|Key People (choice)||Teut Weidemann, Bernard Morell, Chris Hülsbeck, Armin Gessert, Thomas Hertzler, Manfred Trenz|
|Sector||Video and computer games|
|Information||Merged with THQ in 1999|
Rainbow Arts was a developer and publisher of entertainment software. Originally developing C64 games, it progressed to creating Amiga and PC-based games. It became one of the biggest computer development companies in Europe.
History[edit | edit source]
1984[edit | edit source]
1987[edit | edit source]
In 1987 Teut Weidermann joined the company and became head of development because of his ability to bring desirable games to the company. The first was a friend's game called Sarcophaser, in which Weidermann developed the graphics & level design. At the same time Weidermann was working on an R-Type clone for the Amiga. While demonstrating his demo at a cracker meeting, a group called Lightcircle demonstrated theirs. Weidermann eventually bought the game from the group (known as Factor 5 for commercial publishing) for 25,000 DM (about 13,000 EUR). Meanwhile Manfred Trenz had written a shoot-em-up on the C64 called Katakis and the Amiga R-Type had its name changed to Katakis despite having nothing in common with Trenz's game.
1988[edit | edit source]
In 1988 the official R-Type license was bought by Activision and having seen Katakis, sued Rainbow Arts. A deal was made however that Rainbow Arts would complete the port of R-Type to the C64 and Amiga in exchange that Katakis could be re-released.
1989[edit | edit source]
Having agreed to create the port of R-Type, Katakis was re-relased as Denaris. Following this, Manfred Trenz had started to write another shoot-em-up for the C64 this time inspired by Metroid: an 8-way scroller called Turrican. Half-way into the project with over 17 ongoing projects a number of Producers were hired: Boris Schneider and Martin Gaksch of Powerplay magazine. Schneider was assigned to all EA Lucasfilm game products and Gaksch headed-up the deveoplment of Rock'n'Roll.
1990[edit | edit source]
1991[edit | edit source]
1997[edit | edit source]
Rainbow Arts was bought by Funsoft in 1997.
1999[edit | edit source]
C64 Games[edit | edit source]
|In 80 Day Around the World||1987|
|The Baby of Can Guru||1987|
|The Great Giana Sisters||1987||Developed by Time Warp Productions|
|To Be On Top||1987|
|Bozuma: The Mystery of the Mummy||1988|
|Katakis||1988||Ported to Amiga by Factor 5|
|The Volleyball Simulator||1988|
|Denaris||1989||A re-release of Katakis|
|Grand Monster Slam||1989||Developed by Golden Goblins|
|Hard 'n' Heavy||1989|
|Rock 'n' Roll||1989|
|Curse of Ra||1990|
|Down at the Trolls||1990|
|Sunny Shine - On the Funny Side of Life||1990|
|Turrican II - The Final Fight||1991|
Collections[edit | edit source]
- 1st CD-Edition (Collection)
- Highlights (Collection)
- 5th anniversary (Collection)
- Rainbow Collection (Collection)
Links[edit | edit source]