Software Creations (UK)

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Software Creations
Industry Video gaming
Founded 1987; 30 years ago (1987)
Manchester, England, U.K.
Founders Michael Webb
Richard Kay
Defunct 2004 (2004)
Website www.hellogames.org

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 licences 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
Vic Tokai's Aigina's Prophecy 1988 Commodore 64
Capcom's Bionic Commando 1988 Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Taito and Ocean's Plotting Amiga, Atari ST
Arcadia Systems' Silver Surfer 1990 NES
CSG Imagesoft's Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 1990 NES
Acclaim Entertaiment/LJN's Wolverine 1991 NES
Hi-Tech Expressions' Tom and Jerry: The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse! (Tom and Jerry (and Tuffy) 1991 NES
Sony Imagesoft's Altered Space 1991 Game Boy
Acclaim Entertainment's Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge 1992 Super NES, Genesis, Game Gear
Acclaim Entertainment/Flying Edge's Double Dragon 3: The Arcade Game 1992 Genesis
Tradewest's Plok 1993 Super NES
SunSoft's Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Quest 1993 Genesis
SunSoft's Blaster Master 2 1993 Genesis
Sony Imagesoft's Equinox (Solstice 2) 1993 Super NES
Acclaim Entertainment/LJN's Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage 1994 Genesis, Super NES
Fox Interactive's The Tick 1994 Genesis, Super NES
Nintendo's Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball 1994 Super NES
Acclaim Entertainment's The Simpsons: Bart and the Beanstalk 1994 Game Boy
Tin Star 1994 Super NES
Acclaim Entertainment's Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety 1995 Genesis, Super NES
Acclaim Entertainment's Foreman for Real 1995 Super NES
Acclaim Entertainment's Cutthroat Island 1996 Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear
id Software and GT Interactive's Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1997 Nintendo 64
Titus Software's Carmageddon 64 1999 Nintendo 64
EA Sports' NASCAR 2000 1999 Game Boy Color
Boarder Zone 1999 Game Boy Color
Nintendo's Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest 1999 Game Boy Color
Hasbro Interactive's Nicktoons Racing 2000 Windows, PlayStation, Arcade
THQ's Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase 2001 Game Boy Advance version
THQ's The Ripping Friends (as Creations) 2002 Game Boy Advance
Acclaim Entertainment's All-Star Baseball 2003 (as Creations) 2002 Game Boy Advance
EA Sports' 2002 FIFA World Cup (as Creations) 2002 Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox
Acclaim Entertainment's Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance (as Acclaim Studios Manchester) 2003 PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox
Acclaim Entertainment's All-Star Baseball 2004 (as Acclaim Studios Manchester) 2003 Game Boy Advance
Acclaim Entertainment's Interview with a Made Man (as Acclaim Studios Manchester) Cancelled 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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