Rare Ltd. (formerly Rareware) is a Twycross-based (though they started in Ashby-de-la-Zouch) [[VideoGames video game]] development company founded by Chris and Tim Stamper in [[TheEighties 1982]]. They're famous for their pioneering of sophisticated technology to make video games, the sheer amount of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar crap they get past the radar,]] [[UrbanLegendOfZelda the idiosyncratic little mysteries they weave into their games that leave gamers pondering for decades,]] and their media-shy nature.

They've created some games for the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum, for which they attained most of their early fame (as "Ultimate Play the Game"), and then for Creator/{{Nintendo}}, for which they earned their second wave of fame, but have since moved on to working under [[Creator/MicrosoftStudios Microsoft]]. Several key employees have left Rare to form the indie company Playtonic Games and make [[SpiritualSuccessor the kind of games Rare used to be famous for in the N64 era]], the first of which being ''VideoGame/YookaLaylee''.
!!Games developed/published by Ashby Computers and Graphics/Ultimate Play the Game:
* ''VideoGame/{{Jetpac}}''
** ''Lunar Jetman''
* ''Atic Atac''
* ''PSSST''
* ''Tranz Am''
* ''Cookie''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Sabreman}}'' series
** ''VideoGame/SabreWulf''
** ''Underwurlde''
** ''Knight Lore''
** ''Pentagram''
* ''Alien 8''
* ''Nightshade''
* ''Cyberun''
* ''Gunfright''
* ''Martianoids''
* ''Bubbler''
* ''The Staff of Karnath''
** ''Entombed''
** ''Blackwyche''
** ''Dragonskulle''
* ''Outlaws''
* ''Imhotep''

!!Games developed/published by Rare (1985-2003):
* ''The Amazing Franchise/SpiderMan'' (GameBoy LicensedGame)
* ''VideoGame/{{Anticipation}}''
* ''Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!'' (NES version)
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''
** ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie''
** ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooieGruntysRevenge''
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''
** ''Battletoads in Battlemaniacs''
** ''Battletoads & VideoGame/DoubleDragon: The Ultimate Team''
** ''Battletoads Arcade''
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (NES[=/=]GameBoy LicensedGame)
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}'' (NES version)
* ''VideoGame/CaptainSkyhawk''
* ''VideoGame/CobraTriangle''
* ''Conker's Pocket Tales''
** ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''
* ''Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat'' (NES version)
* ''Digger T. Rock: The Legend of the Lost City''
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''
** ''Donkey Kong Land''
** ''Donkey Kong Land 2''
** ''Donkey Kong Land III''
** ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''
** ''Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong''
* ''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' (NES LicensedGame)
* ''F-117 Night Storm''
* ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}'' (N64 LicensedGame)
* An NES adaptation of ''Pinball/HighSpeed''
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' (NES LicensedGame)
* ''Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road'' (NES version)
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' (NES LicensedGame)
** ''Jeopardy! Junior Edition''
** ''Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary Edition''
* ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini''
* ''John Elway's Quarterback'' (NES version)
* ''Ken Griffey, Jr.'s Winning Run''
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''
** ''Killer Instinct''
** ''Killer Instinct 2''
** ''Killer Instinct Gold''
* ''VideoGame/MarbleMadness'' (NES version)
* ''Mickey's Racing Adventure'' (GBC LicensedGame)
** ''VideoGame/MickeysSpeedwayUSA'' (N64[=/=]GBC LicensedGame)
* ''Monster Max''
* ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}'' (NES version)
* ''[[VideoGame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES A Nightmare on Elm Street]]'' (NES LicensedGame)
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''
* ''Pinbot''
* ''VideoGame/RCProAm''
** ''Super R.C. Pro-Am''
** ''R.C. Pro-Am II''
** ''Championship Pro-Am''
* ''Series/SesameStreet: 123'' (NES LicensedGame)
** ''Sesame Street: ABC''
** ''Sesame Street: ABC & 123''
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'' (NES version)
* ''Silent Service'' (NES version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Slalom}}''
* ''VideoGame/SnakeRattleAndRoll''
** ''Sneaky Snakes''
* ''VideoGame/SolarJetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship''
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''
* ''Super Glove Ball''
* ''VideoGame/TabooTheSixthSense''
* ''VideoGame/TimeLord''
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' (NES LicensedGame)
** ''Wheel of Fortune: Junior Edition''
** ''Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition''
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (NES LicensedGame)
* ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''
** ''Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II''
** ''Wizards & Warriors X: The Fortress of Fear''
** ''Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power''
* ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] [=WrestleMania=]'' (NES LicensedGame)
** ''WWF [=WrestleMania=] Challenge''
** ''WWF Superstars''
* ''World Games'' (NES version)
** ''California Games'' (NES version)
* ''X The Ball''

!!Games developed by Rare, a subsidiary of Microsoft:
* ''Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge''
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooieNutsAndBolts''
* ''Banjo-Pilot''
* ''Conker: Live and Reloaded''
* ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies''
* ''[[VideoGame/ItsMrPants It's Mr. Pants]]''
* ''Jetpac Refuelled''
* ''VideoGame/KameoElementsOfPower''
* ''VideoGame/KinectSports''
** ''Kinect Sports: Season Two''
** ''Kinect Sports Rivals''
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDarkZero''
* ''VideoGame/SeaOfThieves''
* ''VideoGame/VivaPinata''
** ''Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise''
** ''Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise''

!!Tropes associated with Rare:
* AuthorAppeal: FunnyAnimal, DemBones, CoolCars, BalefulPolymorph, and SphereEyes. Female characters are also prone to HartmanHips, {{Animesque}}, and YouGottaHaveBlueHair.
* CompilationRerelease: ''Rare Replay'' for the Xbox One was a release of thirty titles they were well known for. For Liscensing reasonings, this naturally excluded their [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey]] [[VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing Kong]] [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 games]] or Goldeneye.
* CreatorThumbprint: Keys. ''Enormous'' keys, bigger and heavier than the characters, the most famous being the infamous ice key from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''/''Banjo-Tooie''. Both ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' feature gigantic gold keys as {{plot coupon}}s; finding or using a key is always a momentous occasion. ''VideoGame/AticAtac'' was all about finding the four small(ish - they're the same size as a wrench) keys that unlocked the [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience doors]] to find the ACG Master Key, a gold key ''that took up your entire inventory''.
* FriendlyRivalry: In their golden age the teams within Rare were closed off from each other and according to Chris Seavor in his director's commentary for ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' would constantly be trying to out do one another when working on their projects.
* FunnyAnimal: Often sporting {{Heroic Build}}s (the Battletoads, their take on Donkey Kong, Kremlings, etc.).
* GottaCatchThemAll: The trend started in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series, where progressively more and more items were needed to attain OneHundredPercentCompletion. Later, ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', while a great game, had a rather large number of collectibles. Finally, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' took things UpToEleven.
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie''. The tradition is carried on into ''Nuts 'N Bolts'' as well.
%%* LiveItem: ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''
%%* NoFourthWall: ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'', ''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts'' and ''Conker's Bad Fur Day''
%%* SelfDeprecation
%%SubvertedKidsShow: Blatantly in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', more subtly in ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie''.
%%* UrbanLegendOfZelda: ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''.
%%* VariableMix: The ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' series in particular popularized it
%%* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' and ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini''