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Throughout the 1st decade of my career, I settled into making a series of increasingly ambitious 3D games for the PC - which was the most open platform available to me at the time. It was a tough crowd to please, and I was often entertaining myself more than anybody else, but here is where I laid the foundations that are still being built on to this day. Although these games were designed for XP and may no longer be compatible with modern operating systems such as Windows 10, they tend to work better in "windowed" mode or via software such as DxWnd:


Wrestling MPire Remix (2011)
This special "remixed" version of Wrestling MPire was an unexpected treat for all the loyal fans who were still playing the game long after I had disappeared! It was the most ambitious update yet - featuring a whole new page of editing options that allowed you to change every detail of a wrestler's appearance. The addition of real moving eyes also injected even more personality into the action, alongside a whole host of new faces to rub shoulders with in the expanded universe - not least those that were generated randomly to keep your career fresh! Both Career Edition and Management Edition were also offered with even better compatibility between the two:
- Career Edition
- Management Edition


Under Development
(2010)
Spanning over 30 years from 1981 to 2011 and beyond, Under Development puts the controller in your hands at gaming's most pivotal moments. Walk the halls of 9 different companies and assemble a team of specialists in 6 key areas - from design and programming to graphics and sound. Then let them loose on over 30 pieces of increasingly sophisticated hardware - all lovingly brought to life in photo-realistic 3D. And every step of the way, you'll be using games to make games - via dozens of charming sub-games that reflect your efforts. But if you thought game development was about bringing dreams to life, prepare to contend with the nightmares of office politics, fickle fans, scathing reviews, and economic woes! Whether you aspire to make games or play them, Under Development is an affectionate tribute to the ultimate art form...


The You Testament
(2008)
The greatest story ever told becomes the greatest story ever EXPERIENCED! The You Testament takes you back to the time of Christ and allows you to witness his impact on society firsthand. Be the feet that follow him around ancient Palestine, the voice that tempts him in the wilderness, and the ears that hear his guidance. Then be the hand that betrays him, the mouth that denies him, and the eyes that see his death and resurrection. By the time the story has been told, it will be the most personal account ever documented - the Gospel according to YOU! Featuring a unique interpretation of events and scriptural references for further reading, the teachings of Christ have never been more relevant and accessible. Neither pious nor blasphemous, The You Testament is a thought-provoking challenge of what you thought you knew and an uplifting reminder of what will always be true...


Popscene: Track 2
(2008)
Before Popscene found its natural home as a 2D mobile app, the music industry sim made its name on PC in 3D - first in 2004 and then again in 2008 in its most polished form. Back then, people were still listening to music on CD's - which you were encouraged to insert as a real backdrop to your musical exploits! It was my attempt to do for music what my wrestling games had done for that genre - immersing you in a universe full of characters with fluctuating stats on the road to success.


Wrestling MPire (2008)
The boxing game Reach introduced the most polished graphics and gameplay to come out of this era, which culminated in a wrestling game that shared its DNA. Up to this point, I had been remaking an entire wrestling game from scratch every 2 years - first in 2004, then in 2006, and here again in 2008. Along the way, each incarnation also offered BOTH aspects of the sport - wrestling in the ring or "booking" behind the scenes in an entirely separate strategy sim. GM modes have become standard in wrestling games since then, but at the time it was bold and risky to "expose" the business to this extent. Similarly, the gameplay itself was wild enough to ensure wrestling fans were having more fun than they could find anywhere else - with dozens of characters in the ring at once, along with destructible furniture and weapons! To this day, the game is a permanent fixture on YouTube where fans continue to share their own highlights.
- Career Edition
- Management Edition


Reach
(2007)
Reach for the top of the rankings in a bold new era of boxing! The "Boxing Entertainment Commission" has shunned mundane sport in favour of exciting action - and you're cordially invited to join the fun. Create your own prize fighter from scratch and immerse yourself in gaming's most involving boxing universe - featuring up to 100 characters spread across 3 weight classes. Here, what happens in the ring is merely the first round - as you proceed backstage to manage your business affairs and plot your next career move! Negotiate lucrative contracts with the suits and then arrange matches with the talent - filling up your weekly schedule with spectacular pay-per-view bouts and history-making tournaments. Along the way, you'll transform your body to survive in the ring and adjust your attitude to survive backstage. With so many balls in the air, the only question is will your Reach exceed your grasp?


Hard Time
(2006)
Before Hard Time found fame as a 2D mobile app enjoyed by millions of people, it started its sentence as a 3D adventure! After watching TV shows like Oz, I always felt there was a place for a gritty, character-driven simulation of life behind bars. Here, the drudgery of it was embraced to create a tense survival sim - where you had to eat and sleep amidst a backdrop of constant violence without losing your mind! The wrestling games had given me a good pedigree in trash talking and gang violence, so this was the same thing transplanted to a different setting. The "turn and advance" controls weren't ideal compared to what would follow in later 3D adventures, but it was a step in the right direction.


