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United Software GmbH

Overview

Ariolasoft was a German computer game publisher and distributor. Besides releasing games for home computers, they were also notable for being the distributor for the Sega Master System in Germany between 1987 and 1988.

Ariolasoft was also the publisher for Electronic Arts and Brøderbund in Europe before those companies set up their own European offices. Some of the better received original games released by the company were Deactivators, Golf Construction Set, Out of This World, Starfox (no relation to the Nintendo franchise of the same name) and They Stole a Million.

The company also had a division in the United Kingdom: Ariolasoft UK.

The company was renamed United Software GmbH in the middle of 1990; it had started as the software subsidiary of Ariola Records, a German record label belonging to BMG. In 1993 United Software was taken over by Microprose Germany.

Also Known As

  • ariolasoft GmbH (from 1983 to 1990)


Trivia

Ariolasoft was also the publisher for the developer Starlight Software run by former Beyond Software publisher Francis Lee.

Ariolasoft also released some games by the team of Antony Crowther and Ben Daglish including Challenge of the Gobots and Killer Ring.

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