Brøderbund Software

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Brøderbund was an American software developer and publisher founded in 1980 by brothers Doug and Gary Carlston to market their own game “Galactic Empire” (1980) for the TRS-80.  Broderbund published some very important games of the 1980s including “Lode Runner” (1982), and Jordan Mechner’s “Karateka” (1984) and “Prince of Persia” (1989). Their own big hit of the 1980s,  developed in house, was the education game “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” (1985) . In 1984 Brøderbund acquired the assets of Synapse Software, well respected developers of games for the Atari 400 & 800, Commodore 64 and IBM PC. Synapse’s back catalogue included games such as “Nautilus” (1982) the four player “Survivor” (1982) and shooters such as “Fort Apocalypse” (1982), “Blue Max” (1983), “Alley Cat” (1983) and “Shamas” (1982). Unable to capitalise of Synapse back catalogue Brøderbund closed it down in 1985.With their string of hits across all popular American platforms Brøderbund were a dominant USA publisher of the 1980s. They were purchased by the Learning Company in 1998.

References: “Brøderbund” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 16 Oct. 2012

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