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From the forum issue 102

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:42 am

This month I'd like to know who your favourite Spectrum developer was.
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Post by merman » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:43 am

Mel Croucher... Because he tried something different.
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Post by Scapegoat » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:58 am

Obvious choice: Ultimate, they set the bar massively high early on, consistently raised the bar with almost every release and precious few ever came close to catching up.
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Post by the_hawk » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:30 am

I'd be lying if I said it wasn't Ultimate, however for sheer consistency of quality Durell Software are hard to beat. Harrier Attack, Scuba Dive, Saboteur I & 2, Critical Mass, Thanatos & of course Turbo Esprit. One of the few software houses you could trust to buy a game from without reading a review first!
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Post by jdanddiet » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:43 am

For me Incentive, consistent and groundbreaking.
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Post by ipmarks » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:47 am

Predictably it is Ultimate.
From Jetpac to Knight Lore they just made the Spectrum do seemingly impossible tasks, and in such a smooth and polished way. I can actually remember the sheer awe I felt on first loading up Knight Lore, and the sheer disbelief that my computer was playing a game that good.

Yes they went wrong at the end, with too many isometric rehashes... but who cares when their early output was so fantastic.

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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by DreamcastRIP » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:34 am

Dominic Robinson and Stephen Crow (together & independently) for the likes of Uridium, Zynaps, Flying Shark, Eliminator, Firelord and Starquake.
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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by webding » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:50 am

Imagine/Denton Designs for me. Most people would say Ultimate, but games like Target: Renegade, The Great Escape and Where Time Stood Still were the only titles to make me ever (briefly) question my decision to stick with the Commodore when my sister's hand-me-down 64 bust and I needed to buy another micro.

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Post by The Laird » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:53 am

Damn hard one that but I am going to go with Probe, specifically Dave Perry who continually managed to push the basic 48k spectrum and prove that you can do colour without clash with games like Savage, Dan Dare 3 and Teenage Multant Hero Turtles.

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Post by themightymartin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:55 am

Ocean/Imagine Software for me, purely for their excellent port of Renegade and its homegrown sequel.
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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by pantal00ns » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:01 am

Trust the Hawk to fly in and pick off Durell first. :wink:

Although with a little more thought it would go to Gargoyle Games. Not a turkey among them, just a dog named Scooby Doo. Tir Na Nog just blew me away when I first got my hands on it.

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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by DreamcastRIP » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:14 am

Not sure why some people are listing their favourite Speccy games publisher when Darran specifically asked for our "favourite Spectrum developer".

I appreciate that in the case of Ultimate it's tough finding out who developed each game as they were quite secretive about that sort of thing. But for the likes of Ocean, Imagine and Durell all one has to do is to check out the WoS database to discover which individual/s developed those publishers' games.
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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by Morkin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:21 am

Was it Bubble Bus Software that were responsible for Starquake? If so, I'll go with them. Or Pete Cooke for the awesome Urban Upstart. Or Sandy White for Ant Attack.

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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by RichL » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:22 pm

For me...Elite.

I only had my speccy for a bit before moving to a C64 so I ended up with Commando and Frank Brunos Boxing so I have to vote for them!

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Re: From the forum issue 102

Post by joefish » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:47 pm

For me it would be Jonathan 'Joffa' Smith. A technical genius on the Spectrum and creator of my favourite game, Hysteria. Proud to have known him - all too briefly - and to carry on keeping the Speccy alive.

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