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Alternative Software was a UK based software publisher, founded in 1986 by former Alligata employee Dave Palmer. They published games during the late 80s and onwards, for Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, and Atari ST.


First established in 1985, Alternative Software is now celebrating its 28th Anniversary and is considered one of the major companies in the UK computer industry. The company already has over 300 titles to its name and is still a growing global success.

Alternative Software originally created games for the then major computer platforms; Atari, Spectrum, Commodore and Amstrad in the mid to late 80’s, with titles including Soccer Boss, Skool Daze, and BMX Ninja. Other successful titles released included the children’s character games, Thomas The Tank Engine, Sooty and Sweep, Trapdoor, Yogi Bear, Popeye, Fireman Sam, and the best-selling award winner Postman Pat.

In the early 90’s the company introduced the Premier Sports range. Alternative Software was the first company to produce games of this type and the Premier range soon grew to be the No.1 product in official football club software, covering nearly all the Premiership teams. Tracksuit Manager was deemed to be the best football management game of its time.

During the late 90’s, Alternative Software decided to progress into software production instead of focusing purely on video games. The company began to produce paint studios and these then developed further into print studios, activity studios and creative studios.

The success of these studios led to Alternative Software obtaining licenses with major film companies. Through these licenses they gained the rights to produce software for big films such as the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Wallace & Gromit, and Transformers, which were hugely successful.

The company has also returned to original territory and released several "Top Forty" video games on Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Sony PSP as well as on PC. In association with Australian company, HES (Home Entertainment Supplies) Alternative has recently launched Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge, Rugby League Live 2 and most recently Rugby Challenge 2 Lions Tour Edition to tremendous consumer and critical reception.

Source: The Developer Website.

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