Rainbow Arts

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Rainbow Arts Software GmbH
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Founded 1984
Closed 1999
Headquarters Gütersloh (until 1988), Düsseldorf (since 1988), North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Rainbow Arts Software GmbH was a German developer best known for Turrican.

Initially, its founder, Marc Alexander Ullrich from Gütersloh, co-wrote database programs for Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 and sold them to Ariolasoft. Shortly after, he discovered computer games. Specifically awed by Frogger and Falcon Patrol, he had freelancers write extended clones of arcade classics for the still-new Amstrad CPC.

In October 1986, Rainbow Arts Software became a corporation ("GmbH") owned by Rushware and Softgold and focused fully on game development, mainly for Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST and later DOS. Rainbow Arts itself had two labels called Time Warp and Golden Goblins and an office in England.

Over the years, several employees in the creative department left to form their own software companies like Blue Byte and Kaiko. In 1991 or 1992, Ullrich left the video game industry. Funsoft bought Rushware and Softgold, and in December 1998, sold them to THQ, who eventually discontinued Rainbow Arts.


Music Development

Every arranger had his own choice, but Chris Hülsbeck also shared unreleased tools and unreleased updates of his published tools.

Audio Personnel

People who worked on more than one soundtrack for Rainbow Arts are:


Game Platforms

In early 1989, Rainbow Arts was designing an arcade cabinet under an exclusive Rainbow Games label. In a 2019 podcast, Hülsbeck recalled that possible audio hardware designs included FM Synthesis with up to 2 DACs, but also that the market was declining, and that some graphics may have ended up in X-Out (AMI).

Sound Devices