Net Yaroze with software development kit
Net Yaroze with software development kit

The Net Yaroze is a development kit for the PlayStation developed and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment as a promotion to computer programming hobbyists, first released in Japan on June 1996 and later across Europe and North America in 1997.[1][2][3] The following list contains games and demos developed and/or released for the Net Yaroze.[4]

Conceived by PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi,[3] the kit was retailed at around GB£550 in Europe and US$750 in North America; The package contained a special black-colored debugging PlayStation unit, a serial cable for connecting the unit to a PC and a CD containing PlayStation development tools, among other items.[2][3][5][6][7] However, the Net Yaroze lacked many of the features an official PlayStation SDK provided and its primary RAM size was the same as the consumer model; Game code, graphics, audio samples and run-time libraries were limited to fit in the 2MB of primary RAM, 1MB of VRAM and 0.5 MB of sound RAM, since the unit will not play user-burned CDs, a necessary restriction to prevent piracy and ensure that the Yaroze program would not compete with the official PlayStation SDK.[2][3][7][8] The Yaroze could only be purchased via mail order, although Sony also provided it to universities worldwide.[5][7][8][9][10] Though it lacked regional lockout, three regional variations exists: The European/Australian version boots in PAL mode, while the Japanese and North American versions boot in NTSC mode.[6] Around 1000 units were sold in Europe and North America respectively but more were sold in Japan.[10][11]

Many games and demos made by hobbyists on the Net Yaroze were released on various demo discs that came along with magazines such as the Official UK PlayStation Magazine and PlayStation Underground.[4][7] Sony set up an online forum where users could share their homemade games, programming tips and ask questions to Sony's technical support staff.[2][3][5][6] Dedicated Usenet groups, with access restricted to Yaroze members, were maintained by Sony and homepage hosting was also provided.[5][12][13] The access was restricted according to the kit's region of origin, which made collaboration between users in different territories impractical.[5][12] Other games were also distributed online by their authors.

Games

There are currently 86 games on this list.[a]

