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Apogee Software, Ltd.

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  • Apogee Software Productions ( to 1988)

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Apogee Software, Ltd. is a Texas Limited Partnership whose General Partner is Action Entertainment, Inc., a Texas Corporation.

Apogee's first breakthrough was in shareware marketing. Known in the shareware industry as the "Apogee model," the method of releasing a portion of a full game (an "episode") as shareware (years before the Internet became popular) was risky and innovative, and done well before other PC game publishers released demos of their games.

Among other innovations popularized by Apogee in early years include cheat codes (standard practice for their games as far back as in 1987), level warps and the so-called "god" invincibility mode. Apogee's games, and later 3D Realms' games, have always included skill levels and save/load game options, both rare in action games in the late 80's and early 90's.

Apogee is considered the founder and father of the local Dallas-area game development community, with most of the top developers in this area having strong connections to them. For example, id Software located there to have a closer working relationship with them during the development of Wolfenstein 3D. Ritual Entertainment was formed by several developers from Apogee. Ion Storm co-founder Tom Hall left 3D Realms to follow his dream of owning his own company where "Design is law." Many of their developers have also gone on to become key members at non-local companies, such as Valve and n-Space.

The Apogee label, for all purposes, was slated to be phased out after having been responsible for nearly 30 PC games, including Beyond the Titanic, Supernova, Kroz, Pharaoh's Tomb, Commander Keen, the original Duke Nukem in 1991, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Word Rescue, Math Rescue, Wolfenstein 3-D, Blake Stone, Raptor, Wacky Wheels, Rise of the Triad, Death Rally and Stargunner.

In 2008 the Apogee name, logo, and library were licensed to a separate company - Apogee Software, LLC.

In early March 2014 the company, along with the name 3D Realms, were sold to the Danish company Interceptor Entertainment ApS. Apogee previously worked together with Interceptor.

Credited on 73 Games from 1986 to 2023

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Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered / Duke Nukem 3D: Total Meltdown (2023 on Evercade)
Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
Duke Nukem 1+2 (2012 on Windows, Linux, Macintosh)
Rise of the Triad: Dark War (2009 on Linux, Windows, Macintosh)
Commander Keen Combo CD (1998 on DOS, Windows)
Stargunner (1996 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Death Rally (1996 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh)
Xenophage: Alien BloodSport (1996 on DOS, Macintosh, Windows...)
Realms of Chaos (1995 on DOS, Windows, Linux...)
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition) (1995 on DOS)
Rise of the Triad: Dark War (1994 on Linux, DOS, iPhone...)
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (1994 on DOS)
Super Boppin' (1994 on DOS)
Blake Stone: Planet Strike! (1994 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Wacky Wheels (1994 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Hocus Pocus (1994 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Raptor: Call of the Shadows (1994 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (1993 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Duke Nukem II (1993 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh...)
Alien Carnage (1993 on DOS, Windows, Linux...)

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February 4, 1997

Apogee creates a new division, Pinball Wizards, which will focus exclusively on cutting-edge pinball games.

1997

After the release of Stargunner the name Apogee has never been used again - and the name 'Apogee' is no more. (Though the company still excists under the name of 3d Realms, which has been created for their 3d-games releases. Their pinball-game Balls of Steel has been released under the name of Pinball Wizards.)

November 1996

Apogee's last game released, titled Stargunner. No more Apogee games have been scheduled for production, with nearly all company focus shifted to the 3D Realms division.

June 1995

Apogee's web site opens to the public.

July 1994

3D Realms Entertainment is created by Apogee, as a division solely focused on the quickly growing 3D action gaming market.

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Apogee was the first PC games developer to hide cheat modes within games, such as Kingdom of Kroz. Nowadays, nearly every game released has cheat codes and modes that are hidden in games and discovered by players.

In 1987, Apogee's first breakthrough was in shareware marketing. Known in the shareware industry as the "Apogee model," their breakthrough method of releasing a portion of a full game (an "episode") as shareware (years before the Internet became popular) was risky and innovative, and done well before other PC game publishers released demos of their games -- now standard practice.

Their web site used to be at http://www.apogee1.com/

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