Retro Football Boss

A lifelong ambition

Ever since I first played World Soccer League on the C64, I wanted to make a Football Management game. I finally achieved that when RFB was released on Steam Early Access in September 2016, published by Plug-In Digital. It is the culmination of two year's determination, research and perseverance, allowing the player to start in any season from 1888-1998 with the real players, managers, transfers and competitions from that year.

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Built for Ludum Dare 40 in 48-hours

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Powerhouse
Powerhouse

Built for the Ludum Dare Game Jam.

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Mini Golf VR (WIP)
Mini Golf VR (WIP)

Each hole is built procedurally.

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VR Cricket
VR Cricket

Bat and ball physics completed, next step is to build a level generator which can build from .lua files.

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Unity3D

Fast iteration, clean code

As well as porting RFB to Unity, I have worked as a contractor for MAG Interactive in Brighton building prototypes, and also dip into a number of other projects to sharpen my skills in all areas of Unity game development.


You can play the games Powerhouse, Overdosed and Going Up! in your browser. These were made entirely by myself in just 48 hours for the Ludum Dare jam, including all code, graphics and sound.


I am particularly interested in areas such as VR and using procedural generation to generate rich and varied content during runtime, where the man-hours are not available to design levels or landscapes by hand. I am currently combining these to create a VR mini-golf game in Unity with a potentially infinite number of hole designs, alongside various other projects ranging from VR racket/bat & ball games to a 2D base-building engine.

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Play Powerhouse

Play GoingUp!

 
Xmas Puzzle
Xmas Puzzle

Procedurally-generated puzzle game.

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Video Games Quiz
Video Games Quiz

Guess the classic video games from their screenshots.

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Endless runner featuring a flying cat...

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Football Season Quiz 2011/12
Football Season Quiz 2011/12

A quiz based on the 11/12 football season.

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Picture Word
Picture Word

Combine the sounds represented by the pictures to make a new word. This game was then cloned and called 'Pic Combo'.

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Opposites
Opposites

Three game modes in which the aim is to find the opposite of the word displayed.

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Love Bucket
Love Bucket

A simple action game, burst the balloons and catch the water. An unexpected hit in Saudi Arabia!

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Lone Shark
Lone Shark

Fun endless runner, make the shark swim up and down to eat fish and avoid obstacles.

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Landmarks Quiz
Landmarks Quiz

Guess the world famous landmark from its picture.

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Football Players Quiz
Football Players Quiz

Guess the players based on their picture.

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Karl Pilkington Quiz
Karl Pilkington Quiz

Quiz based on bizarre world of the Sky 1 TV presenter and former colleague of Ricky Gervais.

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Friends Quiz
Friends Quiz

Quiz based on the hit US sitcom.

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Football Logos Quiz
Football Logos Quiz

The original Football Logos Quiz, this game achieved over 1m downloads.

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Football Kits Quiz
Football Kits Quiz

The original football kits quiz, which also achieved over 1m downloads.

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Clockwise
Clockwise

Unofficial version of the Channel 4 game show Countdown.

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Band Logos Quiz
Band Logos Quiz

Guess the band by their logo.

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Arrow
Arrow

Slide your finger to negotiate the arrow down the narrow path.

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4 Pics 1 Team
4 Pics 1 Team

Guess the football team based on four related pictures.

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4 Pics 1 Band
4 Pics 1 Band

Guess the band based on four related pictures.

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SATC Quiz
SATC Quiz

A quiz based on the hit US sitcom.

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Otter Studios

Having returned to programming in 2010, over the next few years I released around 25 games on the mobile app stores which achieved over three million downloads, and then turned part-time in 2014 to focus even more on development. Otter Studios was sold to a Seattle investor in late 2014.

 

8-bit development

For Commodore Machines

In late 2019 I learnt 6502 assembler in order to create a few games for the Commodore systems. It had always seemed like witchcraft as a kid, but recent experience with learning Xamarin and Objective-C gave me the confidence to try and to my surprise I got the hang of the completely different paradigm very quickly.

CAVEMAN (C64)
CAVEMAN (C64)
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Donkey Kong Junior - VIC20
Donkey Kong Junior - VIC20
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Donkey Kong Junior - Commodore PET
Donkey Kong Junior - Commodore PET
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Donkey Kong Junior - C16/Plus/4
Donkey Kong Junior - C16/Plus/4
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Donkey Kong Junior - C64
Donkey Kong Junior - C64
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Caveman - VIC20
Caveman - VIC20
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Caveman - C16/Plus/4
Caveman - C16/Plus/4
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Caveman (Commodore PET)
Caveman (Commodore PET)
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Football Rivals
Football Rivals

A remake of the C64 game Soccer Rivals

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Cook
Cook

A clone of the popular Happy Chef game, which was to feature a much more complex menu.

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Word Face
Word Face

Guess the celebrity based on the picture made up of words relevant to them.

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Football Rivals
Football Rivals

A remake of the C64 game Soccer Rivals

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The Unreleased Tapes

These are the games that were being worked on when Otter Studios was sold and it was decided to move away from mobile games!

 

Amiga Forever

Where It All Began...

I recently found all my old Amiga disks and managed to rescue the last copy of the critically acclaimed (by my family) 1996 AMOS game 'Horse Racing 2'.

With no manual or stackoverflow back then, it was just a case of trial and error to get anything up on the screen. 


Unfortunately, it would appear there are no such copies of the smash hit C64 prequel still in existence, although lemon64.com continue the search...

Robust code
Robust code

There never was a registered user 002...

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And they're off....
And they're off....

Two frames of animation was all these horses needed.

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Modern UI
Modern UI

Choices, choices...

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Not just yet...
Not just yet...

Not enough money to start a stable...

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A Dead Cert
A Dead Cert

I didn't quite understand how odds worked back then...

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A Strong Start
A Strong Start

I don't remember why I used my full name here...

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Hand-drawn in Deluxe Paint
Hand-drawn in Deluxe Paint

The dreams I had for Eagle Software sadly ended here...

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