Made in Sheffield Bundle

You might not know it, but Sheffield’s maker heritage isn’t all about steel. As a technically advanced and incredibly creative city it’s had a long love affair with videogame development. We didn’t move here by accident you know!

From Gremlin Graphics, to Sumo Digital, this city has produced a plethora of games, and continues to provide plenty of opportunity for aspiring developers.

Tanglewood

Made by Matt Phillips of Evil Big Corp. and released in 2018 after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Tanglewood is a modern Sega Mega Drive game! It was programmed in pure Mega Drive assembly language using original development tools and processes from the 1990s!

If you’d like to know more about how Matt created Tanglewood, the YouTube channel Computerphile is here to help!

Snakepass

Join Noodle the Snake and Doodle the Hummingbird as they try to get to the very top of Haven Tor!

Snake Pass came out of an internal game jam held at Sumo Digital. Designer Seb Liese was trying to teach himself Unreal, a videogame engine, and stumbled across his unique ‘Snake Physics’ mechanic. You can hear more about Snake Pass’s origins in this interview with Seb from EGX Rezzed.

Snake Pass is a weird, wacky, and wonderful platformer with rewarding controls and great atmosphere.

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Super Rub ‘a’ Dub

Another Sumo Digital delight! The game began life as a technical demonstration of water effects and PlayStation 3’s ‘Sixaxis’ motion controls. Unsurprisingly, the demo was called ‘Duck Demo’! Super Rub ‘a’ Dub was announced on 8 February 8, 2007 at the D.I.C.E. Summit.

Water physics and motion controls may be commonplace now, but only because of previously cutting-edge work like this! You can watch the Super Rub ‘a’ Rub trailer on YouTube!

Zool

A speedy, side-scrolling platform game in the mould of Sonic, Zool was a huge-success and remains much-loved.

The game was released for a host of different systems including the Commodore Amiga and Mega Drive. At the museum, you get to play the comparatively rare SNES version.

Created in Sheffield by Gremlin Graphics, Zool is not only the ‘Ninja of the Nth Dimension’, but one of the defining videogames of the 1990s.

Zool felt like my game; it was meaningful to reach a new area, getting to the stages with the drums and pianos felt like reaching some impossible, infinitely dangerous new world

Alex Meer, Rock Paper Shotgun