INDIE SPOTLIGHT

Meet the master of wacky sports games

Colin Lane is the sports game creator who’s not really into sport. His thing is to distil these serious pursuits down into simple, slapstick arcade games. And they’re hilarious.

Basketball, American football, boxing, golf – it doesn’t matter, Lane can turn any sport into a strange, unputdownable curio. “I never planned to focus specifically on wacky sports games,” Lane tells us. “But it turns out that making them is a lot of fun, so I embrace it now.”

Lane has also already released four different golf games in his fledgling career, despite not actually liking the sport. “I blame my dad for that,” Lane tells us. “Endless hours of golf on the TV wore me down…”

One man. Four golf games. Zero interest in golf. Clockwise from top left: Golf Zero, Battle Golf Online, Battle Golf and Golf is Hard.

So how does an aspiring creator with no formal training turn into the king of oddball sports games? After seeking advice from game developers on Twitter, Lane downloaded some game creation software and just started making something.

In under a year, he’d released Wheelie Legend, just as he started a game design course to formalise his skills. He’s a quick worker: by the time Lane had graduated two years later, he had released four more games, including his breakout hit, Wrassling.

Wrassling was Colin Lane's first hit – a retro Royal Rumble game that's strangely moreish.

Created with pixel artist Folmer Kelly, Wrassling cannot fail to elicit a smile – it’s a riot of flailing limbs rendered in chunky Atari-era visuals.

“We were concerned it may be a bit too weird to capture a wider audience,” says Lane. “The response to Wrassling was amazing, there was a steady flow of five-star reviews, fan emails and people reaching out on Twitter to say how much they enjoyed it.”

Lane has released 12 weird and wonderful games since 2014.

Just after graduation, Lane landed a job at app developer Toca Boca, but continued to make his own games; they proved to be so popular that in December 2016 he was able to quit his job and go full-time indie.

He’s been even more prolific since then, releasing his best work in Golf Zero, Touchdowners, Battle Golf Online, Dunkers 2 and Big Shot Boxing in the last year.

After Big Shot Boxing, Lane is not slowing down. He's working on another golf game, naturally.

So what’s next? More sports? “I’m not done with golf yet, I still have a couple of concepts I want to explore,” adds Lane. “I do want to try something away from sports as well – I really want to try a local multiplayer game.”

We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Colin Lane’s bevvy of bizarre arcade games will put a huge smile on your face – whether you like sports or not.

Try a little wackiness

    Dunkers 2

    Physics Basketball Mayhem

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    Touchdowners

    American Football Madness

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    Wrassling

    Wacky Physics Wrestling

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    Golf Zero

    Crazy Platforming Golf

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    Big Shot Boxing

    Can you become the greatest?

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    Wheelie Legend

    Wheelie that Bike!

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    Wheelie 2

    Games

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    Battle Golf

    Head to Head Golf Battle!

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    Battle Golf Online

    Golf Multiplayer Madness

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    Golf is Hard

    Just close your eyes and swing

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