BBC Bridge Companion (1985 – mid 1980s)

The BBC Bridge Companion, as the name implies, was designed to teach and play the card game bridge and this was its only function.

It was an 8-bit system, launched by BBC Enterprises to the UK market in 1985. This was the first and only BBC branded game console, but BBC Enterprises has previously released home computers such as the BBC Micro.

There were no separate controllers, and all the required buttons were on the unit itself. It could display just eight different colours, and had very basic sound capabilities. There were nine ROM cartridges available for the system, each teaching an aspect of the bridge game.

It doesn’t seem to have been particularly successful, and no further versions or cartridges were released.

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