| Video games|
| Ian Stewart|
| Absorbed into Infogrames, later picked up by Urbanscan Ltd. (Ian Stewart's new company)|
Patrick Phelan (software manager)
Wanted: Monty Mole, Thing on a Spring, Premier Manager, Actua Soccer, Normality
Infogrames Entertainment SA
Zool, Thing on a Spring, Top Gear, Bounder, Top Gear 2
Gremlin Interactive (originally Gremlin Graphics) was a British software house based in Sheffield and working mostly in the home computer market. Like many software houses established in the 1980s, their primary market was the 8-bit range of computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Commodore 16 and Commodore 64.
Gremlin Interactive Wikipedia
The company, originally a computer store called Just Micro, was established as a software house in 1984 with the name Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd by Ian Stewart & Kevin Norburn. Gremlin's early success was based on games such as Wanted: Monty Mole for the ZX Spectrum and Thing on a Spring for the Commodore 64.
In 1994, it was renamed as Gremlin Interactive, now concentrating on the 16-bit, PC and console market. Gremlin enjoyed major success with the Zool and Premier Manager series in the early 1990s, and then with Actua Soccer, the first football game in full 3D; other successful games included the Lotus racing series; a futuristic racing game, Motorhead; a stunt car racing game, Fatal Racing (1995); and the 1998 flight simulator Hardwar. Following EA's success with the EA Sports brand, Gremlin also released their own sports videogame series, adding Golf, Tennis and Ice Hockey to their Actua Sports series. During this time, they used a motif from the Siegfried Funeral March from Götterdämmerung as introductory music.
In 1997, Gremlin acquired DMA Design (creators of Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings). After 1999, they themselves were bought by Infogrames and renamed "Infogrames Sheffield House", for a reported fee of around £24 million, but the studio closed in 2003. The building they latterly occupied near Devonshire Green has since been demolished when Infogrames Sheffield House was supposed to be renamed "Atari Sheffield House".
Gremlin Interactive's catalogue and name have since been bought up by Ian Stewart's new company Urbanscan.
In its heyday the Gremlin staff included:Kevin Bulmer - Designer/graphics artist
Jon Harrison - Designer/graphics artist
Gary Priest - Programmer
Bill Allen - Programmer
David Martin - Marketing Director
Ben Daglish - Outsourced Musician
Ade Carless - Designer/graphics artist
Antony Crowther ('Ratt') - Designer, programmer
Paul Whitehead - Tester / Designer
Ian Stewart - Managing director
Kevin Norburn - Operations director
Patrick Phelan - Software manager/sound engineer
Chris Harvey - Lead console programmer
Peter Harrap - Programmer
Chris Kerry - Programmer
Shaun Hollingworth - Programmer
Christian Urquhart - Programmer
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