Mike Follin

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The Revd. Michael Stuart Follin is a former computer game programmer, working until the late 1990s. Among other companies, he worked at Software Creations and, while there, worked on ZX Spectrum. The titles included highly rated arcade conversions of Bubble Bobble[1] and Ghouls 'n Ghosts,[2] as well as the innovative The Sentinel,[3] one of the first games on the Spectrum to feature true 3D graphics. The music for these games was often written by his brother Tim Follin.

In CRASH issue 59, Follin cited Knight Lore, Codename MAT and Pentagram as video game classics, with Jonathan Smith as his favorite programmer. Follin's Spectrum conversion of The Sentinel was considered by fellow programmers as one of the top five classic games on that platform.[4]

After sixteen years in the computer games industry, Follin left the industry to train as a priest in the Church of England.[5] He was subsequently ordained at Liverpool Cathedral,[6] and as of 2010 is the vicar at St Peter's, a small Anglican church in Maghull, Merseyside.[7] He married his wife, Lynn Follin, in 1994.[8]


  1. ^ CRASH 45 – Bubble Bobble
  2. ^ Ghouls And Ghosts Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ CRASH 40 – The Sentinel
  4. ^ "Programmers on Programmers". CRASH (59). December 1988. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  5. ^ ZX Specticle: Mike Follin, January 2001
  6. ^ Baptist Surfer: Mike Follin
  7. ^ "St Peter's, Maghull: Official Website". Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  8. ^ Internet Archive: Mike Follin: Official Website

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