Rare Ltd., 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 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 {{Spider-Man}}'' (GameBoy LicensedGame)
* ''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''
** ''Super Battletoads''
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' (NES[=/=]GameBoy LicensedGame)
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}'' (NES version)
* ''Captain Skyhawk''
* ''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)
* ''Slalom''
* ''VideoGame/SnakeRattleAndRoll''
** ''Sneaky Snakes''
* ''VideoGame/SolarJetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship''
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''
* ''Super Glove Ball''
* ''Taboo: The Sixth Sense''
* ''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''.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Even former employees agree that Microsoft's micro-management of the company has hurt their business. To contrast, Rare made tons of games under Nintendo, yet it has probably only made about ten or fewer games for the entirety of their Microsoft ownership. Prior to ''Kinect Sports'' and the restructuring, Rare made just as many games for Nintendo's portable consoles as it did for Microsoft's home consoles.
** ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' was originally going to be Rare's original IP called Dinosaur Planet, and for the N64. However, early in development, Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto saw the notes, noticed the main character looked similar to [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], and convinced them to make it a ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game for the Gamecube instead. This would be the last game they made before leaving Nintendo.
* 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.).
* FollowTheLeader: It cannot be denied that Rare had a tendency to play to the trends, exploring the same genres and tropes as other games, usually from Nintendo, that had recently been successful. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' followed ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' followed ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''. ''DiddyKongRacing'' followed ''VideoGame/MarioKart''. ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' followed ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. This was evident even before ''Donkey Kong Country'' as ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' followed the ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' craze. While they have been making an effort to avoid this during their Microsoft years, the Xbox Live Avatars blatantly imitate [[{{Wii}} Miis]].
* 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''
* PromotedFanboy: In the UsefulNotes/{{E3}} 2016 gameplay trailer for ''VideoGame/SeaOfThieves'', two of the members of crew 3 are Chad [=McCanna=] and Hyle Russell, diehard Rare fans who are best known for ''Series/ElvisAndSlickMonty'' and ''Website/DKVine''.
%%* 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''