Roklan

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Roklan Corporation was a Chicago-area publisher and contract developer headed by Larry Gabriel [1], started in the 1970s as a management consulting firm. [2] Ron Borta joined in 1980 and started the Computer Technology Group, also known as Roklan Software. [3] From there, the company grew to about 60 employees at its peak, with about 350 titles for about 20 publishers claimed to have been produced. Due to the downturn in the video game market, Roklan focused on educational software, then shut down in 1984. [4] After that, some former employees started On-Time Software.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, interviews, online resources

2600

  • Crazy Climber (US Publisher: Atari) [Joe Gaucher, Alex Leavens]
  • Firefox / Fighter Command / Combat II (unreleased) (Atari) [Bob Curtiss]
Firefox was mentioned by Borta on the ANTIC podcast. According to the Digital Press guide, it appears in old Atari documents. [5]
  • Gorf (US Publisher: CBS Electronics) [Joe Gaucher (programmer); Kathy Von (graphics); Dan Kurczewski (sound)]
Alex Leavens claimed authorship of this port in a 1983 interview with Video Games Player magazine but this is disputed. [6]
  • Gyruss (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Joe Gaucher]
  • Popeye (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Joe Gaucher]
  • Racer (unreleased) (Atari) [Joe Gaucher]
  • RealSports Basketball (unreleased) (Atari) [Joe Gaucher]
  • Super Cobra (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Paul Crowley, Bob Curtiss]
An earlier version was started at Parker Brothers by programmer Mike Brodie but not completed. [7]
  • Wizard of Wor (US Publisher: CBS Electronics) [Joe Hellesen, Joe Wagner]

5200

  • Deluxe Invaders (unreleased) [8]
  • Gorf (US Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Wizard of Wor (US Publisher: CBS Electronics) [Joe Hellesen, Joe Wagner] [9]

Apple II

  • Berzerk (unreleased?) [Jorn Barger] [10]
  • Picture Parts (US Publisher: Roklan)
  • Pyramid Puzzler
  • Space Journey (US Publisher: Thunder Mountain)
  • Star Maze (US Publisher: Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing)
  • Wizard of Wor (unreleased?) [Jorn Barger]

Atari 8-bit

  • Anti-Sub Patrol (US Publisher: Roklan)
  • Art of Division: Division I (unreleased?) (Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing)
  • Cheez-Wiz (unreleased)
  • Crazy Maze Race (unreleased)
  • Da'Fuzz (unreleased) (Roklan) [Ron Borta]
  • Deluxe Invaders (US Publisher: Roklan) [Joe Hellesen]
  • Donald Duck (unreleased) (Atari/Disney Software)
  • Eyes (unreleased) (Roklan)
  • Firefox (unreleased) (Atari)
Mentioned by Borta on the ANTIC podcast. According to the Digital Press guide, it appears in old Atari documents. [11]
  • Frog Jump (unreleased?) (Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing)
  • Gorf (US Publisher: Roklan)
  • Gyruss (unreleased version) (Parker Brothers) [Anthony Weber]
  • Mickey in the Great Outdoors (US Publisher: Atari/Disney Software)
  • Number Bowling (unreleased?) (Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing)
  • Pac-Man (US Publisher: Atari) [Joe Hellesen]
  • Peter Pan's Daring Journey / Peter Pan's Daring Escape / Captain Hook's Revenge (unreleased) (Atari/Disney Software) [12]
Borta mentioned Peter Pan: The Great Adventures on the ANTIC podcast.
  • Picture Parts (US Publisher: Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing) [Joe Wagner]
  • Pursuit of the Pink Panther (unreleased) (Probe 2000)
  • Pyramid Puzzler (unreleased?) (Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing)
  • Reading Flight (unreleased?) (Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing/Roklan)
  • Rockball (unreleased) (Roklan) [Anthony Weber]
  • Scouter (unreleased) [Gary LaPointe] [13]
  • Space Journey (US Publisher: Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing/Roklan)
  • Star Maze (US Publisher: Scott, Foresman Electronic Publishing/Roklan)
  • Super Cobra (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Ed Schneider] [14]
  • Wizard of Wor (US Publisher: Roklan)

Commodore 64

  • Cave of the Word Wizard (US Publisher: Timeworks) [Patrick Quinn]
Speech: Electronic Speech Systems
Mentioned by Borta on the ANTIC podcast
  • Q*bert (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Rockball (unreleased) (Roklan)

IBM

  • B.C.'s Quest for Tires (US Publisher: Sierra On-Line)

Intellivision

  • Carnival (US/CA Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Donkey Kong (US Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Donkey Kong Junior (US Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Frogger (US/CA/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Mouse Trap (US Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Popeye (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Q*bert (US/CA/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (US/CA/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Super Cobra (CA/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Tutankham (EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Venture (US Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)
  • Zaxxon (US Publisher: Coleco; EU Publisher: CBS Electronics)

TI-99/4A

  • Robotron: 2084 (unreleased) (Atarisoft) [Bill Parod] [15]

VIC-20

  • Frogger (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Paul Crowley]
  • Pursuit of the Pink Panther (unreleased) (Probe 2000)
  • Q*bert (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [Paul Crowley]

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