Addictive Games Ltd

Founded By:Kevin Toms
Location:Milton Keynes then later at 7A Richmond Hill, Bournemouth. BH2 6HE
Year Started:1982
Year Wound Up:1987
Titles in Database:20
Rights Now With:Prism Leisure (1987-2007)
Addictive Games was formed as a company by Kevin Toms in 1982 in order to launch the Football Manager video game he had written for the ZX81 and TRS-80 computers.

In September 1982 Addictive Games launched the ZX Spectrum version of Football Manager, with added match action graphics. The addition of the graphics actions was very popular, and the game went on to be a number one best seller.

Addictive Games was originally based in Milton Keynes, England and later relocated to Bournemouth, in southern England.

Addictive Games also published games by other authors including Boffin, Kirel, and Head Coach. It also published the Silicon Joy range of games and other products.

The company was bought by Prism Leisure Corporation in 1987. While some new releases did come after this (including Hot Shot in 1988 and the later Football Manager games), this mainly meant Addictive's back catcalogue being sold at a budget price with a Prism Leisure price sticker.

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Added: 21 May 2013
The company was set up by Kevin Toms in 1982 in order to launch the Football Manager game he had written for the TRS-80 and ZX81 computers. Initially this was just by mail order from advertisements placed in computer magazines.

In September 1982 Addictive Games launched the ZX Spectrum version of Football Manager, with added match action graphics. The addition of the graphics actions was very popular, and the game went on to be a number one best seller, with the games being stocked in major retailers. The success of Football Manager allowed Toms to move the company to commercial premises in Richmond Hill in the centre of Bournemouth.

In 1984 the game was ported to the BBC Micro and Commodore 64. By 1987, Football Manager had been ported to 16 different platforms.

In 1984, Addictive used the short-lived Silicon Joy label for games by other authors, 'specially selected' by Kevin Toms, but in 1985, after Toms launched his next game Software Star, Addictive also began publishing games by other authors including Boffin by Paul Julian O'Malley and Kirel by Siegfried Kurtz. Head Coach, an American football sports strategy game written by Simon Davies was released in the summer of 1986 and reached No.3 in the W H Smith UK sales charts. Toms went on to write the political strategy game President released in 1987.

The company was bought by Prism Leisure Corporation in 1987. Prism used the Addictive name for full price game releases (including Hot Shot in 1988, The Kristal in 1989 and the later Football Manager games), as well as selling older Addictive games (particularly Football Manager) in their budget ranges and in compilations.

Added: 21 May 2013
The company was set up by Kevin Toms in 1982 in order to launch the Football Manager game he had written for the TRS-80 and ZX81 computers. Initially this was just by mail order from advertisements placed in computer magazines.

In September 1982 Addictive Games launched the ZX Spectrum version of Football Manager, with added match action graphics. The addition of the graphics actions was very popular, and the game went on to be a number one best seller, with the games being stocked in major retailers. The success of Football Manager allowed Toms to move the company to commercial premises in Richmond Hill in the centre of Bournemouth.

In 1984 the game was ported to the BBC Micro and Commodore 64. By 1987, Football Manager had been ported to 16 different platforms.

In 1984, Addictive used the short-lived Silicon Joy label for games by other authors, 'specially selected' by Kevin Toms, but in 1985, after Toms launched his next game Software Star, Addictive also began publishing games by other authors including Boffin by Paul Julian O'Malley and Kirel by Siegfried Kurtz. Head Coach, an American football sports strategy game written by Simon Davies was released in the summer of 1986 and reached No.3 in the W H Smith UK sales charts. Toms went on to write the political strategy game President released in 1987.

The company was bought by Prism Leisure Corporation in 1987. Prism used the Addictive name for full price game releases (including Hot Shot in 1988, The Kristal in 1989 and the later Football Manager games), as well as selling older Addictive games (particularly Football Manager) in their budget ranges and in compilations.


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Added: 18 Sep 2018
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Added: 15 Nov 2011
Back in 2009 we got in touch with Kevin Toms, having found his blog online.

He replied stating:
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Thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated. Yes I had a look at the site, I liked the look of it.

I did notice you had Football Manager graphics up on Football Manager 3. - I had nothing to do with Football Manager 3!

Kind regards,

Kevin Toms

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Oops, well, hopefully Kevin we've fixed FM3's graphics now! [ed]


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