Produced together with Sensible Software founder Jon Hare, Sensible Software 1986—1999 is the ultimate retrospective of the British software house behind some of the most groundbreaking and fondly-remembered games ever produced, including Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder, Mega lo Mania and Wizball.
The book chronicles the rise of Sensible – from its C64 beginnings making games such as Parallax, Microprose Soccer and Wizball, to its million-copy-selling Amiga heyday in the early ‘90s. The narrative – guided by games industry luminary Gary Penn – tells the Sensible story through interviews and anecdotes from the team, legendary developers, industry bods and our pick of the games journalists who saw Sensible rise to world stardom, first hand.
This is paired with an exhaustive visual tour celebrating the company's idiosyncratic style: sprites, game maps, typefaces and box art, all beautifully reproduced. We also dig around in the Sensible vaults to uncover a bounty of never-before-seen archival material including design documents and hand-drawn plans that show the first inklings of Sensible’s most famous games.
‘Praise the heavens; Sensible Software 1986—1999 is a ruddy triumph.’
—It’s Nice That
‘A brilliant read from start to finish ... It’s not just a videogame history lesson, it’s a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the games that so many of us have grown up with.’
—The Average Gamer