magnussoft

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magnussoft Deutschland GmbH
Type Software company of Germany
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded 1984 (magnussoft)
2004 (magnussoft Deutschland GmbH)
Headquarters Kesselsdorf, Germany

magnussoft Deutschland GmbH is a pan-European computer game developer and publisher. The company is seated near Dresden in the eastern region of Germany. However, magnussoft does not publish outside of Europe, they leave that work to local companies.

In Europe magnussoft are well known, primarily for their releases of collections of software for 8-Bit computer systems that were very popular in the 1980s: Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Atari XL/XE, and Atari ST. All required emulators are included so the software work on ordinary PCs although the programs are unaltered. There is a general collection called Retro-Classix that covers a bit of everything and collections that specialize on one particular system, like the Amiga Classix or the C64 Classix. Several successors followed.

The company released more than 160 products over the past ten years. Among their assortment are adventure games, board games, strategic games as well as shoot´em up games and jump and runs. On the other hand, magnussoft also released computer applications and educational software. The software was brought under varied labels to the market in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux countries, France, Great Britain, and the United States of America.

By 2008 magnussoft have gained access to the software market, especially in the lower budget and middle price range. They cooperate with acquainted German partners like for example "ak tronik Software & Services", "KOCH Media", and the "Verlagsgruppe Weltbild". In addition magnussoft has founded more subsidiaries in other parts of Europe.

magnussoft have created their profile through the release of ZETA, a broad range of retro games, and classic computer games like Aquanoid, Barkanoid or Plot's.

The headquarters of Magnussoft in Kesselsdorf

Games (selection)[edit]

  • Amiga Classix
  • Aquanoid
  • Barkanoid
  • Boulder Match
  • Break It
  • C64 Classix
  • Colossus Chess
  • Dr. Tool Serie
  • Fix & Foxi Serie
  • Jacks Crazy Cong
  • Jump Jack
  • KLIX
  • METRIS
  • MiniGolf
  • Packs Serie
  • PLOTS!
  • Pool Island
  • Retro-Classix
  • Sokoman

Applications (selection)[edit]

  • Dr Brain series
  • Dr. Tool series
  • Driver Cataloger
  • Easy Bootmanager
  • Typing Tutor

Educational software (selection)[edit]

  • Deutsch, Englisch und Mathe für Zwerge
  • Deutsch– und Mathe Compilation
  • Fahrschule

Criticism[edit]

In 2006 magnussoft incurred public criticism for ceasing the distribution and the funding of BeOS replacement Magnussoft Zeta OS because of its uncertain legal status.

Trademarks[edit]

  • Amiga Classix
  • Aquanoid
  • Barkanoid
  • C64 Classix
  • Dr. Brain
  • Dr. Tool
  • Retro Classix

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