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Ocean Software

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'''Ocean Software''', founded in 1982 by David Ward and Jon Woods, was one of the biggest (British) European games developers for the CPCacross all home computing platforms.
Ocean developed not only for the CPC of course but also for Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
They also were one As well as an impressive back catalogue of the few CPC games, Ocean's has left a legacy touching every major companies that supported gaming platform of the 1980s including the [[Plus|PlusZX Spectrum]] range (especially so since their cartridge game, Burnin' Rubber[[Commodore 64]], was distributed with each CPC+ computer). [[Atari ST]], [[Amiga]], [[PC]], [[NES]], [[SNES]], [[Master System]] and [[Mega Drive]]
During the 80s Ocean was one of the biggest software companies, constantly crunching out new titles.
At one point Although they even absorbed developed and supported a number of original games and ideas, they will be forever associated in the mind of the casual game with their [[TV & Movie Licence games]] and ports of the latest arcade hits from [[Konami]] and [[Taito]], the latest of which Ocean always seemed to be advertising up to six months in advance of release in the magazines of the day!  By the time the CPC had arrived on the scene, Ocean had already beaten their North-East rivals [[Imagine]] who had overreached themselves in the battle for supremacy. Ocean took on the brand name for themselves and made a number of key releases on the label in the following years.  As well as Imagine, Ocean developed the [[Hit Squad]] label as a budget house to re-release their old titles (along with a number of other titles by third parties).  Their position as one of the key CPC developers is secured thanks to their involvement with the Plus range. Chosen by Amstrad as an ambitious ideal partner to provide launch software house that went bust, it was Ocean who developed and produced [[Burnin' Rubber]], the game included with the GX4000 and the Plus range of machines.  
A short-lived serious software arm, [[Ocean IQ|Ocean IQ]], published the [[Laser Basic|Laser Basic]], [[Laser Genius|Laser Genius]] and [[Laser BASIC Compiler|Laser Compiler]] titles.
Although Ocean put out some really good games, they also built a reputation of publishing trash games based on movie licence after movie licence. They also released a lot of Arcade ports.
In 1998 [[Infogrames|Infogrames]] bought As with all games developers, and particularly true of a group with the huge output of Ocean Software, the quality can vary wildly from game to game but thanks to their savvy maketing and more than a few classic games, Ocean will always tend to be remembered favourably.  
But OCEAN remains a classic suppliers of well made CPC games, most of In 1998 the best CPC productions were released Ocean name finally disappeared when the group, who had been unable to move with their brand logothe times into the 32-bit era was bought out by [[Infogrames]].
== Releases for CPC ==