An ongoing effort to archive, preserve and open source the works that was published under the Microdeal and Michtron-label. Focus is on the Amiga, but there will be other platforms too.

History

This page was started after contacting John Symes, founder of Microdeal. He was supportive of the project of preserving the Microdeal/Michtron titles, and also mentioned that they only acted as publishers, and that the works belonged to their different authors. Their publishing rights were sold to HiSoft after they closed doors.

That initiated an ongoing search for the different authors involved (in the Amiga production mainly, but often that is tied to other platforms too) and asking for their permissions, and also asking if they have any of their old works preserved.

For more information about Microdeal and their ties to Michtron, see their entry at Wikipedia. As for their sister company in the U.S, Michtron, it had some in-house development, and was sold further after closing doors. After reaching out to the current Michtron-rights holders, The Dorsman family, they were glad to help!

We, the relatives of Mr James A. Dorsman, owner of former Creative Computer Corps. lets any eventual exisiting copyright for the MichTron titles return to their respective authors with the intent of allowing them to open source, or release their works to public domain. If you’re in touch with the original authors of Airball, Time Bandit, TangleWood, etc. – it would be great to get those sources and games into the project! It would be great to even play some of them again.

If the source code is lost, we still would like to preserve and release the disc images and other memorabila, under MIT (or something else, it is up the author), which allows a liberal usage.

And finally - yes, all titles have been available for many years from different abandonware sites, but this is an effort to also preserve and make the usage fully legal and correct, respecting the authors works and letting anyone interested in seeing how the programs were constructed back in that era get a peek into the essentials, and also letting anyone interested in retro tech even rebuild and fix that irritating bug, create that new level and so on.

Program list

Title
Slaygon
A classic rpg dungeon crawler
Slipstream
A classic arcade game/3d scroller
Quartet
A classic music program for Amiga and Atari
Tanglewood
A puzzle/adventure game
Turbo Trax
A racing game

Ongoing permission effort

Author Title Role Permission
Ian Murray-Wattson Tanglewood Programmer Yes
Ian Murray-Watson Turbo Trax Programmer Yes
Pete Lyon Airball Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Soccer Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Airball Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Fright Night Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Gold Runner Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Karate Kid 2 Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Leatherneck Graphics Yes
Pete Lyon Tanglewood Graphics Yes
Harry Lafnear Major Motion Graphics Yes
Harry Lafnear Time Bandit Graphics Yes
John Symes * Microdeal Founder Yes
Bill Dunlevy Time Bandit Programmer Maybe
Timothy Purves Goldrunner 2 Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Major Motion Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Slaygon Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Talespin Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Tetra Quest Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Time Bandit Programmer (Amiga) Positive
Timothy Purves Tanglewood Programmer (Amiga) Positive
John Conley Slaygon Graphics & Music Yes
James Oxley Slaygon Programmer Yes
Chris Kew Jupiter Probe Graphics Pending
Chris Kew Tetra Quest Graphics Pending
Paul Shields Airball Music Can’t locate
Paul Shields Soccer Music Can’t locate
Paul Shields Goldrunner 2 Music Can’t locate
Paul Shields Jug Music Can’t locate
Paul Shields Tetra Quest Music Can’t locate
Ed Scio Airball Programmer Pending
Ed Scio Soccer Programmer Pending
Paul Hunter Airball Music Pending
Paul Hunter Soccer Music Code Pending
Paul Hunter Jug Programmer Pending
Mark Heaton Talespin Programmer Pending
Rudyard Heaton Grail Design Pending
Kevin Cowtan Quartet Programmer Yes
Rob Povey Quartet Programmer Yes
Dan Lennard Quartet Programmer (Amiga) Yes
Dorsman family (CCC) * Michtron righs holder Yes
Paul Frewin Tetra Quest Programmer (Atari ST) Yes
Ian Potts Slipstream * Yes