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#1 CRV OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 9:03 AM

Starting a new thread for this...

Basketbrawl                     BlueSky Software
Klax (unreleased)               BlueSky Software
Mat Mania Challenge             BlueSky Software
Mean 18 Ultimate Golf           BlueSky Software
Ninja Golf                      BlueSky Software
Scrapyard Dog                   BlueSky Software
Xenophobe                       BlueSky Software

California Games (unreleased)   Computer Magic
Impossible Mission              Computer Magic
One-on-One Basketball           Computer Magic
Summer Games                    Computer Magic
Winter Games                    Computer Magic

Barnyard Blaster                Datafast Computer Services?
Planet Smashers                 Datafast Computer Services

Asteroids                       GCC
Ballblazer                      GCC?
Centipede                       GCC
Desert Falcon                   GCC
Diagnostic Cartridge            GCC
Dig Dug                         GCC
Food Fight                      GCC
Galaga                          GCC
High Score Cartridge (UR)       GCC
Joust                           GCC
Ms. Pac-Man                     GCC
Pole Position II                GCC
Rescue on Fractalus! (UR)       GCC
Robotron: 2084                  GCC
Xevious                         GCC

Crossbow                        Imagineering
Double Dragon                   Imagineering
F-18 Hornet                     Imagineering
Fight Night                     Imagineering
Ikari Warriors                  Imagineering
Kung-Fu Master                  Imagineering
Pete Rose Baseball              Imagineering
Sentinel                        Imagineering
Super Skateboardin'             Imagineering
Title Match Pro Wrestling       Imagineering
Tomcat                          Imagineering
Touchdown Football              Imagineering

Pit-Fighter (unreleased)        Imagitec Design
Rampart (unreleased)            Imagitec Design

MotorPsycho                     John Boeschen & Co.

Choplifter!                     ibidinc
GATO (prototype)                ibidinc
Hat Trick                       ibidinc
Karateka                        ibidinc

Electrocop (unreleased)         ICC

Donkey Kong                     ITDC
Donkey Kong Junior              ITDC
Mario Bros.                     ITDC

ITDC stood for "International Technology Development Corporation" and had a subsidiary in China called Shanghai Software Consortium, so it's possible these were done over there.

Toki (unreleased)               Images

Midnight Mutants                Radioactive Software/Sculptured Software

Alien Brigade                   Sculptured Software
Commando                        Sculptured Software
Dark Chambers                   Sculptured Software
Fatal Run                       Sculptured Software
Missing in Action (unreleased)  Sculptured Software

Rampage                         Spectral Dimensions

Road Riot 4WD (unreleased)      Tiertex
Steel Talons (unreleased)       Tiertex

Gauntlet (unreleased)           US Gold?
Jinks                           US Gold
Tower Toppler                   US Gold?

Jinks was programmed by Peter Pachla, who has said he worked for US Gold.

Ace of Aces                     ?

Is there any evidence Imagineering did this?

Crack'ed                        ?

Robert Neve did the original ST version, but the 2600 version was farmed out, so it's possible this was, too.

MeltDown                        ?
RealSports Baseball             ?
Skyfox (unreleased)             ?
Super Huey UH-IX                ?
Tank Command                    ?
Water Ski                       ?


#2 DracIsBack OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 9:34 AM

Here's an interview with the Crack'ed developer

http://www.atarilege...?interview_id=6

#3 The_Laird OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 11:20 AM

Jinks, Gauntlet and Tower Toppler were Graftgold not US Gold.

#4 Eckhard Stolberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 1:35 PM

Jinks, Gauntlet and Tower Toppler were Graftgold not US Gold.

Gauntlet might have been done by Graftgold, since you said in the other thead it was programmed later than the other two. But in this message on the stella mailing list Peter Pachla mentions that he worked at US Gold when he converted games to the 7800. And in this post on rec.games.video.classic he says that Tower Toppler was developed on the desk next to his at US Gold at the same time he created Jinks.

Edited by Eckhard Stolberg, Sun Jan 9, 2011 1:38 PM.


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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 1:59 PM

Jinks, Gauntlet and Tower Toppler were Graftgold not US Gold.

