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Palace Software, Ltd.

Overview

Palace Software was founded by Director Pete Stone in 1983 as an off-shoot of Palace Virgin Gold.

The members of the team were Director Pete Stone Project manager and lead programmer Richard Leinfellner.

Other programmers employed by the company included Stan Schembri, Chris Neary with sound programmers Richard Joseph, Keith Miller (Impossible productions).

The company operated through to 1992 when it was closed.

Trivia

Palace Software was the first Company to create 'Name of the film' games. This was due to Pete Stone's vision of computer games, in which he saw video games as being an extension of films.

In 1983 both the "Evil Dead" and "Halloween" were in production by Richard Leinfellner and Halloween by Chris Neary.

Although "the Evil Dead" was released, Halloween was cancelled. This was due in part, to an unfavorable "Video nasty" campaign by Mary Whitehouse, (British campaigner for the values of morality and decency), that was occurring at the time.

The idea of "Halloween" didn't die and later resurfaced as a number 1 selling game on the CBM 64,"Cauldron" and later Cauldron II, both written by Stan Schembri ("of Last Ninja" fame CBM64 1987). Richard Joseph joined and created the fantastic sound effects and music for both Cauldron II and Barbarian.

1986 Palace software produced Antiriad, a science fiction platformer staring a semi-naked barbarian 'Tal' in a post apocalyptic world. Tal discovers an anti-irradiation suit and starts his adventures to penetrate and alien city.

In 1987 Palace software released the first popular "Hack and slay" video game. The advertising for the game starred Maria Whittaker, who was a famous glamour model at the time and caused some controversy. The photoshoot was done in the entrance hallway of the Scala Cinema of Pentonville road London. The 'Barbarian' in the photoshoot was non other than Michael Van Wijk, later known as 'Wolf' from the 'Gladiators'. The follow up to Barbarian was called the 'Barbarian II the dungeons of Drax'. Both games were designed by Steve Brown.

Pete Stone is now the UK general Manager for Konami. Richard Leinfellner is a Director at EA games Sadly Richard Joseph, music and sound passed away on the 4th of March 2007.

Company location (June 1984)

Palace Software
275 Pentonville Road
London
N1
United Kingdom

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