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Gremlin Interactive

Name: Gremlin Interactive
Established: 1984
Status: Acquired by Infogrames
Submitter: Res
Added: May 22 2004

Company description

Gremlin Interactive (formerly Gremlin Graphics) was a British software house based in Sheffield and working mostly in the home computer market.

The company was established in 1984 as Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd by Ian Stewart. In 1994 it was renamed as Gremlin Interactive. 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. Like many software houses established in the eighties their primary market was the 8-bit range of computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX and Commodore 64.

Gremlin Interactive's logo used from 19941999Gremlin scored big with the Premier Manager series in the early 1990s, and then with Actua Soccer, the first football game in full 3D, while having success with other games such as the Lotus series, Zool, Motorhead or 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. In 1995, Gremlin also released a stunt car racing game called Fatal Racing.

In 1996 Gremlin acquired DMA Design (creators of Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings).

In 1999, they themselves were bought by Infogrames and renamed "Infogrames Sheffield House", for a reported fee of around 21m, but the studio closed in 2003. The building they occupied has since been demolished.


Some games developed or published by this company

Name System Genre
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge PC Racing
Zool SNES Adventure
VR Soccer '96 (a.k.a. Actua Soccer) PC Sports
Motorhead PC Racing
Zool 2 PC Action
Men in Black: The Game PC Action
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf PC Action
Re-Loaded PC Action
Zool PC Action
Normality PC Adventure

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