'Amusement Software' (Japanese: アミューズメントソフトウェア, Hepburn: 'Amyūzumento Sofutouea') was a Tokyo, Japan-based video game company who was known for making computer software for the first-generation series of home computers such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, PC-88/98, and the IBM PC. Asides from publishing computer games, they have also published games on the Nintendo Entertainment System and the arcades as well.
Amusement Software was widely known for creating the Touhou Project series and its many spin-offs on the Famicom Disk System. Amusement Software went bankrupt shortly after the release of Touhou 5: Mystic Square in 1988. Shortly after the bankruptcy, Drillimation Studios acquired all of their assets. Almost all staff from Amusement Software joined Drillimation Studios shortly after the bankruptcy. Subsequent titles that were currently in development at the time of the bankruptcy include the first game Seihou Project series as well as the spin-off game Torte Le Magic, both of which were finished at Drillimation Studios. Drillimation had used the Amusement Software brand upon publication, which gave it the illusion of them being still around. Drillimation stopped using the name in 1993 due to criticism.
Driller Engine 1 Era
|Touhou Reiiden: Highly Responsive to Prayers||1986|
|Touhou 2: Story of Eastern Wonderland||1987|
|Touhou 3: The Phantasmagoria of Dimensional Dreams||1987|
|Touhou 4: Lotus Land Story||1988|
|Touhou 5: Mystic Square||1988|
|The Drillimation Series by Drillimation Studios and Bandai Namco Holdings|
|Franchises||Chuhou Joutai · Driller Engine Grand Prix · HotShots Party · Otter Magician Sammy · Mr. Driller · Patry · Space Nexus · Super Smash Keyboards · Touhou Project · Shōkan|
|Developers||Edret Games · Seymour Games · Team Shanghai Alice · Twilight Frontier|
|Former/Defunct||Amusement Software · Bladesteel Games · Storer Enterprises · Tenma Games|