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American Game Cartridges Inc.

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American Game Cartridges Inc (AGCI) was a company producing unlicensed games for the NES. When you look at the (few) games they made, they are actually rather good for an unlicensed company.

AGCI was a subsidiary of Sharedata, producer of various game show games on the PC and Commodore 64 (such as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, etc). Donald Forbes , Scott Schryver and Keith Rupp started making a developmental system to assist them in making games. Richard Frick, who later became the president of AVE, programmed the company\'s first game, Chiller, a 2-player light-gun game that was an affordable hit. More developmental tools were made to assist in the programming of other AGCI games including a maze-editor for Shockwave, a music conversion program, a graphics editor called "NES Paint" as well as other debugging tools.

Shockwave was a space maze game in which you collect crystals. Deathrace was a car-racing game where you must collect the flags and escape the arena. Crossbow was another light-gun game with a better code than Chiller, however, the game was never completed. Wally Bear And The No! Gang was made by AGCI but released by AVE. This is because AGCI was bought out by AVE around 1991 (release date of Wally Bear).

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