|Founded||January 6, 1983|
|Other Names||Novotrade, Novotrade International|
Appaloosa Interactive Corporation was founded in 1983 as Novotrade by the Hungarian government as a currency company, but later became involved in distributing computer hardware and software. They published their first video game in 1988. The company changed names to Appaloosa Interactive, Co. on November 4th, 1996, but after too many unprofitable games, finally shutdown in 2006. Many of the developers went on to work at Mithis Games. When they developed NES games, the company didn't put staff credits, because Novotrade had calls offered many jobs by other developers, in a similar manner to Rare, but when they started developing Sega Genesis games, the company would've been better about game credits.
Antal Zolnai told C64.COM:
The most common driver is Musicmaster (from Soundmonitor), indeed optimized and relocated several times. On Water Polo (C64), Master Composer was used, also optimized. Other games have unique drivers.
Novotrade used a reprogrammed version of the GEMS sound driver. Atilla Roka is credited for sound programming in the credits for Exosquad.
The Magic School Bus Space Exploration Game and Ecco Jr. use an unmodified version of GEMS.
For their port of California Games, composer Andras Magyari used Tony Williams' sound driver.
- András Magyari
- Attila Dobos
- Attila Héger
- Brian Coburn
- Peter Gosztola
- Spencer Nilsen
- Szabolcs Tóth
- Tibor Bikics
- Tibor Sallai
Commodore Újság 12/87, Gábor Pongyor (right) on a C64, Antal Zolnai on a C64C.