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Founded: 1983
Defunct: 1990
Headquarters: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
"Tynesoft, prevailers of absolute rubbish. The only times they actually produced anything good was by accident, mainly when people submitted games to them that were good because they didn't submit them to a better company."
ChinnyHill10, in his review of their Super Gran computer game

Tynesoft Computer Software (commonly referred to as Tynesoft) was a British video game developer and publisher based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. They were around from 1983 to 1990. It mainly produced computer games that were based on movies and TV shows.


The company was originally set up in 1983 to release educational software but soon moved into the video games market on which it concentrated for most of its time. It developed numerous games for a wide variety of 8-bit micros, particularly those less well catered for by other publishers such as the Commodore 16, BBC Micro and Atari 8-bit. They also had a budget label, Micro Value, that issued compilations, reissues and some original games.

They had most success with their multi-load games such as Summer Olympiad, Circus Games and Rodeo Games. They also released licensed ports to smaller systems such as Software Projects' Jet Set Willy (Atari 8-bit, Commodore 16/Plus/4, BBC Micro and Acorn Electron), First Star Software's Boulder Dash (BBC, Electron) and Spy vs. Spy (C16/+4, BBC, Electron) and Mindscape's Indoor Sports (C16/+4, BBC, Electron). From the late 1980s, they released games for the 16-bit computers Amiga and Atari ST as well as PC but failed to capture a large share of this new market and with the demise of the 8-bit games scene, their sales fell. The company went bankrupt in 1990 when its sister printing business incurred massive debts, before it could publish its game based on the Games Workshop boardgame Blood Bowl. The name continues to this day in a completely unrelated business.

List of video games

  1. Auf Wiedersehen Pet (1984)
  2. Bingo (1984)
  3. Rig Attack (1984)
  4. Olympiad (1984)
  5. US Drag Racing (1984)
  6. Ian Botham's Test Match (1985)
  7. Super Gran (1985)
  8. Super Gran: The Adventure (1985)
  9. Mouse Trap (1985)
  10. Future Shock (1986)
  11. European Games (1986)
  12. Winter Olympics (1986)
  13. The Big KO (1986)
  14. Phantom (1987)
  15. Mirax Force (1987)
  16. Who Dares Wins II (1987)
  17. Summer Olympiad (1988)
  18. Winter Olympiad '88 (1988)
  19. Circus Games (1989)
  20. Superman: The Man of Steel (1989)
  21. Buffalo Bill's Rodeo Games aka Buffalo Bill's Wild West Rodeo Show (1989)
  22. Roller Coaster Rumbler (1989)
  23. Mayday Squad (1989)
  24. Beverly Hills Cop (1990)

Why Most of Their Games Were Prevailers of Absolute Rubbish

  1. Their games have very hideous graphics, which are unacceptable for 1980s standards.
  2. Most of their games have very ear-bleedingly annoying and horrid music that makes CrazyBus sound like Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
  3. Their games' characters walk very slowly, and yet Super Mario Bros. was released in 1985, and Mario walks very fluently, and one year after their bankruptcy, Sonic the Hedgehog was released and Sonic runs very fluently.
  4. Their games take way too many liberties from their source material.
  5. Their games have dreadful controls that make Sonic '06's controls feel good by comparison.
  6. Some of their most infamous games include Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Super Gran and Beverly Hills Cop for the Amiga, the last of which was the very last game they published before closing their doors for good.
  7. Alongside Alternative Software, they are basically the UK equivalent of LJN.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Their Superman game on the Commodore 64 is decent and is especially better than the two most infamous Superman games.


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