Gauntlet might have been done by Graftgold, since you said in the other thead it was programmed later than the other two. But in this message on the stella mailing list Peter Pachla mentions that he worked at US Gold when he converted games to the 7800. And in this post on rec.games.video.classic he says that Tower Toppler was developed on the desk next to his at US Gold at the same time he created Jinks.


The title screen of Jinks clearly states Softgold which was another name Graftgold used

The title screen of Tower Toppler clearly states Hewson who published games by Graftgold

Graftgold History

US Gold were a publisher and according to the boxes of both games they licensed the games to Atari. I think somebody got confused along the way.

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Edited by The_Laird, Sun Jan 9, 2011 2:00 PM.


#6 high voltage OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 2:56 PM

U.S. Gold was both, publisher and developer. John M. Phillips wrote Nebulus (Tower Toppler) for Hewson. Tower Toppler was released on numerous platforms incl. NES, but never written by Graftgold.

Jinks was written by Rainbow Arts (German) and Softgold GmbH was also a German developer/publisher firm. That is why The Laird is getting confused, Jinks has nothing to do with a UK Graftgold/Softgold:
>>>>>Die Firmengründer trennten sich und Rainbow Arts wurde an die Softgold Computerspiele GmbH verkauft, die zur Rushware-Firmengruppe (also German) gehörte und mit dieser ihrerseits 1999 von THQ aufgekauft wurde<<<<<

Edited by high voltage, Sun Jan 9, 2011 3:19 PM.


#7 Eckhard Stolberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 3:46 PM

The title screen of Jinks clearly states Softgold which was another name Graftgold used

The title screen of Tower Toppler clearly states Hewson who published games by Graftgold

Graftgold History

US Gold were a publisher and according to the boxes of both games they licensed the games to Atari. I think somebody got confused along the way.

No, Softgold Computerspiele GmbH was a German publisher who bought Rainbow Arts. Rainbow Arts was the company that created the original C64 version of Jinks.

Besides Graftgold games Hewson also published the original C64 version of Tower Toppler (Nebulus in Europe). That one was programmed by John M. Pillips. Graftgold had nothing to do with it.

www.graftgold.com lists (all ?) their games and programmers. There is no mention of Peter Pachla or any games for the 7800 on that site.

IIRC Peter mentioned being from the Birmingham area and probably still lives there. I think US Gold was from there too. Do you know where Graftgold was from and if they had an office in Birmingham as well?


BTW, I saw that there are currently at least two sellers offering several issues of ACE magazine from 1989/1990 on ebay.co.uk. Maybe you could ask them if one of those magazines contains the article about Gauntlet 7800 that you mentioned. Then we would at least know which issue to look for (or not to look for, if it's none of the ones available).

(Whoa, that post took long to research and write. high voltage beat me to the answer by almost an hour ;) )

Edited by Eckhard Stolberg, Sun Jan 9, 2011 3:48 PM.


#8 The_Laird OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 4:05 PM

Yeah its all certainly very confusing when a person has stated to have worked/known who worked on games for the 7800 when they are credited to different developers. I was about to repost myself after I had been looking stuff up and saw the Rainbows Arts/Softgold connection.

#9 Mitch OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 4:12 PM

Perhaps the list should be expanded to list the programmers who worked on the game where known.

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Posted Sun Jan 9, 2011 8:51 PM

Says Softgold in the game title screen...


Jinks, Gauntlet and Tower Toppler were Graftgold not US Gold.

Gauntlet might have been done by Graftgold, since you said in the other thead it was programmed later than the other two. But in this message on the stella mailing list Peter Pachla mentions that he worked at US Gold when he converted games to the 7800. And in this post on rec.games.video.classic he says that Tower Toppler was developed on the desk next to his at US Gold at the same time he created Jinks.


The title screen of Jinks clearly states Softgold which was another name Graftgold used

The title screen of Tower Toppler clearly states Hewson who published games by Graftgold

Graftgold History

US Gold were a publisher and according to the boxes of both games they licensed the games to Atari. I think somebody got confused along the way.



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Posted Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:51 AM

Here's an interview with the Crack'ed developer


I've seen the interview before. He doesn't actually say he did the 2600 and 7800 versions. Randy Bowker worked on the 2600 version at Zip Technologies.

Perhaps the list should be expanded to list the programmers who worked on the game where known.


I'm for keeping track of staff, but adding it to this list could make it messy. (Ninja Golf has three programmers, and then there's designers, etc.)




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