Bizarre Creations was born in the 8-bit microcomputer era, and grew to prominence as masterful developers of arcade racers and twin-stick shooters.
The loss of this talented Liverpool studio in 2011 was keenly felt by the whole games industry. Written throughout 2021 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the studio’s closure, this MegaFeature explores Bizarre Creations’ complete back catalogue, from the very earliest days right up until those fateful seventh-generation games that killed them off.
Combat Crazy: The Genesis of Bizarre Creations - The story of Bizarre Creations begins back in the '80s, with the formation of a small development group inspired by Martyn Chudley's love of Iron Maiden. And their first game would be Combat Crazy, a solid and enjoyable game that proved to be a commercial failure. The Killing Game Show: The Only Way is Up - Powerslave Developments begat Raising Hell Software -- and from there we saw Martyn Chudley's second commercial release. The Killing Game Show was a solid platform shooter published by Psygnosis -- albeit one with a monstrous difficulty curve!