Crash Lab

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Crash Lab
Industry Video game industry
Interactive entertainment
Founded Nottingham, United Kingdom (2011)
Headquarters Nottingham, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Steve Ellis
Martin Wakeley
Lee Musgrave
Graeme Norgate
Products The Snowman and The Snowdog
Twist Pilot
Owner Independent

Crash Lab is an independent UK video game developer. The company was founded in November 2011 by Steve Ellis, Martin Wakeley and Lee Musgrave[1]

The company develops mobile games for iOS devices (including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Android devices (including Kindle Fire HD), PlayStation Mobile, Mac App Store, Samsung Apps and Blackberry App World[2]

Developed titles[edit]

Twist Pilot[edit]

Twist Pilot was initially released on iOS and Android in 2012 as part of the Zynga Partners for Mobile program[3] and subsequently released on PlayStation Mobile, Mac App Store, Blackberry App World and Samsung Apps.

The Snowman and The Snowdog[edit]

The Snowman and The Snowdog game were published on iOS and Android by Channel 4[4]

The game was based on The Snowman and The Snowdog film, produced by Lupus Films.[5]

The game reached number 1 in the iPhone and iPad game charts and was downloaded over 1 million times in the UK and Ireland.[6]


  • 2013 Develop 100 - Crash Lab was listed as one of the 100 best UK game studios[7]
  • 2013 Broadcast Digital Awards - Winner: Best Game (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[8]
  • 2013 BIMA Awards - Winner: Best Tablet App (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[9]
  • Yahoo News - App of the day (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[10]
  • Tech Digest - App of the day (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[11]
  • Eurogamer - App of the day (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[12]
  • App Consumer - App of the day (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[13]
  • 2013 Webby Awards - Honoree: Best Game for a Handheld Device (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[14]
  • 2013 Develop Awards - nominated: Best Micro Studio (Crash Lab)[15]
  • 2013 Develop Awards - nominated: Best Use of a Licence or IP (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[15]
  • 2013 AOP Digital Publishing Awards - nominated: Mobile and Tablet Innovation (The Snowman and The Snowdog)[16]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Steve Ellis - previously Managing Director at Free Radical Design, and wrote the Multiplayer aspect of Goldeneye, while at Rare Ltd[1]
  • Martin Wakeley - previously Designer and Producer at Rare Ltd and Free Radical Design[1]
  • Lee Musgrave - previously Head of Art at Rare Ltd[1]
  • Graeme Norgate - Musician at Rare Ltd and Audio Director at Free Radical Design[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "About Crash Lab". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Crash Lab Games". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Crash Lab and Zynga launch Twist Pilot on the App Store and Google Play". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Channel 4 announces The Snowman and The Snowdog game". MCV. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Channel 4 warmly welcomes The Snowman and The Snowdog". Channel 4. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Snowman and The Snowdog hits over 1m downloads". Channel 4. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Develop 100". Develop. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Broadcast Digital Awards 2013 Winners". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "BIMA 2013 Winners". BIMA. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "App of the day". Yahoo News. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "App of the day". Tech Digest. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "App of the day". Eurogamer. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "App of the day". App Consumer. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Webby Awards 2013". Webby Awards. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Develop Awards 2013". Develop. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2013". AOP Digital. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Graeme Norgate Linked In public profile". Linked In. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official Crash Lab website