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Gremlin Interactive

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Not to be confused with Gremlin Industries.
Gremlin Interactive
Basic Information
Foundation
1984
Defunct
1999
Founder
Ian Stewart
Product(s)
[[Wanted: Monty Mole]], [[Thing on a Spring]], [[Premier Manager]] and [[Actua Soccer]]
Industry
Video games
Successor company
[[Infogrames Entertainment and Infogrames]]

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

History[edit | edit source]

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.

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Gremlin logo used on Amiga games

Gremlin scored big with the Zool and 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, 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.

Crew[edit | edit source]

In the its heyday the core of the Gremlin's crew consisted of:

  • Ade Carless - Designer/graphics artist
  • Ian Stewart - Managing director
  • Patrick Phelan - Software manager/sound engineer


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