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The Acorn Archimedes was a range of personal computers developed by Acorn Computers Ltd. They were first introduced in 1987 and were widely used in schools and universities in the United Kingdom. The Archimedes was notable for its advanced features and capabilities for its time, such as its 32-bit RISC processor and advanced operating system. The Archimedes was based on the Acorn RISC Machine (ARM) processor and featured a graphical user interface (GUI) called Arthur. It was one of the first computers to feature a GUI and a mouse as the primary means of interaction. The operating system, called RISC OS, was designed to be simple and easy to use, and was considered to be one of the most advanced operating systems available at the time. The Archimedes was available in a variety of models, including the A305, A310, A410, and A440. They had different specs and capabilities, with the A440 being the most powerful model. The A310 was the most popular model and was widely used in schools in the United Kingdom. The Archimedes was also known for its strong support for education, it had a large number of educational software packages, ranging from math and science to geography and history. It was also used as a platform for software development and as a result, a large number of software titles were developed for it. In summary, the Acorn Archimedes was a personal computer developed by Acorn Computers Ltd, it was based on the Acorn RISC Machine (ARM) processor and featured a graphical user interface (GUI) called Arthur, it was widely used in schools and universities in the United Kingdom, it was known for its advanced features, capabilities, and its support for education. The Acorn Archimedes was a personal computer developed by Acorn Computers Ltd in the 1980s and early 1990s. Some popular games for the Acorn Archimedes include: "Elite": a space trading and combat simulator developed by David Braben and Ian Bell "Lemmings": a puzzle game developed by DMA Design "Rick Dangerous": a platform game developed by Core Design "Tower of Babel": a puzzle game developed by Superior Software "Zarch/Virus": a first-person shooter game developed by David Braben and Andrew Braybrook These games were mostly developed by small teams and publishers, and were distributed in floppy disks and later CD-ROMs.