Incentive Software was a British video game development company that was active during the 1980s and 1990s. Founded by Ian Andrew and Stephen Northcott in 1983, Incentive Software gained recognition for its innovative and genre-defining games, particularly in the early days of the home computer gaming industry.
Incentive Software is perhaps best known for its groundbreaking 3D games, which pushed the boundaries of what was possible on the hardware of the time. In 1987, they released "Driller" for various platforms, including DOS. "Driller" was a first-person perspective game set in an underground complex, featuring exploration, puzzle-solving, and a futuristic storyline. It was one of the earliest examples of a 3D first-person game and had a significant influence on the genre.
Following the success of "Driller" Incentive Software released several sequels and spin-offs, including "Dark Side" (1988) and "Total Eclipse" (1988), both of which further expanded on the first-person perspective gameplay and continued to impress players with their technological achievements.
Unfortunately, Incentive Software faced financial difficulties in the early 1990s, leading to the closure of the company in 1993. However, the impact of their innovative games and contributions to the gaming industry continues to be recognized and appreciated by retro gaming enthusiasts.