Jon Hare joins Jagex

Famed Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder designer to work on developing Jagex’s FunOrb.com.

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Gamers who grew up in the '90s will no doubt remember Sensible Soccer, the famed 2D football game complete with a zoomed-out bird's-eye view released on the Amiga. The title is so influential it is considered a "cultural artefact" and one of the 10 most important video games of all time.

This was once the pinnacle of video game football.

The game was rereleased on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2008, and though it doesn't look like much by today's standards, the designer and creative director for the game, Jon Hare, described it as "like an ugly girl that makes up for it by trying harder in bed."

Now, the legendary designer has been snapped up by Jagex Games Studio, which claims to be the UK's largest independent games developer and publisher. Hare will be taking on the role of head of publishing and will work on developing Jagex's FunOrb.com, a site filled with free-to-play browser-based games "targeted at time-pressed gamers."

As well as Sensible Soccer, Hare was lead designer on Cannon Fodder, the 2D squad-based wargame where troops were often led to a bloody death to become the titular Cannon Fodder. Hare also wrote much of the music for Sensible Software's games, including the Cannon Fodder theme "War Has Never Been So Much Fun."

Discussion

9 comments
flyingteddy
flyingteddy

jon hare legend, i wish he could get a chance to make full games and not just web based ones. sensi make some of the best games on the amiga and fond memories from my childhood.

tig1979
tig1979

Sensi and Cannonf Fodder, awesome games! If sensi soccer was one of the top 10 most important games of all time, surely Cannon Fodder should be in there too?!

Dr_Bob_UK
Dr_Bob_UK

jaGex r da BEST!1 runEcsdape................... BEST GAEM EVER!!!!!!!!

Irve
Irve

yes we need Cannon fodder on XBLA

lotr15
lotr15

Sweet... Although I've never heard of this guy, I play Funorb from time to time!

Sprunk_G
Sprunk_G

"like an ugly girl that makes up for it by trying harder in bed." Priceless

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staffmoderatorstaff

I wonder does that mean no more Sensible Software remakes coming from Codemasters. When SWOS was released on XBLA, Hare mentioned another project was on the way. I pray thats Cannon Fodder and I pray Codies are still working on it.