as Beam Software back in 1980, Infogrames Melbourne House came to
world games prominence in 1982 with the legendary game The Hobbit.
A world first in its use of graphics and images, The Hobbit was
revolutionary in its use of real-time gaming.The Hobbit
transformed the world games scene and was a runaway best seller
with over a million units sold.
Future success was to follow (1984) with the The Hobbits
sequel, again based on JRR Tolkeins novels, The Lord of the
Rings. Selling over half a million units, The Lord of the Rings
confirmed that Australian games production was leading the world
both in design and technology.
1986 was the year of the Way of the Exploding Fist. Widely regarded
as the first ever one on one home beat 'em up, this Commodore 64
classic sold over half a million units and was number 1 in sales
throughout Europe in 1986, while Melbourne House, Beams publishing
label, titles accounted for 20% of all games sold worldwide in that
Following the blockbuster success of these early games Beam went
on to make a further 75 game titles including the renowned Shadowrun
and Smash TV for SNES, the 3D based Mechwarrior, and the Dame Was
Loaded just to name a few.
In 1996 Beam Software became the first publicly listed games company
on the Australian Stock Exchange. Following its listing Melbourne
House marked its listing with seminal Krush Kill and Destroy (KKND)
for Playstation . Further successes followed with KKND2, Cricket
97, Alien Earth and the stylish racing game Dethkarz.