Rainbow Arts

The Rainbow Arts Software GmbH was founded in 1984 in Gütersloh companies in the computer game industry. It worked both as a developer as well as publisher and reached by its own C64 and Amiga games have a high level of awareness. Rainbow Arts was at times one of the largest German and European companies in the field of computer games.


Rainbow Arts was founded in 1984 by Thomas Meiertoberens and Marc Alexander Ullrich in Gutersloh, the company headquarters was relocated but after the separation of the CEO to Dusseldorf, as the company's shares were sold to the company Soft Gold, which in turn belonged to Rushware group. One of the early games of the company was Madness.

From the mid- 1980s Rainbow Arts celebrated huge success, with well-known titles such as the popular Turrican series, MadTV, Katakis or The Great Giana Sisters. Meanwhile, Rainbow Arts was even one of Europe's largest computer games company. Many well-known and sometimes even today active even in the computer game industry figures such as Armin Gessert, Manfred Trenz, Thomas Hertzler, Chris Hülsbeck, Boris Schneider, Martin Gaksch, Teut Weidemann, Celal Kandemiroglu and Hans Ippisch worked at least temporarily for Rainbow Arts.

The demise of the company began in the early 1990s: The sales did not make it, the title cover costs worldwide to sell, while the development costs increased continuously. The name Rainbow Arts lost since notoriety. The parent company Soft gold was in turn bought out in 1999 by the American game producer THQ. The name Rainbow Arts was finally be discontinued from 1999.


Rainbow Arts Software GmbH was known among other things, one of the first processes to the question of whether a competitive relationship exists between a software house and a, powered by a student, bulletin board system, so sign legal claims are enforceable. This was confirmed by the District Court of Munich.

The Rainbow Arts Software GmbH was represented in these proceedings by a lawyer Günter Freiherr von Gravenreuth. This decision led to a significant uncertainty in the mailbox scene.

Computer Games (selection)

  • 3001 O'Connor 's Fight
  • The Baby of Can Guru
  • Bad Cat
  • The Birds and the Bees II: Antics
  • Bozuma
  • Circus Attractions
  • Curse of RA
  • Danger Freak
  • Denaris
  • East vs. West: Berlin 1948
  • Future tank
  • Garrison
  • Graffiti Man
  • Grand Monster Slam
  • The Great Giana Sisters
  • Hard 'n Heavy
  • Imperium Romanum
  • In 80 Days Around the World
  • Jinks
  • Katakis
  • Logical
  • Lollypop
  • M.U.D.S. (Mean Ugly Dirty Sport)
  • Mad TV
  • Madness
  • Master Blazer Sequel to Lucasfilm 's Ball Blazer
  • Mystery of the Mummy
  • Oxxonian
  • Rock'n Roll
  • R-Type
  • Rendering Ranger R ²
  • Soldier
  • Spherical
  • Star Ball
  • Star Trash
  • Sunnyshine
  • To be on Top
  • Turrican
  • Turrican II: The Final Fight
  • Turrican 3: Payment Day
  • The Volleyball Simulator
  • Warriors
  • X -Out
  • Z -Out