Beyond Software

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This article is about the 1980s UK video game publisher. For the 1990s U.S. video game developer, see Beyond Games. For the 1988-1991 U.S. video game developer, see Stormfront Studios.
Beyond Software
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1983
Founder(s) Emap International Limited
Headquarters United Kingdom
Area served United Kingdom
Products Computer games

Beyond Software was a video game publisher in the UK in the 1980s. It was set up by the EMAP publishing group in 1983 and published numerous titles on the Commodore 64, Dragon 32, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, but met with very little success until the release of Mike Singleton's Lords of Midnight in 1984. The Tolkien-esque strategy game became an instant success and allowed Beyond to establish a distribution deal with American developers First Star, as well as a publishing deal with C64 developer Denton Designs.

After being acquired by Telecomsoft in late 1985[1] for a six-figure sum, Beyond continued to operate as a unique label, mostly releasing games that had already been in development for some time, as well as a number of conversions of existing titles. Telecomsoft did very little with the Beyond label beyond these releases. A number of high-profile titles, such as Star Trek: The Rebel Universe ended up on the Firebird label, while a highly anticipated Mike Singleton project, Eye of the Moon, failed to materialise.

Games[edit]

Titles by Beyond Software
Title Developer Genre C=64 ZX Spectrum Others Year Format
Goodness Gracious Paul Jay Arcade C64 N/A N/A 1983 Tape
Kriegspiel Ron Potkin Strategy N/A N/A Dragon 32 1983 Tape
SS Achilles David Muncer, Simon N. Goodwin Arcade N/A N/A Atari 8-bit family 1983 Disk
Space Station Zebra Pat W. Norris Arcade N/A ZX Spectrum N/A 1983 Tape
Up Periscope Ron Potkin Strategy N/A N/A Dragon 32 1983 Tape
Ankh Datamost Inc. Puzzle C64 N/A N/A 1984 Tape
Aztec Datamost Inc. Arcade C64 N/A N/A 1984 Tape
Lords of Midnight Mike Singleton Graphic Adventure C64 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC 1984 Tape, Disk
Mr. Robot Datamost Inc. Arcade C64 N/A N/A 1984 Tape
My Chess II Datamost Inc. Board Game C64 N/A N/A 1984 Tape, Disk
Psytron Psy-Sci Tactical Combat C64 ZX Spectrum N/A 1984 Tape
Spellbound Pat W. Norris Arcade N/A ZX Spectrum N/A 1984 Tape
Spy vs. Spy First Star Software Arcade C64 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit family 1984 Tape
Bounces Denton Designs Arcade C64 ZX Spectrum N/A 1985 Tape
Doomdark's Revenge Mike Singleton Graphic Adventure C64 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC 1985 Tape
Psi Warrior Psy-Sci Arcade C64 N/A N/A 1985 Tape
Shadowfire Denton Designs Tactical Combat C64 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC 1985 Tape
Shadowfire Tuner Denton Designs Game Editor C64 ZX Spectrum N/A 1985 Tape
Sorderon's Shadow Nick Eatock, Simon Welland Graphic Adventure N/A ZX Spectrum N/A 1985 Tape
Quake Minus One Mike Singleton, Warren Foulkes RTS C64 N/A N/A 1985 Tape
Superman: The Game First Star Software Arcade/Strategy C64 N/A N/A 1985 Tape
Enigma Force Denton Designs Tactical Combat C64 ZX Spectrum N/A 1986 Tape
Dante's Inferno Denton Designs Arcade Adventure C64 N/A N/A 1986 Tape
Infodroid Denton Designs Arcade C64 N/A N/A 1986 Tape
Romper Room Educational C64 ZX Spectrum N/A 1986 Tape

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Hewison: Beyond. from: The Bird Sanctuary. Accessed on 2009-12-10

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