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Costa Panayi (born 11 October 1957, Stretford, Lancashire, England) was a computer game programmer during the 1980s. He founded Vortex Software with Paul Canter, publishing games for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC.
He is of Greek Cypriot descent, and studied engineering at the University of Salford. After graduation, he started to work as mechanical engineer for British Aerospace, when he got into programming games business from his hobby interests.
In 1982, he studied Sinclair BASIC and subsequently formed his company Vortex Software along with Luke Andrews and Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. They wrote a variety of games, including Gunlaw, the Android series, and Tornado Low Level for the ZX Spectrum.
List of games
- ZX81 Othello (1981)
- Word Mastermind (1981)
- Pontoon (1981)
- Crash (1981)
- Cosmos (1982), Abbex Electronics
- Astral Convoy (1982), Vortex Software
- Gunlaw (1983), Vortex Software
- Android 1: The Reactor Run (1983), Vortex Software
- Android 2 (1983), Vortex Software
- Tornado Low Level (1984), Vortex Software
- Cyclone (1985), Vortex Software
- Highway Encounter (1985), Vortex Software
- Revolution (1986), U.S. Gold
- Deflektor (1987), Gremlin Graphics
- Hostile All Terrain Encounter (1989), Gremlin Graphics
- "The YS Top 100 Speccy Games Of All Time (Ever!)". Your Sinclair (70): 31. October 1991. Archived from the original on 16 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-04.
- The History of VORTEX Software by Mark Haigh-Hutchinson
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