Software Creations (UK)

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Software Creations was a video game developer based in Manchester, England, first established in 1987 by Michael Webb and Richard Kay. They are primarily known for their video games based on movie and comic licenses like Marvel Comics, Cutthroat Island, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the original titles Plok, Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos, and its sequel Equinox.

History[edit]

According to Richard Kay, Software Creations began in 1986 when Steve Ruddy responded to an advertisement he had placed in the Manchester Evening News:

Steve and I hit it off right away. He worked from home, and he did a boxing game called The Big KO. We worked very closely with each other for about 12 months. I hired Mike Ager and Andrew Threlfall, and we were the first four at Software Creations. I got an office on Oxford Road and it was above a computer shop directly opposite the BBC. We did a lot of games for Firebird - they were all for about three or four hundred pounds.[1]

— Richard Kay, Retro Gamer

Most of these early games were ports of budget titles to other platforms such as the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Atari ST, NES and the Game Boy. The company's breakthrough game was the Commodore 64 version of the arcade hit Bubble Bobble, a conversion which won critical acclaim and commercial success, and led to Software Creations being asked to do many more ports of popular arcade games.[1] By this time the company had grown to include brothers Mike, Tim, and Geoff Follin, and artist Mark Wilson.[1]

An early demo of Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos by Mike Webb won Software Creations a contract with Nintendo, leading to some high profile NES and Super NES games.[1]

During the early 1990s, Software Creations was responsible for the development of sound tools used in the creation of music for the Nintendo 64 and its development systems.[2]

Software Creations titles in their later years were all published by now the defunct company Acclaim Entertainment. By May 2002, Acclaim had purchased most of their assets and established their own in-house development unit called Acclaim Studios Manchester. Software Creations CEO Paul Hibbard moved over to the new company as General Manager after the take-over, with all titles produced under the name Acclaim Entertainment. Just prior to Acclaim's collapse in 2004, the Manchester studio was dismantled and sold off to try and cover Acclaim's financial difficulties.

Notable games[edit]

Title Year Platforms
Aigina's Prophecy 1988 Commodore 64
Bionic Commando 1988 Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Plotting Amiga, Atari ST
Silver Surfer 1990 NES
Solstice 1990 NES
Wolverine 1991 NES
Tom & Jerry (& Tuffy) 1991 NES
Altered Space 1991 Game Boy
Double Dragon 1992 Mega Drive/Genesis
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge 1992 SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Gear
Double Dragon 3: The Arcade Game 1992 Mega Drive/Genesis
Plok 1993 SNES
Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Quest 1993 Mega Drive/Genesis
Blaster Master 2 1993 Mega Drive/Genesis
Equinox (Solstice 2) 1993 SNES
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage 1994 Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES
The Tick 1994 Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES
Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball 1994 SNES
The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk 1994 Game Boy
Tin Star 1994 SNES
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety 1995 Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES
Foreman for Real 1995 SNES
Cutthroat Island Video Game 1996 Super Nintendo, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear
Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1997 Nintendo 64 version
Carmageddon 64 1999 Nintendo 64
NASCAR 2000 1999 Game Boy Color
Border Zone 1999 Game Boy Color
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest 1999 Game Boy Color
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase 2001 Game Boy Advance version
The Ripping Friends 2002 Game Boy Advance
All-Star Baseball 2002 Game Boy Advance
2002 FIFA World Cup 2002 Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bevan, Mike (December 2013). "Bubbles, Baseball and Buzz Saws...". Retro Gamer (122) (Imagine Publishing). pp. 74–79. 
  2. ^ Gaming Gossip. Electronic Gaming Monthly. Issue 69. Pg.52. April 1995.

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