Saturday, June 10, 2017

Gaming Ads: Bullet-Proof Software, Bullfrog Productions, and California Dreams

Bullet-Proof Software was founded in Japan by Dutch game designer Henk Rogers in 1983. Henk started the company to publish The Black Onyx, one of the first role-playing games developed in Japan. His company had close ties with Nintendo and Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov as well, publishing Yoshi's Cookie and a variety of Tetris games up until its closing in 2001.

Bullfrog Productions was a British developer founded by Les Edgar and Peter Molyneux in 1987. It made a name for itself developing innovative simulation and strategy games, such as Populous, Theme Park, Syndicate, and Dungeon Keeper. Electronic Arts published most of Bullfrog's games before acquiring the developer in 1995. Peter Molyneux left the company to found Lionhead Studios (Black & White, The Movies, Fable) in 1997 while Les Edgar left his management position but continued to work with the company as a consultant in 1999. Electronic Arts moved Bullfrog in 2000 and stopped using the studio's name in 2001. I only have two ads for Bullfrog though some of its titles do appear in multi-game ads from Electronic Arts.

California Dreams was a publishing brand used by Logical Design Works that released 10 computer games between 1987 and 1991. All of the ads I have for the publisher are on the small side as none of them were full page ads.

Flickr album: Bullet-Proof Software
Flickr album: Bullfrog Productions
Flickr album: California Dreams

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