This was another game derived from a sub game in The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy. It was based on the gameplay from a very unique game called Toobin.
In Dizzy Down the Rapids the player had to steer Dizzy who was riding a barrel down a treacherous river while being chased by all manner of adversaries. It looked good and was fun to play.
We completed The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy in September 1990 ready for a Christmas release into America. But due to the legal battle that Codemasters were having over a 'cheat device' called Game Genie its release was delayed until April 1991 so it missed the lucrative Christmas market. Added to this, Sega had just launched the Genesis (called the Megadrive in Europe) and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was on its way. What we had hoped would sell well over half a million copies sold about 125,000.
However it was awarded NES Adventure Game of the Year 1991 by Game Players Magazine and given the coveted Parents Choice Award.
Programmers and artists within Codemasters went on to convert it to other formats.
Having worked on a freelance basis from those portacabins for so long we decided it was time to set up our own office. It was a big step but we felt that the time had come to take it.
We found some great offices with enough space to take around 25 people in the heart of Leamington Spa and employed some of the local artists and programmers with whom we had been working.
Whilst we were proud of our game Operation Gunship on the Spectrum and Amstrad, the lack
of hardware scrolling prevented it from being slick and fun. But this was something the NES did very well. So we updated the game and named it Firehawk.
Here's a bizarre coincidence, a few years later after the Ghostbusters 2 and Firehawk poster had been side by side on the wall in our office for over a year, We spotted that the artist who'd been commissioned to illustrate the cover for Firehawk had obviously been inspired by the Ghostbusters poster!