Synergistic Software: The Early Games released by A.P.P.L.E.

Seattle, Washington — June 19, 2017 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and Robert Clardy are proud to announce the immediate availability of the book Synergistic Software: The Early Games.

Synergistic Software, founded by Robert C. Clardy, established itself as a computer game company in 1978 and produced more than 160 titles over the next 20 years, encompassing games, business, educational, and utility software.  This book focuses on Synergistic’s early games between 1978 and 1982, primarily for the Apple II computer, and includes enhanced manuals for:

Apventure to Atlantis, Bolo, Crisis Mountain, Death Run, Doom Cavern, Dungeon Campaign, Escape From Arcturus, Microbe, Nightmare Gallery, Odyssey, Procyon Warrior, Sorcerer’s Challenge, Tank Attack, U-Boat Command, and Wilderness Campaign.  Additionally, two manuals for the Atari 800 are included: Probe One and Warlock’s Revenge.  As a bonus, Clardy shares detailed insights into what makes a good computer game and the programming challenges he experienced.

 

Availability

Synergistic Software: The Early Games is available in Softcover and Hardcover through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com.  Disk images for these games can be downloaded here.

Another A.P.P.L.E. title from Robert Clardy:  Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software in Softcover and Hardcover.

 

Features

  245 pages of vintage Synergistic Software enhanced game manuals, complete with screenshots and cover art.
  9 page Forward from Robert C. Clardy, written in 1986, that was originally included with a compilation of his adventure games. It describes how he started Synergistic Software as well as his insights into what makes a good computer game and the programming challenges he experienced.

 

Producers

Brian Wiser — Apple consultant, historian and archivist.  Designer, editor, and co-producer of several books including: Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution, The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition.  Producer/Director of the documentary film Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster.  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris, and is a co-producer/writer for CallApple.org and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.

Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, Programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, Cyber Jack, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition. Bill also co-produced and co-programmed the retro iOS game Structris.

 

Publisher

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985.  Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer, and has produced over a dozen new book titles since 2013 in addition to over 100 Apple software titles.

A.PP.L.E. produced and published the The WOZPAK Special Edition – a detailed book containing Steve Wozniak’s restored handwritten notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also published:  Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution by Mike Harvey, What’s Where in The Apple: Enhanced Edition, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition by David H. Ahl, The A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.

Press Information is available at:  www.callapple.org/press

About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.