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Game company profile: Incentive Software

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.

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Incentive Software

Games by Incentive Software

A chronological list of games published or developed by Incentive Software from 1987 to 1992 on Abandonware DOS for DOS, Windows, Linux or Mac.
  • driller
    1987DOSaction-adventure first-person action-adventure

    Driller (also known as Space Station Oblivion) is an abandoned action-adventure game developed by Incentive and released by Epyx in 1987 based on the Freescape Engine. In Driller, you control an excavation probe in a real 3d environment, through a first person view. The goal of the game is to place a drilling rig in each of the 8 regions of the moon Mitral.

  • dark-side
    1988DOSaction-adventure first-person action-adventure
  • total-eclipse
    1988DOSaction-adventure first-person action-adventure
  • castle-master-2
    1990DOSaction-adventure first-person action-adventure
  • castle-master
    1990DOSaction-adventure first-person action-adventure
  • virtual-reality-studio
    1991DOSapplication gaming
  • virtual-reality-studio-2-0
    1992DOSapplication gaming