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Software Projects Ltd.

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England's Software Projects were one of the earliest games companies in their country, and were active for much of the 1980s. The company was founded in 1983 when Alan Maton and Soo Maton left Bug-Byte to set up Software Projects with Matthew Smith, joined by sixteen-year old Chris Cannon, also coming from Bug-Byte.

They brought several US titles to the UK market and UK-based systems such as the Spectrum, and remained Matthew Smith's publisher for many years.

Credited on 29 Games from 1983 to 1987

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Dragon's Lair (1987 on Commodore 64)
Dragon's Lair Part II: Escape from Singe's Castle (1987 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC)
Hysteria (1987 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Antstream)
Star Paws (1987 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Antstream)
Harvey Smith Showjumper (1985 on Commodore 64, MSX)
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier (1985 on Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum...)
Binky (1985 on Amstrad CPC)
Dragon's Lair (1984 on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC...)
The Perils of Willy (1984 on VIC-20)
Dinky Doo (1984 on Commodore 64)
Jet Set Willy (1984 on Atari ST, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit...)
Tribble Trubble (1984 on ZX Spectrum)
Dodo Lair (1984 on VIC-20)
Faces of Haarne (1984 on Commodore 64)
Fatty Henry (1984 on VIC-20)
Galactic Gardener (1984 on Commodore 64)
Hunchback at the Olympics (1984 on Commodore 64, Arcade)
Karls Kavern (1984 on BBC Micro)
Nutcraka (1984 on Commodore 64, BBC Micro)
Lode Runner (1983 on DOS, PC Booter, NES...)

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History +


The company is closed.


Software Projects Ltd. founded.

Trivia +

Bug Byte originally had the licence to the game Manic Miner. They lost the licence when Matthew Smith left Bug Byte to work for Software Projects. They also lost the follow-up game Jet Set Willy which he was developing at the time.

Company location (1983):

Software Projects Ltd.

The Bear Brand Complex

Allerton Road


Liverpool L25

United Kingdom

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