Codemasters' logo circa 1986-1991.
Origin Warwickshire, UK
Years 1986-present
Consoles (unlicensed only): NES; Game Genies for Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy and Game Gear
Sounds used Codemasters/Gavin Raeburn (NES Games)
Published games by Camerica, BIC/Realtec, Galoob (Game Genie), Codemasters

Codemasters is a British game developer and publisher founded in 1986. The company has developed for most mainstream game consoles and home computers since its foundation, from the ZX Spectrum onwards. They were later known and acclaimed for their racing game franchises, namely F1, GRID and the Colin McRae/DiRT series.

Codemasters is also notable for having produced a number of unlicensed NES games in the early 1990s, several of which would later be officially ported to Sega systems, as well as the Game Genie series of cheat cartridges (which were unlicensed on Nintendo systems but licensed for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis). Their games were released in the US by Camerica, in Europe by Codemasters themselves, and in 60-pin format in various regions by BIC/Realtec, who also produced a 60-pin version of the NES Game Genie.

Unlicensed NES Games Edit

Name Released Description Cartridge No.
Baseball Pro's 1992
Bee 52 1992 Half of the work put into publishing it, they mostly developed it.
Big Nose Freaks Out 1992
Big Nose the Caveman 1991
BMX Simulator 1992
Boomerang Kid 1991
Dizzy the Adventurer 1993
Dreamworld Pogie Unreleased
F-16 Renegade
Firehawk 1991
Go! Dizzy Go!
Linus Spacehead's Cosmic Crusade 1992
Micro Machines 1991
MiG 29: Soviet Fighter 1992
Pro Tennis 1992
Soccer Simulator 1992
Stunt Buggies
Stunt Kids 1992
Super Robin Hood 1991
The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy 1993
Treasure Island Dizzy 1991
Ultimate Stuntman 1990

Trivia Edit

  • A BIC-XX ID number is also present on most 72-pin Codemasters game PCBs [1] which suggests BIC may have been the manufacturer of all of Codemasters' carts, not just the 60-pin versions.

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