.
Lemmings (1991) – was created by Dundee based DMA, and was one of the best received games of the 1990s. The objective is to save lemmings, and apply abilities to individuals to aid their escape.
Micro Machines (1991) – a ground-breaking race game developed by Codemasters, where players race miniature toy vehicles. Influential and immensely popular; the game is regarded as a classic.
Sensible Soccer (1992) – is considered by many to be the father of digital football games, and still retains a following. It was listed as one of the 10 most important video games of all time by a committee of US games experts.
WipeOut (1995) – was developed in Liverpool by Sony’s Psygnosis studio. WipeOut was a revolutionary futuristic racing game for the new PlayStation that became a cult hit. It featured original music by Orbital and The Chemical Brothers.
Worms (1995) – was published by Team 17 and featured cartoon-style warfare between worms. The series went on to become an international success story, helping Wakefield-based, Team 17, to become a leading international games publisher.
We imagine most people buying these will be doing so just to keep them at home, but we're secretly hoping to receive something in the post with one on just for the novelty. What a weird, but cool idea.
Ah yes. All the classic games, like Tomb Raider, Adventures of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider Chronicles, and Tomb Raider (2013).
Ok need that worms stamp tbh, got loads of fond memories of playing that game with my parents
Oh my god, that aladdin deck enhancer dude lol
The Sensi, Micro Machines, Worms and Lemmings stamps are great!
If this is supposed to celebrate “influential UK designed games”, why is Tomb Raider (2013) developed by the American Crystal Dynamics here?
It’s not like one of the best selling games of all time came from the UK cough cough GTA V was developed by Rockstar North.
The 2013 rebooted Tomb Raider isn't British, is it?
It's clever how the stamps themselves remind you of the 90s when people used stamps...
Apparently no games were made in the UK after the '90s... other than Tomb Raider 2013 which definitely wasn't a Canadian development team. I'm guessing they were told they couldn't use Lara without plugging the recent games.
Not too impressed with the Wipeout stamp either, it looks like it's from an emulator given how sharp the polygons are.
Sensible soccer would be a great switch port
OMG, Micro Machines, Populous, Sensible Soccer, Worms... games I've actually played - something relevant to me for once
But where-in-the-hell is Speedball 2?
I don't belive in any queen king only elected or hired should have any kind of influence in this world.Please as all "royalty" to forefit thier titles and supposed claim to birthright/association as royals.
Where are the Rareware stamps?
Possible that Rockstar wasn't interested.
Where’s Rare at? They were arguably the most influential British developer in the mid-late nineties, and probably Nintendo’s best 2nd party developer during that same period. They deserve at least ONE stamp!
Very strange selection of games here, did they pick them from a hat?
@First_Amendment You could troll better if you used correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Should’ve stayed with your old username, because the First Amendment includes Freedom of Speech, not Freidome if Spech
Where's GoldenEye? And Rare for that matter? And why are there four different Tomb Raider mentions?
No Rareware stamps I am disappoint
@HobbitGamer You tell them, trying to hurt your British pride. Unacceptable. Hit them where it hurts with your presumption of intelligence. Haha
@USWITCH64 No most are quite iconic in the Uk. I grew up in the 90s and loved most of these games
micro machines was f'ing great, pool table courses where amazing
Am not sure why there is quite so much Lara... but Dizzy, Elite, Lemmings and Sensi are wonderfully informed choices, I think.
@Ooyah To my shame I'd never even heard of Dizzy. But surely something like Manic Miner could better represent the spectrum? That, or a stamp with "R Tape Loading Error" written at the bottom.
Yeah! Manic Miner, or Jet Set Willy would have been great! Or Horace! 😆
The Mac and Linux versions of Tomb Raider 2013 were ported by UK-based Feral Interactive. But regardless, the Tomb Raider franchise was originally created in the UK, so it makes sense that they would want to embrace any and all installments of it regardless of where that specific game was developed.
The Tomb Raider stamps are separate to the classic British gaming ones. So that's why there's four Tomb Raider ones and one of them isn't British and whatever other questions were going on.
Search for the actual stamps, it's a lot clearer.
Man, the guy who took those screens sure knew what he was doing. Wonder who could have been...
Cool, I want the WipeOut ones.
@Mince I’m not British 😁
@HobbitGamer well theres my presumption lol.
They should have done an Odd Job stamp obviously
A nice reminder that some really great games have come out of those little isles. Lemmings and Worms...to say nothing of the great games Rare made back in the day!
@First_Amendment I agree, bunch of butt munching royalists have voted you down lol.
Bit random, though.
The only game that is available on Switch is Worms, but I'd buy Elite and Lemmings for the console as well.
@m8e3point1415 The fact that they’re a Japanese developer and not British probably also factored into their exclusion here...
If they wanted to include more recent British developed games, Forza Horizon on Xbox is made by a British developer.
Loved Worms. Dont think I would have been into it if my best friend wasnt from the UK.
I would love Elite 2 on Switch, the original was amazing for its size the entire game fit on 1 floppy disk on PC and 2 on Atari ST. Lost much of my youth to that game!
@KitsuneNight Rockstar wasnt into it or the Government decided it would be a good idea not to associate with Rockstar based on the violent nature of most of their games.
Either those things or that only the original 2 GTA games were made in Scotland. Not bad games but arent exactly classics on the level of GTA3 and onward.
Sensible Soccer is my favourite game of all time. I want that stamp! And I'd love a Switch version ... I'm sick of waiting for Sociable Soccer (and doubt it'll see the light of day on Switch)
Shame for never hearing of Dizzy. Absolutely fantastic adventure games that are well over due a reboot!
@Gravitron haven't Rockstar [North] always been based on Scotland? Previously named DMA, which made one of these stamp featured games
@jco83 I'm saying literally made in Scotland. The boys were in NYC when 3 was made if I recall correctly. All the same I'm pretty sure the main reason they weren't featured on the stamps is the violent nature of the games rather than where they were produced
Wish You could pick four of your choice, mine would be, Dizzy, Elite, Populous and (hmm stuck between Sensible Soccer and Micromachines)
That's pretty nice.
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