Girish Mahajan

Gremlin Interactive

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Industry  Video games
Defunct  1999
Founded  1984
Founder  Ian Stewart
Headquarters  Sheffield
Ceased operations  1999
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Fate  Absorbed into Infogrames, later picked up by Urbanscan Ltd. (Ian Stewart's new company)
Key people  Patrick Phelan (software manager)
Products  Wanted: Monty Mole, Thing on a Spring, Premier Manager, Actua Soccer, Normality
Successor  Infogrames Entertainment SA
Video games  Zool, Thing on a Spring, Top Gear, Bounder, Top Gear 2

Gremlin interactive behind the scenes 1996

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.


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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.

Key staff

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
  • MicroProjects Ltd (Jason Perkins, Mark Rogers, Anthony Clarke)
  • References

    Gremlin Interactive Wikipedia

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