Ariolasoft GmbH, later known as United Software, was a German video game developer, publisher and distributor. It started in 1983[1] as the software subsidiary of Ariola Records, itself the record division of Germany's large Bertelsmann empire. From 1985 to 1988 Stephen Molyneux, formerly Head of Software at Atari International GmbH in Hamburg, held the position of Head of Software[2] with responsibility for international negotiations and licensing of software at its headquarters in Munich. Ariolasoft also had a British subsidiary, Ariolasoft UK, which was run by Ashley Gray (later replaced by Willie Carminke) and Frank Brunger.[1]

Ariolasoft GmbH
Company typeGmbH (subsidiary of Ariola Records)
IndustryVideo games
FounderAriola Records
Defunct1993 (1993)[1]
FateAcquired by MicroProse Germany
SuccessorUnited Software[1]
Area served
ProductsComputer games
SubsidiariesAriolasoft UK

The company released games for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST and Amiga systems. It was also the German publisher for Activision games developed for the Atari 2600, and the European publisher for Electronic Arts and Broderbund games, before those companies set up their own European offices. Ariolasoft also developed the cassette ports of those titles, and also developed original games. In addition to software activities, they were also the German distributor of the Master System between approximately 1987 and 1988.[1]

In 1990, the company was renamed United Software, which in 1993 was taken over by MicroProse Germany.[1]

Original games

Game name Developer
Atomix Thalion Software
Adventure Construction Set
Challenge of the Gobots Reaktor
Deactivators Tigress Marketing
Golf Construction Set Chris Palmer, David Bishop
Hanse Ralf Glau
Hellowoon: Das Geheimins des Zauberstabs Dragonware Games
Kaiser Creative Computer Design (Markus Mergard, Claudio Kronmüller, Dirk Beyelstein)
Ooze: Als die Geister mürbe wurden… Dragonware Games
Starfox Realtime Games Software
They Stole A Million 39 Steps, Tigress Marketing
Vermeer Ralf Glau




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  2. ^ Molyneux, Stephen. "Stephen Molyneux LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Airline (Commodore 64)". Pirates Portal. Retrieved 4 November 2019.