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Costa Panayi (born 11 October 1957, Stretford, Lancashire, England) was a computer game programmer during the 1980s. He founded Vortex Software with Paul Canter, publishing games for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC.

He is of Greek descent, and studied engineering at the University of Salford. After graduation, he started to work as mechanical engineer for British Aerospace, when he got into programming games business from his hobby interests.

In 1982, he studied Sinclair BASIC and subsequently formed his company Vortex Software along with Luke Andrews and Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. They wrote a variety of games, including Gunlaw, the Android series, and Tornado Low Level for the ZX Spectrum.

His games achieved critical success; Tornado Low Level and Highway Encounter appearing in the Your Sinclair official top 100, for example, and in them he developed original 3D interfaces.

In 1995, he was working as a design consultant for Fisher Price.[1]
List of games

ZX81 Othello (1981)
Word Mastermind (1981)
Pontoon (1981)
Crash (1981)
Cosmos (1982), Abbex Electronics
Astral Convoy (1982), Vortex Software
Gunlaw (1983), Vortex Software
Android 1: The Reactor Run (1983), Vortex Software
Android 2 (1983), Vortex Software
Tornado Low Level (1984), Vortex Software
Cyclone (1985), Vortex Software
Highway Encounter (1985), Vortex Software
Revolution (1986), U.S. Gold
Deflektor (1987), Gremlin Graphics
Hostile All Terrain Encounter (1989), Gremlin Graphics

References

World of Spectrum entry.
Interview from Sinclair User issue 32.

^ The History of VORTEX Software by Mark Haigh-Hutchinson

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