Blue Ribbon (software house)

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Blue Ribbon Software
Genre Video game publisher
Founded 1985
Defunct 1991
Headquarters Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK

Blue Ribbon was the budget computer software publishing label of CDS Micro Systems.

The label launched in 1985 mostly made up of games from the MRM Software back catalogue. MRM had been a label producing games for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron. Blue Ribbon reissued these and also converted them to other platforms including Atari 8-bit, Amstrad CPC, MSX and Commodore 16/Plus/4. By the late 80s, Blue Ribbon were also releasing games for the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 including reissues of games for publishers including Superior Software, Bubble Bus and Artic as well as games originally published at full price by CDS. This included the first stand alone releases for games previously only available on compilations (e.g. Syncron and Camelot from Superior and Video Card Arcade and Dominoes from CDS). The Superior games were released as joint Superior/Blue Ribbon releases and carried advertisements for current Superior full price games. Although a small number of compilations were released on disk, all individual releases were on cassette between £1.99 and £2.99. The label's final releases were in 1991 and CDS never used the Blue Ribbon label for 16-bit releases.

Releases[edit]

Original releases[edit]

  • Astro Plumber (BBC, Electron, CPC, C16, MSX)
  • Bar Billiards (BBC, Electron)
  • Condition Red (BBC, Electron)
  • Diamond Mine II (BBC, Electron, CPC, C16/Plus/4, MSX)
  • Joey (BBC, Electron, C16)
  • Ravage (BBC, Electron)
  • M-Droid (MSX)
  • Trapper (BBC, Electron)
  • Return of R2 (BBC, Electron)
  • Mango (BBC, Electron)
  • 3D Dotty (BBC, Electron)
  • Spooksville (BBC, Electron)
  • System 8: The Pools Predictor (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC, C16, C64, ZX, MSX)
  • Turf-Form: Beat the Bookie (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC, C16, C64, ZX, MSX)
  • Hi-Q-Quiz (BBC, Electron, CPC, C64, ZX)
  • Syntax (CPC, C64, ZX)
  • Wulfpack (CPC, C64, ZX)
  • Balloon Buster (BBC, Electron, CPC)

Reissues and ports[edit]

MRM Software[edit]

  • 3D Munchy / Hangman (BBC)
  • Banana Man / Secret Sam 1 (BBC)
  • Guy In The Hat / Secret Sam 2 (BBC)
  • Castle Assault (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC)
  • Darts (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC, C64, ZX, MSX)
  • Diamond Mine (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC, C16)
  • Q Man (BBC)
  • Q Man's Brother (BBC)
  • Screwball (BBC, Atari, CPC)
  • Artist (aka Artmaster) (BBC, CPC)
  • Nightmare Maze (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC)

CDS Software[edit]

  • Caterpillar / Leapfrog (ZX)
  • Gobble a Ghost / 3D Painter (ZX)
  • Spectrum Safari / Winged Warlords (ZX)
  • Timebomb / Magic Meanies (ZX)
  • Pool (CPC, ZX)
  • Video Card Arcade (BBC, Electron, CPC, C64, ZX) - previously only available as part of The Complete Home Entertainment Centre
  • Golf (BBC, Electron) - reissue of Birdie Barrage
  • Steve Davis Snooker (BBC, Electron, Atari, CPC, C16, C64, ZX, MSX)
  • Dominoes (BBC, Electron, CPC, ZX) - previously only available as part of The Complete Home Entertainment Centre

Bubble Bus Software[edit]

  • The Ice Temple (CPC, C64, ZX)
  • Wizard's Lair (CPC, C64, ZX, MSX)
  • Moonlight Madness (ZX)
  • Cave Fighter (C16, C64)

Artic[edit]

  • Rugby (ZX) - reissue of International Rugby

Superior Software[edit]

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