Adam Billyard, Chop Suey/ElektraGlide
Adam Billyard’s first three games for the Atari 8-bit computers were “Bellum”, “Henri”, and “Chop Suey,”. Bellum was published through the Atari Program Exchange, although Adam never received any royalty from Atari for it. “Chop Suey” was one of the first modern-style fighting games for the Atari 800. He followed this up with a pair of three-dimensional games: “ElektraGlide,” a racing game for the Atari 8-bit; and “Q-Ball” for the Atari ST.
If you’re not familiar with any of these games, it’s probably because you live in the U.S. Three of his five games were originally released by the U.K.-based English Software and received more publicity in Europe than the versions distributed by Mindscape in the States.
This interview took place May 15, 2015.
“Years later they said ‘did you not get the check for $30?’ which I thought was just completely bizarre.”