Superior Software

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Full name: Superior Software Ltd
Established: 1982

Formed in 1982 by graduates of the Leeds University, Richard Hanson and John Dyson, Superior Software became a well-known name amongst users of the BBC and Electron computers. Having previously created titles published by Micro Power, itself a popular haunt for Beeb users in the city of Leeds (just out of the centre, at the fork of North Street and Meanwood Road), between them the pair created several of Superior's first releases.

The company ran into a spot legal trouble in 1983 - amongst the first of it's kind within the industry - when it released an unlicensed clone of Gottlieb's Q*bert. Coca-Cola/Columbia, Gottlieb's parent company, didn't take kindly to the infringement of its brand and trademark, and issued a cease and desist. The game was withdrawn from same just two months after its release.

Over the years Superior Software was responsible for establishing some of the most memorable early brands known across many 8-bit formats, including Repton, Stryker's Run and Exile - a vast adventure whose following was great, the title was re-made for the AGA Amiga in 1995.

The company now exists in the form of Superior Interactive, focusing mainly on PC download games, many of which are revisits of those old BBC and Electron classics.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Superior Software's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1982 title, "Q*bert" (BBC/Electron).

The company has been involved titles released on the Oric, C64, Spectrum 48K, BBC/Electron, Amstrad CPC and Apple II.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 1989 release "By Fair Means or Foul" (Spectrum 48K).

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