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Founded 1984
Headquarters England
Other Names Hewson Consultants
21st Century Entertainment
Tarantula Studios
Rockstar Lincoln

Spidersoft was a British game developer that usually produced movie-based video games. It was founded in 1984 as Hewson Consultants by Andrew Hewson. Hewson initially done computer games, and it was renamed in 1991 as 21st Century Entertainment. On May 5, 1992, Spidersoft was established by two programmers with backing from Hewson's 21st Century, in which both Spidersoft and the parent company merged in 1995, before 21st Century went defunct in 1998. Spidersoft served as assistant programmer and graphics on Xenon 2: Megablast (GB) and programmed Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe (GB) for Mindscape, before developing its own original content. The company was involved in developing Joe and Mac (GB). It was sold to Take-Two Interactive in 1998. When developing games, most of them has no credits, probably because of staff poaching.


Music Development


The only game Spidersoft developed is Cliffhanger (NES). Mark Cooksey wrote MIDI files in Notator that was converted to his sound driver.


The first game Spidersoft developed is Speedball 2. An unknown composer, probably David Whittaker, wrote the music in assembly. After that Martin Walker had to make its own sound driver. Some of the titles were composed by Mark Cooksey, this means they have to use their sound driver.

Audio Personnel