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Creator: Rare

They were like The Beatles of Video Games. They could take on seemingly any genre of gaming and set the bar while they were at it.
JonTron on (pre-fall) Rare

Rare Ltd., is a Twycross-based (though they started in Ashby-de-la-Zouch) video game development company founded by Chris and Tim Stamper in 1982. They're famous for their pioneering of sophisticated technology to make video games, the sheer amount of crap they get past the radar, 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 ZX Spectrum, for which they attained most of their early fame (as "Ultimate Play the Game"), and then for Nintendo, for which they earned their second wave of fame, but have since moved on to working under Microsoft.

In The Nineties, Rare enjoyed an extraordinary popularity after forging a partnership with Nintendo, during which they made the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country trilogy and a number of other hit releases such as GoldenEye and Banjo-Kazooie, lauded as masterpieces in their time. Near the Turn of the Millennium, however, they left Nintendo for Microsoft and their popularity declined drastically; most of their releases disappointed former fans and generally failed to attract new ones. Currently, although they still have admirers (the large majority being fans of the titles they made under Nintendo), their games have a tendency to pop up on "most overrated" lists and are frequently badmouthed by the gaming press.

Games developed/published by Ashby Computers and Graphics/Ultimate Play the Game:

  • Jetpac
    • Lunar Jetman
  • Atic Atac
  • Tranz Am
  • Cookie
  • The Sabreman series
  • Alien 8
  • Nightshade
  • Cyberun
  • Gunfright
  • Martianoids
  • Bubbler
  • The Staff of Karnath
    • Entombed
    • Blackwyche
    • Dragonskulle
  • Outlaws
  • Imhotep

Games developed/published by Rare (1985-2003):

Games developed by Rare, a subsidiary of Microsoft:

Tropes associated with Rare:

Donkey Kong CountryFranchise/Donkey KongDonkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Radical EntertainmentVideo Game CompaniesReady At Dawn Studios

alternative title(s): Rare
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