Random: A Look Into The Birthplace Of Banjo-Kazooie Developer Rare Ltd

Or ‘Ultimate Play the Game’, as it used to be known.

As that weird android from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus once said: “big things come from small beginnings”. Or was that Lawrence of Arabia..? Anyway… It’s a quote that can be attributed to the creation of many of our favourite game developers, but is perhaps most valid when describing the early days of Rare Ltd.

Of course, we don’t need to tell you that Rare is most famous for its lucrative partnership with Nintendo, during which it bashed out a number of stone cold classics including Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and Perfect Dark among others. Before the glory days, however, founders Tim and Chris Stamper helmed the short-lived production studio ‘Ultimate Play the Game’, based in the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the United Kingdom.

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