Big Five Software

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Big Five Software
Founded 1982
Closed 1984
Headquarters California, USA
Manager Bill Hogue
Key People (choice) Bill Hogue, Jeff Konyu, Curtis Mikolyski
Sector Video and computer games
Website Big Five Software

Big Five Software was a small video game company in the early 1980s. The company was founded to publish Bill Hogue's TRS-80 game Super Nova. The game was promoted with few advertisements in magazines.

Since the game sold well, the young company was able to rent some office space in Van Nuys, as all three founders of the company had previously lived with their parents. A little later, additional offices had to be rented and a short time later the company moved into a larger office building.

Big Five Software had a big hit with the game Miner 2049'er. Big Five Software became a subsidiary of the newly founded company S. Bigfoot, Inc. The sequel Bounty Bob Strikes Back! could no longer build on this success because the video game market collapsed due to the video game crash. Thereafter orders slowly declined until the company could no longer sustain itself.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

The game cartridges were manufactured in-house. An Atari CX40 joystick interface for the TRS-80 called Trisstick was also sold by the company.

In Europe, the Big Five software titles were distributed by US Gold.

Due to the great success of Miner 2049'er it was decided to issue licenses, resulting in the production of ports for other computer systems such as the C64, Apple II and others.

Games (Selection)[edit | edit source]

This games published also for the C64:

Links[edit | edit source]

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