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SimTex, Inc.

Moby ID: 134

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SimTex Software was a game development company, founded in 1988 by Steve Barcia and Ken Burd. It developed some of the most popular turn-based strategy games of the middle 90s: Master of Magic and the first two installments in the Master of Orion series. In June 1995, it was acquired by Spectrum HoloByte, becoming the fourth development studio of the publisher. Before being closed in 1998, SimTex worked on some titles that would never see the light of day: Mech Lords and Guardians: Agents of Justice.

Credited on 5 Games from 1993 to 2001

Star Lords (2001 on DOS)
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (1996 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh)
1830: Railroads & Robber Barons (1995 on DOS)
Master of Magic (1994 on DOS, Windows, PC-98...)
Master of Orion (1993 on DOS, Macintosh)

History +

September 1998

SimTex was shutdown by MicroProse when it became apparent that Agents of Justice wasn't going to ship anytime soon. Also MicroProse was in a serious cash crunch failing to be bought by the courting GT Interactive at the time. Only later would MicroProse be bought by Hasbro Interactive at the end of 1998.


Simtex was bought by the combined Spectrum Holobyte - MicroProse company.


Company founded by Steve Barcia.

Trivia +

In case you're wondering about the name, SimTex is short for SimulationTexas.


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