|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.
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.
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.
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.
Rainbow Arts was bought by Funsoft in 1997.
|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|
- 1st CD-Edition (Collection)
- Highlights (Collection)
- 5th anniversary (Collection)
- Rainbow Collection (Collection)