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Gremlin Interactive
Gremlin Interactive
Status
Defunct
Founded
1984
Headquarters
Sheffield, UK
Key people
Ian Stewart
    (Founder, Sales & Marketing)
Kevin Norburn
    (Founder, Finance Director)
Antony Crowther
    (Company Director)
Geoff Brown
     (Managing Director)
Industry
Computer and video games
Notable Games
Actua Soccer
Normality
Premier Manager
Realms of the Haunting
Realms of the Haunting Crew (Gremlin Archive)

Gremlin Interactive 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. and renamed in 1994. Gremlin's early success was based on games like Monty on the Run and Thing on a Spring. Their primary market then was 8-bit computers like the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64.

Gremlin 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).

Gremlin's titles were published in the United States by Interplay. In the UK, Gremlin distributed directly to large multiples while in Europe, the company sourced individual territory distribution deals on a product by product basis whilst still retaining Funsoft as its default distributor. In December 1997, the company signed a new publishing deal for its Actua Sports series and two non-sports titles with Fox Interactive.

In 1999 they themselves were bought by French publisher 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.

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List of Developed GamesEdit

Amiga Amiga CD32 Amstrad/Schneider CPC Arcade
16 Bit Hit Machine Compilation Litil Divil Impossamole Depthcharge
Axel's Magic Hammer Zool 2 Frogger
Harlequin Head On
Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Skidz
Space Crusade
Space Crusade: The Voyage Beyond
Super Cars
Switchblade
Switchblade 2
Zool 2
Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension
Atari ST CD-i Commodore 64/128 Game Boy
Plan 9 From Outer Space Litil Divil Cosmic Causeway: Trailblazer II Brainbender
Deflektor Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension
MASK
MASK II
MASK III: VEnom Strikes Back
Trailblazer
Game Gear Genesis Jaguar Lynx
Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension Lotus Turbo Challenge Zool 2 Switchblade
Newman Haas' Indy Car featuring Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Premier Manager
Premier Manager '97
Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension
Macintosh Nintendo 64 PC PlayStation
VR Soccer Actua Golf 4 Actua Ice Hockey Actua Golf
Premier Manager 64 Actua Soccer Actua Golf 2
Actua Soccer 2 Actua Golf 3
Actua Soccer 3 Actua Ice Hockey
Actua Tennis Actua Ice Hockey 2
Buggy Actua Soccer
FOX Sports Soccer 99 Actua Soccer 2
FOX Sports Golf 99 Buggy
Hard Core 4x4 FOX Sports Golf 99
Hardwar FOX Sports Soccer 99
Litil Divil Gekido
Motorhead Judge Dredd
Normality Loaded
Plan 9 From Outer Space Monopoly
Premier Manager Motorhead
Premier Manager 97 N2O: Nitrous Oxide
Premier Manager 98 Premier Manager 99: Total Football Managment
Premier Manager 99: Total Football Managment Re-Loaded: The Hardcore Sequel
Realms of the Haunting TNN Motorsports Hardcore 2
Re-Loaded: The Hardcore Sequel Team Losi RC Racer
Sand Warriors
Tribal Lore
Virtual Tennis
Whiplash
Zool 2
Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension
Saturn Sinclair ZX Spectrum Super NES TurboGrafx-16
Actua Soccer Impossamole Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension Impossamole
Loaded
UEFA Euro 96 England

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