• Sensible Software 1986–1999
    is the definitive biography
    of one of the world’s most
    pioneering and best-loved
    software houses.

    In stock and shipping now.

  • An exhaustive retrospective
    cataloguing every single
    game – from sprites and level
    maps to hand-drawn plans and
    previously unseen artwork,
    all plucked from the Sensible

  • Written by renowned games
    journalist Gary Penn, the
    book will tell the complete
    Sensible history, comprising
    anecdotes and first-hand
    interviews with legendary
    developers, industry bods
    and games writers.

  • Find out how Read-Only
    Memory began and see more
    of the book in our animated
    Kickstarter campaign video
    starring Jon Hare.

    Watch on Vimeo

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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.

It is the flagship title for Read-Only Memory, a new publishing company specialising in high-end books on gaming history, that combine art book production values with the very best in games journalism.

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’ll also be digging into 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.

This book was successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter, so it is thanks to the support of hundreds of Sensible Software fans worldwide that we are able to make the project a reality. For those who missed out on the original campaign we are pleased to announce that you can now order your copy here.


  • Jon Hare
  • Chris Chapman
  • Stoo Cambridge
  • Jools Jameson
  • Martin Galway
  • Mike Montgomery
  • Gary Bracey
  • Peter Molyneux
  • David Darling
  • Stuart Campbell
  • Gary Whitta
  • Dominik Diamond
  • Graeme Boxall
  • Sean Brennan
  • Tony Beckwith

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Pricing & Specification

Price: £25.00

UK p&p: Free
Europe p&p: £2.50
Worldwide p&p: £5.00

Size: 165 x 230mm
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 340