|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 HouseRelated companies: Codemasters SEGA Virgin Interactive Melbourne House