Title Genre(s) Developer(s) Year Ref.
A Dog Tale Platform Ira Rainey 1997 [14][15]
Adventure Game Action-adventure Robert Swan 1998 [16][17][18]
Ai no Yōsei Tomomi-chan Sports Kazunari Ishida 1997 [19]
Alien Looter Shoot 'em up Ben James N/A [4]
Arena Simulation Tom Madens 2004 [20]
Asobu Rakugaki Platform Hideki Kubo, Mineko Kubo 1998 [21]
Between The Eyes Racing Lewis Evans 1997 [22][23][24]
Bill's Shooting Game Shoot 'em up Takuya Iwano 1997 [25]
Blitter Boy – Operation: Monster Mall Shooter Chris Chadwick 1998 [16][24][26]
Blockz Puzzle Daniel M. Johnson 1998 [18]
Bouncer 2 Arcade Scott Evans 1997 [24][27]
Breach Shoot 'em up Ben James N/A [4]
Break 3D Arcade Lewis Evans 1997 [28]
BugSplat Action John Wojcik 2001 [29]
Car G1 Racing William Docherty 1997 [28]
Cars Racing Stuart Ashley 1997 [30]
Cat Game Arcade Ryunosuke Taki 1997 [30]
Chronicle Action-adventure Sidhe Interactive 1998 [31][32]
Clone First-person shooter Stuart Ashley 1997 [23][24][33]
Come Baa Simulation Nick Slaven 1998 [16]
Decaying Orbit Shooter DragonShadow Industries 1999 [34]
Defender Shooter Ben James 2001 [4]
Down Platform Andy Weissl, Dennis Brinkhuis 2002 [35]
Engine 6 Demo Derek Leigh-Gilchrist 1997 [28][30]
Feedback Demo John Rocati 1997 [28]
Flag Demo Alex Amsel 1997 [28]
Fujiyama Demo N/A 1997 [30][36]
Funky Beans Puzzle Kazunari Ishida 1997 [19][37]
Gas Girl Platform Koji Yoshikawa 1998 [30][36]
Gasgar vs. Gasgar Sports Gregg and Rob Gorczowski 1998 [4][38]
GIT Puzzle Edward Cawley 2004 [20]
Gravitation Racing James Shaughnessy 1998 [24][39]
Harrier Attack Shooter Ben James N/A [40]
Haunted Maze Maze Edward Federmeyer 1998 [24][41]
Hipower Battlers Fighting Kazunari Ishida 1997 [19][42]
Hover Car Racing Racing Richard Smithies 1998 [24][43]
Hover Racing Racing Shuichi Kitaguchi, Tomokazu Sato 1997 [21][36][44]
HSFX Third-person shooter N/A 1997 [28]
Insects Puzzle Yukio Iijima 1997 [36]
Invs Platform Philippe-Andre Lorin 2002 [45][46]
Katapila Platform Ben James, Elliot Lee 2004 [47]
Kyūkyoku Senki Gikadiver Shoot 'em up Go Watanabe 1997 [48]
Little Wing Arcade Hironao Kawabata 1998 [21][49]
Magic Castle Roguelike Kaiga 1998 [50]
Magic Forest Action Ben James N/A [4]
Mah Jongg Puzzle Gerhard Rittenhofer 1998 [24][51]
ManicX Maze Tuna Technologies 1997 [28][30]
Nana Tan Shooter Yosuke Kuroda 1997 [30]
Opera Of Destruction Shoot 'em up James Pretorius 1998 [18][52]
Pandora's Box Puzzle Christoph Lurig, Torsten Ventzke 1999 [18][53]
Para-Dice Puzzle Shift 1998 [54][55][56]
PingPing Sports Matthew Verran 2004 [47][57]
Pokris Puzzle Ryu 1997 [58]
Pssst Action Gary Gould, Steve Knock 2001 [18]
Psychon Run and gun Ben James 1998 [24][59]
Pushy IIb Puzzle Richard Fred Williams 1998 [24][59][60]
Robot Ron Shooter Matthew Verran 2002 [20][61][62]
Rocks 'n' Gems Puzzle Gerhard Rittenhofer, Manfred Tucmandl 1998 [24][18][63]
Roller Action Matthew Verran 2004 [20][64]
Sam The Boulder Man Puzzle James Hobden 2002 [65]
Samsaric Asymptotes Shoot 'em up Philippe-Andre Lorin 2004 [20][46]
Shroud Shooter Ben James 2002 [65]
Snave Shooter Lewis Evans 1997 [28]
Snowball Fight Sports James Rutherford 1998 [18]
Sound 2 Light Demo Colin Adams 1997 [28]
Sphere Puzzle Peter Dollachan 2002 [66]
Squeak Puzzle Ben James 2004 [67]
Star Fighters Shoot 'em up George Bain 1998 [68]
Star Guardian Shoot 'em up Kazunari Ishida 1997 [19]
Super Bub Contest Puzzle Alex Herbert 1999 [18][69]
Super Mansion Survival horror Tomokazu Sato 1997 [25][38]
Surf Game Sports Mark Theyer 2001 [18]
Tan Tank Shooter Team Spirit 1997 [30]
Tan Tank 2 Shooter Team Spirit 1998 [48]
Tanx Strategy Stuart Macdonald 1999 [34]
Technical Demo X2 Shoot 'em up Aaron Gandaa, Steven Sheehy 1999 [18]
Terra Incognita Action-adventure Team Fatal 1997 [58][70]
The Appointed Station Shoot 'em up Syuntarou Yoshikawa 1996 [36][37]
The Incredible Coneman Maze Lars Barstad, Per Ivar Pedersen 1998 [24][71]
Time Slip Platform David Johnston, Mike Goatly 1998 [52][72]
Total Soccer Sports Charles Chapman 1998 [24][73]
Video Poker Simulator Cards Scott Campbell 1999 [74]
Wanisan Shooting Game Shoot 'em up Wanisan 1997 [36]
Yaroze Rally Racing Harvey Cotton 2001 [18]
Yarozians Shoot 'em up John Wojcik 2001 [61]
Z2 Action James Pitts 1998 [75]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ This number is always up to date by this script.

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