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Ambrosia Software is a predominantly Macintosh software company located in Rochester, New York. Ambrosia produces utilities and games. Its products are distributed as shareware; demo versions can be downloaded and used for up to 30 days.

Ambrosia's best-selling program is the utility Snapz Pro X,[1] although the company is better known for the production and the distribution of games. It was incorporated August 18, 1993, by its president, Andrew Welch, after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992.[2]

The first game produced by Ambrosia was Maelstrom, a remake of the Asteroids arcade game. Maelstrom and won a number of software awards.[3] This initial success led Ambrosia to release several more arcade-style games. These included Apeiron (a remake of Centipede), and Swoop (a remake of Galaxian).

The unofficial mascot of Ambrosia Software is Hector the Parrot.



Ambrosia Software's games, in order of release:

  • Maelstrom
  • Chiral
  • Apeiron — later ported to Mac OS X
  • Swoop
  • Barrack
  • Escape Velocity
  • Avara
  • Bubble Trouble — later ported to Mac OS X
  • Harry the Handsome Executive
  • Mars Rising
  • EV Override
  • Slithereens
  • Cythera
  • Ares
  • Ferazel's Wand
  • Pillars of Garendall
  • Deimos Rising
  • Coldstone game engine
  • Escape Velocity Nova
  • Bubble Trouble XMac OS X port of original, with minor gameplay changes
  • pop-pop
  • UplinkMac OS X port
  • Aki
  • Apeiron XMac OS X port of the original, with enhanced graphics
  • GooBall
  • DarwiniaMac OS X port
  • El Ballo
  • Redline
  • SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
  • DEFCONMac OS X port
  • pop-pop — Universal Binary release
  • Uplink — Universal Binary release
  • Aki — Universal Binary release
  • Mondo Solitaire
  • Aki — iPhone/iPod Touch release
  • AquariaMac OS X port
  • Escape Velocity Nova — Universal Binary release
  • MultiwiniaMac OS X port

Ambrosia, in conjunction with DG Associates, has also released the Escape Velocity Nova Card Game.

Productivity Software[]

Ambrosia Software's utilities, in order of release:

  • Eclipse
  • Big Cheese Key
  • FlashWrite
  • FlashWrite ][
  • ColorSwitch
  • Snapz
  • To Do!
  • Oracle
  • ColorSwitch Pro
  • Snapz Pro— Screen capture application
  • iSeek — Desktop search application
  • Snapz Pro XMac OS X-compatible version of original
  • WireTap Pro — Audio recording utility
  • Screen Cleaner ProApril Fool's joke
  • EasyEnvelopesMac OS X v10.4 and Mac OS X v10.5 Dashboard widget
  • DragsterFile transfer application
  • iToneriPhone custom ringtone transfer utility
  • WireTap Studio — Audio recording, editing and master storage; won a 2007 "Eddy Award" from Macworld
  • WireTap Anywhere — professional virtual audio patchbay utility, enabling the recording of any Mac OS X application's audio output from within any Mac OS X audio application.
  • SoundboardMac OS X Audio playback ("computerized cart machine")

"Crippled" shareware[]

One of Ambrosia's founding mantras was that shareware software should not be distributed as crippleware. The company's software was released on the honor system with only a short reminder that you had used the unregistered software for "x" amount of time, creating what is commonly called nagware. This policy has since been changed and the company today employs typical shareware piracy prevention measures. Their software products now fall under the category of crippleware. An article in the company's newsletter, the Ambrosia Times, outlines the factors that played into the policy change.[4]


  1. MacSlash Interview: Andrew Welch of Ambrosia
  2. "Home-grown Ambrosia feeds software niche", Michael Saffran. In RIT: The University Magazine, Vol. 10, #1
  3. Into the Maelstrom. The Mac Observer (199-12-08). Retrieved on 2007-07-08
  4. Andrew Welch (2000-01-22). Ambrosia Times: President's Letter: On CDs and Shareware. Ambrosia Software. Retrieved on 2008-06-25

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