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Armin Gessert

Game Credits


ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif (2011)   (CEO)
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (2010)   (CEO)
Helldorado (2007)   (CEO Spellbound)
Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge (2006)   (CEO Spellbound)
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (2002)   (Producer & CEO)


ArcaniA: Fall of Setarrif (2011)   (Executive Producer)
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (2010)   (Executive Producer)
Giana Sisters DS (2009)   (Executive Producer)
Helldorado (2007)   (Executive Producer)
Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge (2006)   (Executive Producer Spellbound)
Airline Tycoon Deluxe (2003)   (Producer)
Chicago 1930 (2003)   (Producer & CEO)
Smoking Guns: Shooting Gallery! (2003)   (Producer)
Airline Tycoon Evolution (2002)   (Producers)
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (2001)   (Producer)
Airline Tycoon (1999)   (Producer)
Airline Tycoon (1998)   (Producer)
Street Gang (1987)   (Produced by)


Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside (1998)   (Concept)
Tom and the Ghost (1990)   (Game Conception)
Pro Tennis Tour (1989)   (Design)


Helldorado (2007)   (Technical & Programming Director)
Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge (2006)   (Technical Director)
Airline Tycoon Deluxe (2003)   (Additional Programming)
Airline Tycoon Evolution (2002)   (Additional Programming)
Airline Tycoon (1999)   (Additional Programming)
Airline Tycoon (1998)   (Additional Programming)
Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside (1998)   (Head of Development and Lead Programming)
Dr. Drago's Madcap Chase (1995)   (Programming)
Tom and the Ghost (1990)   (Programming)
In 80 Days Around the World (1987)   (Program by)
Street Gang (1987)   (Written by)


The Great Giana Sisters (1987)   (Written by)


Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (2001)   (Video editing)

Creative Services

Airline Tycoon Deluxe (2003)   (Manual)
Airline Tycoon Evolution (2002)   (Manual Text)
Airline Tycoon (1999)   (Manual Text)
Airline Tycoon (1998)   (Manual Texts)


Dr. Drago's Madcap Chase (1995)   (Technical Supervisor)


Airline Tycoon 2 (2011)   (In Memory of)
ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (2010)   (In Loving Memory of)
Giana's Return (2010)   (In Memory of)
Giana Sisters DS (2009)   (In Memory of)
Cultures: Die Saga (2003)   (Special Thanks To)
Cultures (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Extreme Assault (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
The Great War: 1914-1918 (1992)   (Special Thanks to)

Developer Biography

(June 13, 1963 - November 8, 2009)

Before Armin Gessert ventured the step to independently founding Spellbound, he worked as a game developer and programmer for the cult labels Rainbow Arts and Blue Byte.

His first work was the action adventure Street Gang which came out under the label Rainbow Arts in 1984. The following year Armin Gessert developed a real classic in cooperation with Chris Hülsbeck (sound) and Manfred Trenz (graphic): The Great Giana Sisters. The “Giana Sisters” maintained its lead on top of the readers’ charts for 13 months. By publishing the sequel to the “Giana Sisters”, a game called Hard ‘n’ Heavy, the cooperation with Rainbow Arts terminated and Armin Gessert went to a different job from Gütersloh to Kehl where he worked as freelance for the in 1988 newly founded developer agency Blue Byte.

The first game he programmed for Blue Byte was the adventure Tom and the Ghost. With respect to this adventure Armin Gessert participated in the development of the tennis simulation Great Court, which was the first big roaring success for Blue Byte in 1989. The last game Armin Gessert realised for Blue Byte was Dr. Drago's Madcap Chase.

Following in 1994 was the step to independence – the establishment of Spellbound Studios which developed real-time strategy games such as "Robin Hood - The Legend of Sherwood", released in 2002 and the two "Desperados" games, released in 2001 and 2006, respectively.

Source: Spellbound Entertainment company homepage

Last updated: Dec 15, 2009

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