Flair Software

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Flair Software Ltd.
Industry Video game industry
Interactive entertainment
Successors Microvalue
Founded 1990s
Headquarters Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Products Elvira: The Arcade Game
Oscar
Dangerous Streets
Realm
Website http://www.microvalue.net/

Flair Software was a British video game developer and publisher of the 90s that developed and published games for the Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and SNES. The developer is mainly associated with popular and colorful Amiga games as Elvira: The Arcade Game, Trolls, Oscar and Whizz. In 1993 platformer Oscar was bundled with Millennium's Diggers as launch bundle for the Amiga CD32 and it was considered as one of the mascot games for the failed system.[1] Flair Software's 1994 fighting game Dangerous Streets (that was a pack-in game for the CD32 later in its lifespan) is generally considered as one of the worst games of all time.[2]

At some point Flair Software changed its name into Microvalue[3] and became focused on publishing instead of developing games. The company seems to be defunct, since it hasn't published any games since the end of the 90s and the current website has been 'under construction' for some years now.[4] The games Trolls and Oscar were remade and re-released in 2010 as Nintendo DSiware by Virtual Playground (that is part of the Microvalue group of companies[5]) under the new titles Oscar in Toyland (since the Trolls license couldn't be used anymore[6]) and Oscar in Movieland. In 2011 Virtual Playground also released two new original Oscar games (Oscar in Toyland 2 and Oscar's World Tour) for DSiware.

Games[edit]

  • Turn n' Burn (1990, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS)
  • Elvira: The Arcade Game (1991, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS)
  • Euro Soccer (1992, Amiga, DOS)
  • Trolls (1992, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Commodore 64, DOS)
  • Oscar (1993, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, SNES)
  • Dangerous Streets (1994, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS)
  • Summer Olympix (1994, Amiga CD32)
  • Whizz (1994, Amiga, DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, SNES)
  • Soccer Superstars (1995, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS)
  • Realm (1996, SNES)
  • Time Paradox (1996, DOS)
  • Jungle Legend (1999, Windows)

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