About us

Retro Games

Retro Games Ltd is made up of people with a combined games industry experience of over 100 years, having successfully produced and released many games across many formats, such the C64, Spectrum, GBA, Wii and more. Members of the team also successfully bought to market the C64DTV direct to TV C64 games console, and Nintendo Wii Virtual Console C64 games.

Based in the UK, Retro Games operate on a global scale, the main people heading up Retro Games are:

  • Darren Melbourne – Co-creator of the C64DTV direct to TV C64 games console and has held senior positions in many game development and publishing companies such as Square Enix. Darren has extensive knowledge of game licensing and production.
  • Paul Andrews – Co-Creator of several games-based consoles. His previous companies were was responsible for many PC-based retro games and the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console C64 games. Paul has extensive experience in digital content publishing and management across multiple formats.
  • Chris Smith – Co-creator of several games-based consoles. Chris’s design, creative and engineering skills power much of what we do. An experienced engineer, technical architect, developer and author, he wrote world’s best book on “How to design a microcomputer”.

Behind the scenes there are many others working with us, from artists to coders, from animators to producers.


Our global distribution partner.

PLAION is a leading independent developer and producer of games and entertainment products, with nine development studios and five publishing units based all over the world. Founded in 1994 as Koch Media, PLAION offers a unique breadth of services and solutions, dynamically growing its business to push ourselves and our partners to the forefront in all the segments we operate in.

PLAION runs a multi-label strategy, with fully owned publishing units, such as Deep Silver, Prime Matter, Milestone, Vertigo Games and Ravenscourt, publishing games for consoles, PC and VR platforms across all physical and digital channels.

Additionally - as a global publishing partner - PLAION has formed long-term multinational publishing collaborations with numerous game publishers including Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Capcom, Focus Multimedia, Giants Software, Koei Tecmo, Paradox, Sega, SNK, Square Enix, Techland, THQ Nordic, Tripwire, Warner Bros and many others.

With its parent company in Höfen, Austria - and the HQ in Munich, Germany - PLAION owns local publishing companies in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, the United States as well as Japan and Hong Kong.

PLAION is an Embracer Group company.