About Sam A brief biography of Sam Twidale.

I’m a software engineer and game developer.

Here is the one minute biography.


As a child I played games like Mario, Castlevania and Contra on a NES. By 11 I was discovering titles like Doom, Might and Magic, Wizardry on PC. I frazzled people with fire blast in RuneScape and started to learn the names of game developers.


At 15 I started using Cooperative Linux, saw the work that went into open source software and began to learn about programming.


At 18 I began studying software engineering at the University of York. Through university I met Eric Westbrook, a crossword setter. Collaborating with him, I made an accessible crossword program to enable blind and partially sighted people to solve 3D crossword puzzles.


Whilst playing a one-switch indie game called Wizard Battle, I decided to also make a game like it, and a few months later I released my first game – Wizard Conflict.


After graduating, I moved to the Isle of Wight and worked at Stainless Games, maintaining the mobile ports of the classic Carmageddon games.


I’m currently based in Hull where I spend my free time developing open source apps like Geometrize, and indie games like Werewolf Tycoon. In my day job I develop medical training and simulation software for cancer treatment.

1993   Acquired NES
2000   Acquired Internet
2006   Started Using Linux
2011   First Game Released!
2013   Stainless
2015   Independent Development
2016   Vertual