Veteran UK developer The Code Monkeys closed down

Monday, 14th February 2011 21:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

After 23 years in business, Yorkshire studio The Code Monkeys has called it quits.

A post on the company’s website announced the sad news.

“In the Company’s 23rd birthday (1st February 2011), the Directors/Shareholders of The Code Monkeys voted to cease trading. It would’ve been nice to make the quarter century, but alas…”

The post lists an impressive roll call of local development talent, as well as thanking an amazingly broad range of publishers the team worked with over the years, including Apple, Disney, Konami, Nintendo, Rockstar, and Ubisoft.

The Code Monkeys has focussed almost exclusively on iDevice development in recent years, with occasional forays into downloadable titles for Wii, PSP and PlayStation 3, but its history began in 1988 with the pre-Spectrum ZX81.

Practically every platform in between was graced by the independent developer’s output.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. Hunam

    I vote to remove the Great from Great Briton.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Britain even. typo faillols

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Stardog

    Their games look like money-grabs, so good riddance.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Mr-Brett

    @3 Don’t so ignorant, it’s not an easy industry to launch new IPs. Plus what games they make is decided by the higher ups, so saying good riddance to the whole studio is fucking stupid and offensive.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Wow, I had no idea they were even still going. A shame they couldn’t make their quarter-century, but an amazing achievement to make it this long.

    I doubt they were doing ZX81 games in 1988 though, Brenna! The 81 was practically dead by 1983 once the Spectrum bedded in.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Ah, I see – the founders earliest games were on ZX81, long before they created the company. That makes more sense.

    #6 4 years ago

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