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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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Career * 2 Works * 3 References * 4 External links

CAREER

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 Amiga
Amiga
games and was involved in many projects, including Virus , Conqueror , Campaign , Birds of Prey, Dino Dini's Goal and Frontier: Elite II . He also contributed to the MS-DOS version of Elite Plus .

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 Atari
Atari
in the development of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 . In November 2005, Sawyer sued Atari, claiming that they had failed to pay him certain royalties. Sawyer and Atari settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in February 2008.

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.

WORKS

TITLE YEAR PUBLISHER NOTES

Virus 000000001988-01-01-00001988 Firebird Software

Revenge of Defender 000000001989-01-01-00001989 Epyx
Epyx

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

Frontier: Elite II 000000001993-01-01-00001993 GameTek , Konami

Transport Tycoon 000000001994-01-01-00001994 MicroProse

Dino Dini\'s Soccer 000000001994-01-01-00001994 Virgin Interactive

Transport Tycoon World Editor 000000001995-01-01-00001995 MicroProse

Transport Tycoon Deluxe 000000001995-01-01-00001995 MicroProse

Frontier: First Encounters 000000001995-01-01-00001995 GameTek

RollerCoaster Tycoon 000000001999-01-01-00001999 Hasbro Interactive

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

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 000000002004-01-01-00002004 Atari
Atari
Consultant

Chris Sawyer\'s Locomotion 000000002004-01-01-00002004 Atari
Atari

Transport Tycoon 000000002013-01-01-00002013 31X

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic 000000002016-01-01-00002016 Atari
Atari

REFERENCES

* ^ "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 Atari
Atari
Over Roller Coaster Tycoon Royalties" from Gamasutra (8 November 2005) * ^ "Sawyer settles Atari
Atari
suit" from Develop (magazine) (5 February 2008) * ^ Chris Sawyer Software Development Frequently Asked Questions * ^ A B 31X - About * ^ A B Yin-Poole, Wesley (3 March 2016). "A big interview with Chris Sawyer, the creator of RollerCoaster Tycoon". Retrieved 3 April 2016. * ^ Zarrouk, Alexander (15 July 2016). " Chris Sawyer Interview anlässlich der Eröffnung von Klugheim im Phanatasialand - TALK ABOUT GAMES" (in German). Retrieved 24 July 2016. * ^ Souppouris, Aaron (22 December 2016). "Classic \'RollerCoaster Tycoon\' comes to iOS and Android". Engadget. Retrieved 22 December 2016. * ^ Sarkar, Samit (22 December 2016). "First two RollerCoaster Tycoon games arrive on Android, iOS". Polygon. Retrieved 22 December 2016. * ^ " Chris Sawyer Software Development". www.chrissawyergames.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.