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Gremlin Interactive (originally Gremlin Graphics) was a British software house based in Sheffield and working mostly in the home computer market. Like many software houses established in the eighties their primary market was the 8-bit range of computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Commodore 16 and Commodore 64.
The company, originally a computer store called Just Micro, was established as a software house in 1984 with the name Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd by Ian Stewart & Kevin Norburn. Gremlin's early success was based on games such as Wanted: Monty Mole for the ZX Spectrum and Thing on a Spring for the Commodore 64.
In 1994, it was renamed as Gremlin Interactive, now concentrating on the 16-bit, PC and console market. Also the HQ moved, from Carver Street to localities near Devonshire Green. Gremlin scored big with the Zool and 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 racing series, a futuristic racing game Motorhead, a stunt car racing game Fatal racing (1995) or a 1998 flight simulator 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.
The company themselves released a Japan-only sequel to Zool 2, entitled Zool 3: Shimatsu no Fukushū on the Sega 32X.
In 1996, Gremlin acquired DMA Design (creators of Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings).
In 1999, they developed the fourth and last game in the Zool series, Zool 64 on the Nintendo 64, after this, they themselves were bought by Infogrames and renamed "Infogrames Sheffield House", for a reported fee of around £24m, but the studio closed in 2003. The building they occupied has since been demolished when Infogrames Sheffield House was supposed to be renamed "Atari Sheffield House".
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