CHRIS SAWYER is a Scottish video game designer and programmer who is best known for creating the Transport Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is also the founder of 31X , a mobile game development company.
* 1 Career * 2 Works * 3 References * 4 External links
Sawyer first entered the games industry in 1983, writing games in Z80 machine code on the Memotech MTX home computer, and then the Amstrad CPC series home computer. Some of these were published by Ariolasoft , Sepulcri Scelerati and Ziggurat.
From 1988 to 1993, Sawyer worked on
MS-DOS conversions of
Sawyer's first management simulation game, Transport Tycoon , was released by MicroProse in 1994 and became a classic of the tycoon series of games . A year later, he improved and extended the game, giving it the title Transport Tycoon Deluxe . Sawyer immediately sought to create a sequel. However, while still working on the basic game engine , Sawyer developed an interest in roller coasters , and changed the project into what would become RollerCoaster Tycoon , originally called White Knuckle before release. After creating RollerCoaster Tycoon, he resumed work on the sequel for Transport Tycoon, but again postponed it to create RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 . Upon completing that project, he resumed his work on the Transport Tycoon sequel, finally releasing it in 2004 as Chris Sawyer\'s Locomotion .
Sawyer also served as a consultant for
Sawyer wrote most of his games in x86 assembly language , using only the services of freelance graphics designer Simon Foster and composer Allister Brimble as needed.
In 2010, Sawyer founded 31X, a video game developer focused on mobile games . He created the company specifically to develop Transport Tycoon for iOS and Android . Jacqui Lyons serves as the company's executive producer .
On March 2016, Sawyer announced that he was working to port RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 to mobile platforms, also stating that the game would be written in C . The port, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic , was developed with the help of Origin8 Technologies, and was released for iOS and Android devices in December 2016, containing combined features from the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon games.
Sawyer has a degree in Computer Science and Microprocessor Systems.
TITLE YEAR PUBLISHER NOTES
Virus 000000001988-01-01-00001988 Firebird Software
Revenge of Defender
Xenomorph 000000001990-01-01-00001990 Pandora
Conqueror 000000001990-01-01-00001990 Rainbow Arts Software GmbH
Elite Plus 000000001991-01-01-00001991 Microplay Software
Campaign 000000001992-01-01-00001992 Empire Interactive
Birds of Prey 000000001992-01-01-00001992 Electronic Arts
Goal! 000000001993-01-01-00001993 Virgin Games
Dino Dini\'s Soccer 000000001994-01-01-00001994 Virgin Interactive
Frontier: First Encounters 000000001995-01-01-00001995 GameTek
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Corkscrew Follies 000000001999-01-01-00001999 Hasbro Interactive
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes 000000002000-01-01-00002000 Hasbro Interactive
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 000000002002-01-01-00002002 Infogrames
Chris Sawyer\'s Locomotion
Transport Tycoon 000000002013-01-01-00002013 31X
* ^ "10 things you (probably) never knew about Chris Sawyer\'s
Tycoon games..." from
Chris Sawyer Software Development website
Chris Sawyer (2004). "Chris Sawyer\'s Locomotion Manual". Atari
* ^ "Sawyer Sues