Creator: Silverball Studios
aka: Cunning Developments
Cunning Developments logoSilverball Studios
(previously Cunning Developments, then Fuse Games) was a UK Video Game
company best known for their various digital pinball games.
As Cunning Developments
, the company received critical acclaim for their Pro Pinball
line of digital pinball games for the IBM Personal Computer
. Whereas earlier computer pinball games used a scrolling top-down playfield, the Pro Pinball
titles used pre-rendered views of modelled pinball tables, providing photorealistic graphics, fast action, and complex rulesets that rivaled the Real Life Pinball
games of the time. After developing four Pro Pinball
games, the company tried to branch into console gaming with Endgame
for the PlayStation 2
, which was quickly ignored.
Out of the ashes of Cunning Developments came Fuse Games
founded by Pro Pinball
developers Adrian Barritt and Richard Horrocks. Seeking to show off their talents, they developed a prototype video pinball game with Nintendo
's famous plumber
, then pitched it to Nintendo of America in Seattle. Nintendo was sufficiently impressed to sign the company, and their demo became Mario Pinball Land
. Fuse Games went on to develop more games for Nintendo, but went into voluntary liquidation in 2009 when some of their shareholders departed.
The company reformed a month later as Silverball Studios
, serving as a developer for Barnstorm Games to create titles for a variety of platforms. In 2012, the company attempted to revive the Pro Pinball
series through Kickstarter, recruiting veteran pinball designer Pat Lawlor
to develop a new table for the series. Unfortunately, the Kickstarter project failed to reach its funding goal; the studio then went into liquidation, and has been fully absorbed by Barnstorm Games.
Games produced as Cunning Developments:
Games produced as Fuse Games:
Games produced as Silverball Studios:
- Thomas and Friends: Hero of the Rails
- Mensa Brain Test
- Frogger Pinball