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Mastertronic
Mastertronic   #16


Games developed: 24
Games published: 25
Period: 1984 - 2004

Mastertronic were the original budget kings and arguably the most successful. The Darling brothers actually started out by writing C64 games for Mastertronic before starting out on their own to form Codemasters. Eventually they merged with Virgin to form Virgin/Mastertronic, but not before themselves buying out Melbourne House.

Mastertronic published literally hundreds of games, many in the famous "199 range" budget series for the Commodore 64 computer, in which each game costs only 1.99. Most of those games, however, are awful (as you may suspect from the price), but Mastertronic did release a few gems in their full-priced line, most notably the severely underrated Demon's Tomb: The Awakening. In 1991, Mastertronic was bought out by SEGA and the company is no more.

  • Read a fascinating and comprehensive company history at Adventureland.
  • The Spectrum Adventurer has a number of good Mastertronic adventures you can play on a Spectrum emulator for PC (most of these were never released for the PC)
  • The Mastertronic Web is an outstanding site dedicated to Mastertronic's famous budget games.

Related companies: Codemasters, SEGA, Virgin Interactive, Melbourne House

Related companies: Codemasters   SEGA   Virgin Interactive   Melbourne House  

Titles Developed or Published
Genre
Year
Avg. Rating
5A Side Soccer
Sport
1984
6.57
Artura
Action
1989
7.61
Barbarian (Mastertronic)
Action
1989
7.82
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCalifornia Pro Golf
Sport
1988
8.54
Demon's Forge
Interactive Fiction
1987
7.4
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDemon's Tomb: The Awakening
Interactive Fiction
1989
8.25
Feud
Action
1988
8.8
HamsterJam
Puzzle
2004
8.07
House of Cards
Strategy
1989
6.94
Knight Games
Sport
1987
6.92
Kobayashi Naru
Adventure
1987
6.62
Magic Johnson's Basketball
Sport
1989
6.85
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeMetropolis
Interactive Fiction
1987
8.76
Molecule Man
Action
2003
7.25
Ninja
Action
1986
8.24
Prowler
Action
1987
5.37
Pub Pool
Sport
1987
9
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeRasterscan
Puzzle
1987
8.23
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeRisk
Strategy
1989
8.61
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeRockford
Puzzle
1987
8.33
Shard of Inovar
Adventure
1987
8.5
Shogun (Mastertronic)
Adventure
1986
7.86
Slugger, The
Sport
1988
5.5
Storm
Action
1988
8.83
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeStreet Fighting Man
Action
1989
8.86
Turbo Champions
Sport
1989
5.6
Vectorball
Action
1988
7
Vegas Casino 2
Strategy
1988
7.25
Venom
Adventure
1987
5.47
Video Casino
Strategy
1987
7.44
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