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Sensible Software

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Founded in Chelmsford, Essex, UK in 1986 by Jon Hare and Chris Yates, two former school friends, Sensible Software was one of the most successful European development teams throughout the 8 Bit and 16-Bit eras, creating no less than seven #1 games in the UK in their 13 year history and scooping many industry awards in the process. Well regarded as eccentric mavericks, the team produced some strange and original games over the years. They later moved their offices to the Cambridgeshire town of March before settling in Saffron Walden, Essex in 1993.

Sensible Software enjoyed their greatest run of success between 1991 and 1995, with hits such as the Sensible Soccer games including Sensible World of Soccer, the Cannon Fodder games and Mega lo Mania. They were well known for their humorous small characters, quirky pop video intros and clean, precise and imaginative gameplay.

However although they became masters of the 2D graphics machines, their transition into the 3D era was less successful and after spending considerable time and effort on their ground breaking game Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll (which they initially signed to Warner Interactive Entertainment), they found the very risqué game too near the knuckle for Warner's purchaser's GT Software and were subsequently unable to sell it on to any publishers in the pre-GTA days of 1998.

In 1999 Jon and Chris sold Sensible Software to Codemasters, one of the top games publishers in the UK, for an undisclosed sum. Subsequent to Codemasters purchase of Sensible Software in 1999 Jon Hare has designed many games for Codemasters including various versions of Sensibler Soccer and Cannon Fodder.

Credited on 30 Games from 1986 to 1997

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Sensible Soccer '98 (1997 on Windows)
Sensible Soccer '98: European Club Edition (1997 on PlayStation, Windows)
Sensible World of Soccer '96/'97 (1996 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Sensible Train-Spotting (1995 on Amiga)
Sensible Golf (1995 on DOS, Amiga)
Sensible World of Soccer '95/'96 (1995 on Amiga)
Sensible World of Soccer: European Championship Edition (1995 on DOS, Amiga)
World Championship Soccer II (1994 on Genesis)
Cannon Fodder 2 (1994 on DOS, Amiga, Macintosh...)
Championship Soccer '94 (1994 on SNES, Genesis)
International Sensible Soccer (1994 on DOS, Jaguar, Amiga...)
Sensible World of Soccer (1994 on DOS, Amiga, Antstream)
Cannon Fodder (1993 on DOS, Windows, Game Boy Color...)
Cannon Fodder Plus (1993 on Amiga)
Championship Soccer '94 (1993 on SNES, Genesis, SEGA CD...)
Amiga Power Coverdisk 21 (1992 on Amiga)
Sensible Soccer: European Champions (1992 on Amiga, Atari ST, Amiga CD32...)
Sensible Soccer: European Champions - 92/93 Edition (1992 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)
Wizkid: The Story of Wizball II (1992 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...)
Mega lo Mania (1991 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)

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History +

June 1999

Acquired in whole by Codemasters.

March 1986

Company founded by Chris Yates and Jon Hare in Chelmsford, Essex, UK.

Trivia +

Sensible Software sponsor a non-league football team, now known as Sensible FC.

Jon Hare and co-founder of Sensi, Chris Yates used to be in a rather unsuccessful band called "Hamsterfish" before turning to computer games.

Sensible Software won the "Best Programmers '87" award from the German gaming magazine Power Play.

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