A rather lovely looking hardback book documenting Sensible Software, one of the industry’s early pioneers, has reached its Kickstarter funding goal and will now become a reality.
Sensible Software 1986-1999 will tell the story of Sensible through interviews and anecdotes from those who were there – including co-founder Jon Hare and the Sensible team. It will also feature interviews with leading figures from the industry including Peter Molyneux, Codemasters’ co-founder David Darling, Bitmap Brother’s co-founder Mike Montgomery, ex-Gamesmaster presenter Dominik Diamond and many, many others.
The book aims to combine art book production values with the very best in games journalism. The written portion will chronicle the rise of Sensible – from its C64 beginnings making games such as Parallax, Microprose Soccer and Wizball, to its million-copy-selling 16-bit heyday in the early ’90s with titles like Cannon Fodder, Mega Lo Mania and of course Sensible Soccer.
It’s not just words as you can see in some of the image mock-ups below, the book will also feature an exhaustive visual tour of all things Sensible: title screens, sprites, game maps, typefaces and box art. There’ll also be plenty of never-before-seen archival material including hand-drawn maps, characters and menus.
For those that missed out on backing the Kickstarter project, the biographical art book will be available on the publisher’s website although for now that just redirects to the project’s Kickstarter page.