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Jan
08

Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer  is a Scottish computer game developer who is best-known for designing and programming RollerCoaster Tycoon, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and Transport Tycoon. He entered the games industry in 1983, writing games in Z80 machine code on the Memotech MTX home computer, and then the Amstrad CPC series home computer. Some of these were published by Ariolasoft, Sepulcri Scelerati and Ziggurat. The former was a rare instance of a game being accepted by a publisher when it was already nearing completion. From 1988 to 1993, Chris Sawyer worked on PC conversions of Amiga games and was involved in many projects, including Virus, Campaign, Birds of Prey, Dino Dini’s Goal, and Frontier: Elite II. He also contributed to Elite Plus for the IBM PC.

Sawyer’s first management simulation game, Transport Tycoon, was released through Microprose in 1994 and became a classic of the modern tycoon computer games. A year later he improved and extended the game, giving it the title Transport Tycoon Deluxe. Sawyer immediately sought to create a sequel. However, while still working on the basic game engine, Sawyer developed an interest in roller coasters, and changed the project into what would become RollerCoaster Tycoon, originally called White Knuckle before release. [1] After creating RollerCoaster Tycoon, he resumed work on the sequel for Transport Tycoon but again postponed it to create RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. He completed the Transport Tycoon sequel for and released it as Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion in 2004.

Games Credited

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! (2005), Atari Europe S.A.S.U.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! (2005), Atari, Inc.
Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion (2004), Atari, Inc.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (2004), Atari do Brasil Ltda.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 (2002), Infogrames, Inc.
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes (2000), Hasbro Interactive, Inc.
RollerCoaster Tycoon (1999), Hasbro Interactive, Inc., MicroProse Software, Inc.
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Corkscrew Follies (1999), Hasbro Interactive, Inc.
Frontier: First Encounters (1995), GameTek, Inc.
Transport Tycoon Deluxe (1995), MicroProse Software, Inc.
Transport Tycoon World Editor (1995), MicroProse Software, Inc.
Dino Dini’s Soccer (1994), Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd.
Transport Tycoon (1994), MicroProse Software, Inc.
Frontier: Elite II (1993), GameTek, Inc., Konami, Inc.
Goal! (1993), Virgin Games, Ltd.
Birds of Prey (1992), Electronic Arts, Inc.
Campaign (1992), Empire Software
Elite Plus (1991), Microplay Software
Conqueror (1990), Rainbow Arts Software GmbH
Xenomorph (1990), Pandora
Revenge of Defender (1989), Epyx, Inc.
Virus (1988), Firebird Software Ltd.

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