Hits of the 80s - Aussie games that rocked the world

Few people are aware of the small game development studio in South Melbourne and its significant contribution to the games industry. Beam Software created some of the most successful and memorable personal computer games of the 1980s - when games were in their infancy and the home personal computer market had just arrived.

Featured games

View all the games playable in the Games Lab as part of Hits of the 80s including the classics The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The Way of the Exploding Fist.


The story of how a small book publishing company turned to game development and became a world number one.


A timeline tracing the evolution of Beam Software (Melbourne House) from 1978 to 2004.

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