Chris Oberth

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Christian H. Oberth
Chris Oberth - 01.jpg
Gender Male
Born 1953-05-17
Birth Place Mundelein, Illinois, USA
Nationality American   USA.svg
Died 2012-07-14 (Aged 59)

Chris Oberth was an American video game developer. He was noted for programming many Apple II games. Among his famous works are for the arcade game Anteater and his Apple II conversion Ardy the Aardvark.

Unfortunately, Oberth passed away from unknown causes on July 14, 2012.

Audio Development

Apple II

Oberth most likely wrote the sound and music for the games he programmed, as he was the sole developer. He most likely wrote the music in 6502 assembly.


For the unreleased Days of Thunder NES game, Oberth wrote the music in 6502 assembly macros on Nick Eastridge's NES sound driver. In addition, Chris also slightly modified Nick's driver, and this variant was used in Dirty Harry (NES).


Though Chris was never known to be credited under an alias, he was nicknamed "Obi-Wan" by some of his colleagues, in reference to the titular Star Wars character. This was most likely due to his last name sounding similar. Also, the source code for Days of Thunder credits him as OBE.


Released Title Sample Notes
1978-??-?? 3-D Docking (A2)
1978-??-?? Depth Charge (A2)
1979-??-?? Cycle Jump (A2)
1979-??-?? Dart Room (A2)
1979-??-?? Moto-Cross (A2)
1979-??-?? Phasor Zap (A2)
1981-??-?? Armored Car (ARC) With Gunars Licitis.
1982-??-?? Rescue (ARC)
1982-??-?? Taz-Mania (ARC) With Gunars Licitis.
1983-??-?? Ardy the Aardvark (A2)
1984-12-?? Boulder Dash (CV)
1985-01-?? One-on-One (CV)
1990-12-?? Dirty Harry (NES)
Game uses Chris's variant of Nick Eastridge's sound driver.
1994-??-?? Taz-Mania (GG) Composer?
Unreleased Days of Thunder: Mindscape (NES)
With Lou Haehn.

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