|Epyx #12 |
Games developed: 31
Games published: 37
Period: 1980 - 2004
Prior to its demise in 1991, Epyx was famous for many Commodore 64 and Apple II classics in almost every genre: from the excellent strategy in Dragonriders of Pern, to the innovative Temple of Apshai RPG, and the addictive action in the Impossible Mission and Jumpman series. But it would be a series of sports games that would finally breach the PC game market for Epyx and guarantee its place as one of the best game developers of all time. Epyx' sport games are designed with a great sense of humor and innovation-- games like California Games and Street Sports series attain "classic" status because they make us wonder why no one before them has come up with such excellent ideas. Most importantly, they are simply fun to play. Epyx added enough twists to successive games (e.g. the "secret" moves, surprising obstacles and opponents) that keep players glued to the screen and wish they'd bought a better joystick. To many of us oldtimers -- Commodore 64 users in particular -- Epyx sports games represent some of the brighter memories of our childhood (not to mention a big chunk of time spent). The company also published a number of European games in the U.S. For an excellent history of Epyx and highlights of their games, visit this page at The Dot Eaters.
When Epyx went bankrupt in 1991, it was sold to Bridgestone Multimedia (now Alpha Omega Publications) along with the rights to all Epyx games.
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