was a computer game programming team consisting initially of Dan Bunten
Danielle Bunten Berry , born Daniel Paul Bunten, and also known as Dan Bunten, was an American game designer and programmer, known for the 1983 game M.U.L.E. , and 1984's The Seven Cities of Gold.-Biography:Bunten was born in St Louis, Missouri, and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas as a...
, Bill Bunten, Jim Rushing, and Alan Watson.
The company was based out of Little Rock, Arkansas
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and had profound success with a few of their early titles. Ozark Softscape had a publishing deal with Electronic Arts
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for several of its groundbreaking games.
M.U.L.E. is a seminal multiplayer video game by Ozark Softscape. It was published in 1983 by Electronic Arts. It was originally written for the Atari 400/800, and was later ported to the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System and the IBM PC Jr. Japanese versions also exist for the...
- The Seven Cities of Gold
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- Heart of Africa
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- Robot Rascals
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- Modem Wars
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In the early 1990s, Ozark Softscape left their partnership with Electronic Arts over a dispute to port some games to cartridge format for the Nintendo
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entertainment system. They began a partnership with Microprose
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to produce two more influential titles:
- Command HQ
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- Global Conquest
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Dan (later Dani) Bunten was arguably the driving force behind Ozark Softscape. A dispute occurred over creating a follow-up to M.U.L.E.
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in 1993, and the company dissolved. Dani Bunten and the others moved to different areas of the software industry.
After Dan's death in 1998; his three children formed a company called MELDANNIC, LLC (which stands for Melanie, Daniel and Nicholas) to preserve their father's legacy. They are currently doing business as Ozark Legacy and have developed a web site devoted to fans and providing current news about remakes of Ozark Softscape games. http://www.OzarkSoftscape.com
--Melanie Butnten Stark 21:27, 18 September 2009 (UTC)