The famous C64 loader routines, huge TV and Movie licensed games, talented coders, artists and musicians producing hit after hit (well, apart from a few duds) Ocean Software had them all and was a trusted brand that kept many a happy gamer in the days of 8 and 16-bit computers….and broken joysticks – Daley Thompson’s Decathlon and Combat School.
As I was up in Manchester yesterday, and especially as I was attending a retro gaming event, it seemed only too fitting to seek out Ocean’s old headquarter’s building and give them a wave.
Armed with the latest and greatest in mapping technology (because without it, I’d probably have ended up somewhere near a real Ocean) it didn’t take me long to find no.6 Central Street.
Like all good things, it had to end one day and sadly Ocean is no more. It was brought by Infogrames in 1996, rebranded and trashed.
As I listened to a playback of Jonathan Dunns Robocop SID track on my iPhone/SID player, I took a moment to think about all those great games – The early titles such as Hunchback, Transformers & Rambo, the big hit movie releases like Robocop, Batman and The Untouchables, the arcade conversions like Chase HQ, Pang and Operation Wolf and the unique titles like Head over Heals, F-29 Retaliator and Lost Patrol….and trying to forget Dennis the Menace, Cool World and Short Circuit.
I has my iPad with me to I sat on the steps having a look through some old YouTube videos of Ocean software interviews and game footage whenI came across this picture showing some of the staff outside this very same building in 1987. An idea formed!
Ocean Software HQ 1987 – 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting a few of Ocean’s finest at R3play in 2010 <see previous blog post https://stiggyblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/classic-gaming-event-r3play/>
One of the many interviews filmed at R3play 2010.
However unlikely it is, wouldn’t it be great to see them back again. I miss that logo 😦