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Presage Software, Inc.

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Presage Software began business in 1986 in San Rafael, California, as a developer of software. During the decade that followed, the company gained expertise in all aspects of multimedia offering development, concept design, marketing and quality assurance testing. In addition, the company outsourced its team's talents in graphics and sound design to many of the big named companies of that era.

Possibly the company's most lucrative event took place in 1993 when they purchased the rights to Lode Runner. The games that followed were well received and profitable for the company.

One of the divisions within Presage was Stepping Stone which was responsible for the development of edutainment titles, one of which was Chess Mates, the 30th title developed by Presage since its inception.

The Presage Cross Platform Development System enabled them to efficiently develop products for DOS, Windows and Macintosh with shared resources. It was this and other proprietary technology that became attractive to other companies, and in 1999 Human Code, Inc. of Austin, Texas, acquired the company. It became the west coast studio for Human Code in San Rafael, California, and was named Presage Studio. Most of the Presage employees stayed with the studio.

33 Games Released (1991 - 2003)

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Arthur's 1st Grade (2002 on Macintosh, Windows)
Arthur's 2nd Grade (2002 on Windows, Macintosh)
Arthur's Kindergarten (2002 on Windows, Macintosh)
Shanghai: Second Dynasty (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
Arthur's 1st Grade (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
Arthur's 2nd Grade (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
Arthur's Kindergarten (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
Lode Runner (1998 on PlayStation)
Kid Pix Studio Deluxe (1998 on Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Lode Runner 2 (1998 on Windows, Macintosh)
Rockett's Secret Invitation (1998 on Windows, Macintosh)
Rockett's Tricky Decision (1998 on Windows, Macintosh)
Lode Runner Extra (1997 on PlayStation, SEGA Saturn)
Rockett's New School (1997 on Windows, Macintosh)
Shanghai: Dynasty (1997 on Windows, Macintosh)
Chess Mates (1996 on Windows 3.x, Macintosh, Windows)
Star Control 3 (1996 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh)
Hexen: Beyond Heretic (1995 on DOS, Windows, PlayStation...)
Mario's Game Gallery (1995 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh)
Lode Runner On-Line: The Mad Monks' Revenge (1995 on Windows, Macintosh)

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Company founded.


Company acquires rights for Lode Runner.

March 15th, 1999

Presage bought by Human Code, becoming Presage Studios

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