Denton Designs

Denton Designs were a British video game developer based in Liverpool. The company was founded in 1984 and initially specialised in developing software for the ZX Spectrum home computer. Amongst the founders were developers who had worked on the unfinished "Mega game" Bandersnatch for Imagine Software.

Denton Designs
IndustryVideo games
FateTakeover by Rage Software
PredecessorImagine Software
FoundedSeptember 1984; 35 years ago (1984-09)
  • Steve Cain
  • Ian Weatherburn
  • Ally Noble
  • John Gibson
  • Karen Davies
  • Graham Everett
[nb 1]
Key people
Steve Cain (Art designer),
Graham Everett (Software developer),
Karen Davies (Art designer),
Ally Noble (Art designer),
John Gibson (Gameplay programmer)
ProductsFrankie Goes to Hollywood
The Great Escape
Where Time Stood Still


Denton Designs were founded in September 1984 by six former Imagine staff - Steve Cain, Ian Weatherburn, Ally Noble, John Gibson, Karen Davies and Graham "Kenny" Everett.[1][2]

When Denton Designs were contracted to develop Shadowfire, Ian Weatherburn became disillusioned with the fact that the company was no longer operating as it had when they had been part of Imagine, and on issuing an ultimatum was sacked by the rest of the directors. He subsequently joined Ocean.[2]

In March 1986, the company split, with founders Cain, Davies, Everett and Gibson leaving. Of the original founders, only Ally Noble remained.[3]

In December 1995, Denton Designs were acquired by Rage Software.[4]

  1. ^ Graham's surname is spelled differently in various magazine interviews, including "Everritt", "Everrett" "Everitt" and "Everett".

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
1984 Gift from the Gods ZX Spectrum Ocean
1985 Bounces Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Beyond Software
Cosmic Wartoad ZX Spectrum Ocean
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Roland's Rat Race Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Shadowfire Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Beyond Software
Sorderon's Shadow: The Legend of Elindor ZX Spectrum
1986 Dante's Inferno Commodore 64
Enigma Force Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
The Great Escape Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum Ocean
Infodroid Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 Beyond Software
The Transformers Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean
1987 Double Take
Eco Amiga, Atari ST
Flashpoint Thomson computers, ZX Spectrum
Madballs Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Where Time Stood Still Atari ST, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum
1988 Foxx Fights Back Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Image Works
Troll Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Kixx
1989 Eye of Horus Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS Logotron
1991 World Class Rugby Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Audiogenic
Wreckers Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS
1992 World Class Rugby: Five Nations Edition
1993 Batman Returns Amiga Konami
Krusty's Fun House Game Boy, MS-DOS Virgin Interactive
1994 Soccer Game Boy Rage Software
Wembley Rugby League Amiga, MS-DOS Audiogenic


  1. ^ "Denton Designs". Crash. Newsfield Publications. June 1985. p. 30. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bourne, Chris (July 1985). "Spirit of Imagine". Sinclair User. EMAP. p. 58. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ "News: Denton Design Splits". Sinclair User. EMAP. March 1986. p. 8. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  4. ^ "RAGE SOFTWARE ACQUIRES DENTON DESIGNS". Telecom Paper. 5 December 1995. Retrieved 27 July 2011.