Artic Software

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Artic Software / Artic Computing
Industry Computer and video games
Headquarters Brandesburton, England
Products Computer games

In the early 1980s, Artic Software, also known as Artic Computing, was a software development company based in Brandesburton. The company's first games were for the Sinclair ZX81 home computer, but they expanded and were also responsible for various ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron and Amstrad CPC computer games. The company was set up by Richard Turner and Chris Thornton. Charles Cecil, who later founded Revolution Software, joined the company shortly after it was founded, writing Adventures B through D. Developer Jon Ritman produced many of their games.

Initially packaging and distributing games themselves, some titles were picked up by Sinclair, who repackaged them under the Sinclair brand.

Adventures A through D were written for the ZX81 but were quickly ported to the ZX Spectrum platform on its release. By comparison to later Spectrum adventure games available at the time (e.g. The Hobbit), they are basic and short. However they are considered by many to be the start of the Adventure Game on the Spectrum in particular and thus were an important step in the growth of Adventure Games.

Games[edit]

Sword of peace (1980)

ZX Chess (1981)

  • Adventure A: Planet of Death (1981)
  • Adventure B: Inca Curse (1981)
  • Adventure C: Ship of Doom (1982)
  • Adventure D: Espionage Island (1982)
  • Adventure E: The Golden Apple (1983)
  • Adventure F: The Eye of Bain (1984)
  • Adventure G: Ground Zero (1984)
  • Adventure H: Robin Hood (1985)
  • Bear Bovver (1983)
  • Mutant Monty (1984)
  • The Great Wall (1986)
  • Paws (1985)
  • Web War (1985)
  • Woks (1986)
  • World Cup Football (1986)

Programming[edit]

The parser in their adventures is of a basic 2-word design, such as "Use Axe". Other developers later produced multiple word parsers, as featured in games by Infocom and Magnetic Scrolls. However the programs from adventures A-F were built using a custom built design. Adventure G (Ground Zero) and later were built using The Quill, an Adventure Game Creator produced by Gilsoft.

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