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Ocean Software

This was a very famous software house from the 80s and 90s, who were best known for their licensed games from the world of film, TV and the arcades.

Using a team of talented in house programmers, Ocean dominated the sales charts from 1984 until the early 1990s, releasing games on a wide variety of platforms from the ZX Spectrum to the Super Nintendo.

Founded in 1983 by David Ward and Jon Woods, it was initially named Spectrum Games and began writing and publishing games for a wide variety of the 8 bit platforms, changing the name to Ocean to avoid confusion with the Sinclair machine.

Ocean bought the Imagine label in late 1984, and also the rights to convert many Konami games to the home micros, these and arcade conversions were largely kept on the Imagine label.

Ocean began buying licenses for films such as Rambo and TV shows like Knight Rider and Street Hawk, but short development times and other factors led to a dip in quality, after a restructure, the rights to more arcade manufacturers games such as Data East and Taito, the studio released games such as Arkanoid, and Operation Wolf and Renegade. Most very highly acclaimed.

By 1987 Ocean was having enormous success with original software once more, with huge hits such as Head Over Heels, Matchday II, Wizball, and Target Renegade.

They had also partnered with Marc Djan and formed Ocean Software France, who would produce games for the 16 bit machines from 1986 to 1991, and also some of the companies published games for the NES and Master System.

In 1989, the company released Robocop, which became one of the biggest selling games of the 1980s, despite being released at the end of the decade, it spent almost a year on top of the sales charts.

Ocean carried on into the 1990s, publishing games for the PC 16 bit micros and consoles, before merging with Infrogrames in a £100 million deal.

They kept to publishing games under the Ocean name until 1998, when they were renamed Infrogrames UK, the parent company bought the Atari name, and published games under this banner, before Bandai bought those assets to form a new company Bandai Entertainment UK in 2009.

 

 

 

Software Products

Amstrad Compilation Disk

Amstrad Compilation Disk
Unknown
N.O.M.A.D Mailstrom Gift from the Gods Cosmic Wartoad Supertest I Supertest II...

Manufacturer : Amstrad / Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Mr. Wimpy

Mr. Wimpy
1983
The Hamburger game, The Greatest game under the Bun...

Manufacturer : Ocean Software Ltd.
Type : Software - Game

Match Day

Match Day
1985
The Hamburger game, The Greatest game under the Bun.

Manufacturer : Ocean Software Ltd.
Type : Software - Game

Daley Thompson's Super Test (Cassette Sealed)

Daley Thompson's Super Test (Cassette Sealed)
1985
Pistol Shooting - Spring Board Diving - Tug o War - Giant Slalom - Rowing - Ski Jump - Penalties - Cycling New and Sealed ...

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Daley Thompson's Super Test (Disk)

Daley Thompson's Super Test (Disk)
1985
Pistol Shooting - Spring Board Diving - Tug o War - Giant Slalom - Rowing - Ski Jump - Penalties - Cycling New and Sealed ...

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Doors Of Doom

Doors Of Doom
1985
...

Manufacturer : Amstrad
Type : Software - Game

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (Hit Squad)

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge (Hit Squad)
1988
DALEY'S BACK! with the chance for you to take on his gruelling role in the ten Olympic Decathlon events. This time the gold medal is not enough, you're out to beat the world record as well and accumul...

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Beach Volley (The Hit Squad)

Beach Volley (The Hit Squad)
1989
...

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Robocop 2 (+3 disk) (Signed)

Robocop 2 (+3 disk) (Signed)
1990
Signed by the Ocean Software team.

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

Push-Over

Push-Over
1992
This version was part of the Commodore Amiga 600's 'The Wild, the Weird & the Wicked' pack, that also contained Putty, Grand Prix, and Deluxe Paint III.

Manufacturer : Red Rat Software/Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game

WWF European Rampage

WWF European Rampage
1992
This version was part of the Commodore Amiga 600's 'The Wild, the Weird & the Wicked' pack, that also contained Putty, Grand Prix, and Deluxe Paint III.

Manufacturer : TitanSports
Type : Software - Game

Alien Breed 3D

Alien Breed 3D
1995
Yet another incredibly well-reviewed Alien Breed game.

Manufacturer : Ocean Software
Type : Software - Game


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