|Reason for dissolution||Closure by parent company Brøderbund|
|Seat||Richmond, California , United States|
Synapse Software was a US software company. It was based in Richmond , California . The company was founded by Ihor Wolosenko and Ken Grant and was one of the better-known software houses in the 1980s.
Well-known productions include Fort Apocalypse by Steve Hales , Blue Max and Shamus by William Mataga, and the adventure Mindwheel , on which Hales and Mataga worked with the poet Robert Pinsky . The action games programmed by Bill Williams for Synapse also sold well; the Ludo historian Jimmy Maher calls Synapse Software the "masters of Atari 8-bit action games". The covers of the Synapse games were designed by Tim Boxell, who had previously drawn comics and was a friend of Wolosenko.
The studio also produced user software for the Atari home computers . Programs like SynFile or SynCalc were partly aimed at professional users and were published by Atari . After the video game Crash 1983, Atari was sold to Jack Tramiel , who refused to pay for 40,000 Synapse software products that had already been shipped. In 1984 Synapse got into financial difficulties and signed a contract in October 1984 that regulated the takeover by Brøderbund . Two years later, Synapse was closed due to a lack of profitability. Another text adventure, which had the world of the samurai as its content, was completed by this time, but was no longer published.
|Alley Cat||1983||Jump 'n' run||Ariolasoft|
|Blue Max 2001||1984||Action||Ariolasoft|
- Interview with Ihor Wolosenko ANTIC VOL. 2, NO. 1 / APRIL 1983 / PAGE 21
- Steve Hale's interview. In: James Hague: Halcyon Days. (English)
- Filfre.net: Bill Williams: The Story of a Life. Retrieved May 6, 2018 .
- ROM # 9, December / January 1985, p. 23: Synapse: A Business Approach. Retrieved September 22, 2016 .
- InverseAtAscii.info: S1E6 Synapse SynFile + - Supplement. Retrieved September 22, 2016 .
- Jack Powell: Synapse merges with Brøderbund. In: Antic, Vol. 4, No. 3, July 1985, p. 16 (English)
- Filfre.net: Bookware's Sunset. Retrieved April 21, 2018 .