World War Alpha
(2006)
When an army travels back in time to rule the world 1'000 years in advance, they get more than they bargained for from their primitive counterparts! Join the ultimate battle across time and space, as the warriors of the past defend their heritage against the soldiers of the future. Unite 9 ancient civilizations from all over of the globe, and stake your claim on 21 separate territories. Then take the action onto the battlefield - where scores of characters wage war with dozens of interactive weapons in a fully playable, live action format! With every blow exchanged, every territory won, and every life lost, you'll come to realize that war is a double-edged sword. The only question is which side are you on?


Grass Roots
(2006)
Leave the professional experience on the bench, and rediscover your roots playing real people with real stories. Create your own sporting saviour from scratch and embark on a campaign for world domination - sampling the culture of each continent and challenging their heroes. Match after match, you'll gain loyal followers and confront bitter rivals as you shimmy your way through a political minefield. But once that dream team has been formed, all that remains is to hit the pitch for the most dramatic sporting action on the planet! When you get back to basics and passion is all that matters, will your roots be strong enough?


Popcorn
(2005)
Having conquered the musical world in Popscene, you must now turn your managerial skills to the movie industry! Here, soundtracks are the least of your concerns - as you preside over the scripts and footage that will yield a cinematic masterpiece. Unleash your camera on over 20 unique sets,
and choreograph each scene in a fully interactive 3D world. Success demands that you immerse yourself in a thriving community of over 100 characters, spread across 6 unique studios. Assemble a crack team of writers and directors behind the camera, and then recruit the stars that can bring the material to life on screen. All the while trying to stay on budget, and diplomatically keeping those fragile egos in check week after week. By the time you expose your work to the opinionated public, you'll have taken part in a very real "drama" of your own!


Wrecked
(2005)
Long before TV shows like Lost made survival sims ubiquitous, I was always planning to make my own. I originally envisaged it as a 2D side-scroller, which more closely resembled what we saw on mobiles in 2017! In 2005, however, I was experimenting in 3D for every project. It didn't make things any easier in this case, as I had been focusing entirely on wrestling up to this point - which meant outdoor scenery was new to me! So too were the animals that had to inhabit it, which ended up looking rather crude. I did my best and ushered in countless innovations that we hadn't seen until now - including fully interactive 3D terrain with water and particle effects. The presentation was also the most professional yet, and even offered a split-screen multiplayer mode - which we haven't seen before or sinceThe "turn and advance" controls weren't ideal compared to what would follow in later 3D exploits, but it was an important stepping stone towards better things. The game also introduced a spiritual theme to my work that would go on to be increasingly prevalent...


Sure Shot 3D
(2004)
The original was hailed as a "gem" by PC Utilities magazine. Now Sure Shot is back, better than ever, with a glorious 3D campaign! The concept harks back to the good old days, when games were simple but addictive (and so challenging that you could barely get past the first level!). That's about all that remains intact though - because the game has been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Boasting infinitely superior 3D gameplay, immersive visuals, and sublime presentation, Sure Shot 3D is almost unrecognizable from its clumsy predecessor. Thankfully, the action-packed gameplay is still reporting for duty though - and now takes place over 25 unique locations. Bite the bullet and sign up for a real challenge...


Big BumpZ
 (2003)
The ultimate 3D incarnation of my classic "Stunt Challenge" gameplay - whereby you perform back-breaking stunts in the name of entertainment! Guide your wannabe superstar through a gruelling career - ranging from their humble backyard beginnings through to championship gold. Featuring 10 unique stages, 30 characters, over 50 spectacular moves, and dozens of destructible items... 


Federation Booker
(2003)
Step backstage and experience the REAL world of professional wrestling! Having won control of the hot new "Federation Online" promotion, it's your job to make it a success. A lucrative TV deal has been signed but only you can book the entertaining action that will make it a ratings winner! On your way to the top you must trade talent, develop their skills, deal with their tantrums, produce arena improvements, and book exciting cards. Then step into the ring and act it all out for real - thanks to glorious 2D gameplay! Federation Booker is the ultimate wrestling management game, boasting unsurpassed detail in and out of the ring...


Federation Wrestling
(2002)
The original 2D wrestling simulator that provided the engine for Federation Booker. Use the same great gameplay to blow off steam in a purely arcade setting! Create your own wannabe superstar from scratch and then guide them through an action-packed year in the controversial new Federation Online promotion...


Sure Shot: Star Wars Edition
(2002)
An inspired remake of the original Sure Shot, featuring characters and locations from the Star Wars movies. This version casts you as Han Solo and Chewbacca, as they blast their way through 5 familiar settings whilst trying to salvage Rebel droids (C3P0). New enemies include Storm Trooper variations, Remote Probes, Tuskan Raiders, and Bounty Hunters...


Sure Shot
(2002)
Hailed as a "gem" by PC Utilities magazine, this game offers an innovative spin on the shoot 'em-up genre.
You play as two soldiers working together to liberate an entire island full of hostile enemies - and there's only one way they can pull it off. Help them execute their risky Sure Shot tactic, as you follow their journey through 25 unique areas. Complete with a fully customizable training mode...

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