Krisalis Software

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Krisalis Software
Founded: 1987-07-23 (as Teque Software Development Ltd.)
Defunct: 2011-11-30
Teque House, Masons Yard, Downs Row, Moorgate, Rotherham, S60 2HD, United Kingdom[1]

Krisalis Software Limited (spelt sometimes as Krysalis) was a video game developer founded by Tony Kavanagh, Peter Harap, and Shaun Hollingworth in 1987 under the name Teque Software Development Ltd. as a subsidiary label (beginning in 1988) programming conversions (ports) of arcade titles for other companies for 8 and 16 bit platforms. Originally, the name was intended to be Chrysalis Software Ltd., but a dispute with record company Chrysalis Records resulted in a minor spell change.

Teque had a sister studio called Teque London. The two companies worked independently, but also collaborated on projects until about 1991, when Teque London split off to continue on its own. After the split the company dropped the name Teque and continued as Krisalis Software.

Krisalis Software worked on over 60 different computer and console games before permanently closing in 30 November 2001. Along with developing games and conversions themselves, they also provided sound development support for consoles like the Master System, the Game Gear, and the Mega Drive through a proprietary Krisalis sound engine created by Shaun Hollingworth and handled by composer Matt Furniss.


Master System

Mega Drive

Game Gear





Amstrad CPC

Atari ST

Commodore 64


ZX Spectrum

Games using Krisalis' sound driver

Mega Drive



  1. (Wayback Machine: 1997-10-10 20:58)