CRL Group

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CRL Group PLC
Formerly
Computer Rentals Limited
Private
IndustryVideo games
FateDissolved
FoundedApril 29, 1982; 37 years ago (1982-04-29)
FounderClement Chambers
Defunct1989 (1989)
Headquarters9 King's Yard, Carpenters Road,
London E15 2HD
,
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Ian Ellery
ProductsTau Ceti, Academy

CRL Group plc is a defunct British video game development and publishing company. Originally CRL stood for "Computer Rentals Limited".[1] It was based in King's Yard, London and run by Clem Chambers.[2]

They released a number of notable adventure games based on horror stories. Dracula and Frankenstein were rated 15 certificate by the British Board of Film Censors for their graphics depicting bloody scenes; Dracula was the first game to be rated by the BBFC.[3] Jack the Ripper was the first game to receive an 18 certificate, Wolfman also gained an 18 certificate.[4]

CRL-published games that achieved critical success include Tau Ceti and Academy.

The 1984 game of the series Terrahawks was one of the first video games based on a TV show.[5]

Games[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

1986[edit]

1987[edit]

1988[edit]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

Unreleased[edit]

  • Enchantress[8]
  • Spearhead
  • The Blues Brothers[9]
  • The Malinsay Massacre[10]

Software[edit]

  • Fifth (1983)
  • Stargazer Secrets (1983)
  • Highway Code (1984)[11]
  • 3D Game Maker (1987)
  • 2D Game Maker (1988)
  • Hi-Rise Scaffold Construction Set (Unreleased)

Platforms[edit]

Notes[edit]

1 Hercules was a re-release of a 1984 video game by Interdisc
2 Robin of Sherlock was a re-release of a 1985 video game by Delta 4 Software
3 Federation was a re-release of a 1985 video game called Quann Tulla
4 International Soccer was a re-release of a 1983 video game called Cup Final

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.crashonline.org.uk/09/news.htm
  2. ^ "From cavemen to rocky horrors". Amstrad Action (19): 30. August 1985. at World of Spectrum
  3. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/bram-stokers-dracula-review
  4. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-03-01-dracula-unbound-the-story-behind-the-first-18-certificated-video-game
  5. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=YourSinclair/Issue60/Pages/YourSinclair6000058.jpg
  6. ^ http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr09/yr09_59.htm
  7. ^ https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.php?cat=96&id=1416
  8. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0011680
  9. ^ https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/gtw64/the-blues-brothers/
  10. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0011871
  11. ^ https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.php?cat=96&id=9110

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