Cinemaware was originally founded as “Master Designer Software” in 1985. It changed to “Cinemaware Corporation” the following year.
The original classic games included movie ticket replicas. After collecting several, one could exchange them for a free Cinemaware game!
TV Sports Baseball and Boxing were released in the USA by Data East under the titles "Bo Jackson Baseball" and "ABC's Wide World of Sports Boxing", respectively.
Defender of the Crown was considered one of the most ported titles in history.
The King of Chicago was originally programmed and released on the Macintosh. It took only 10 months for Doug Sharp to convert this masterpiece to the Amiga.
Wings co-writer Ken Melville was also writer and producer for "Sewer Shark" - one of the first FMV games for the Sega CD under the Digital Pictures banner.
The Three Stooges was also available on the NES, published by Activision.
Cinemaware originally coined the term 'Interactive Movie' years before it resurfaced in the ill-fated, full-motion video Hollywood influx of the mid-90's.
Defender of the Crown and Lords of the Rising Sun were also available on the ill-fated Philips CD-i system.
Defender of the Crown and The Three Stooges Digitally Remastered Collector's Editions were only released in Europe in the English and German languages.
The Kristal was the only game released under the Cinemaware brand which was not developed by the company. It was developed by UK-based Fissionchip Software and was not part of the original Cinemaware intellectual properties.
The GBA version of Wings actually featured the ability to play the entire campaign from the German side as well.
Ken Goldstein, one of the writers on Wings, had just come from NBC's "Hill Street Blues" series, where he was the writing supervisor.
Cinemaware's first publisher was Mindscape before the company started self-publishing. Mirrorsoft represented the brand in Europe.
The original “TV Sports Football” was eventually the inspiration for “John Madden Football” by EA. Many of the original Cinemaware programmers were responsible for this first EA Sports title.
The German version of Rocket Ranger featured aliens on the moon instead of Nazis, due to German censorship laws enforced at the time.
A very rare “Girls of Cinemaware” calendar was published in the UK’s The ONE magazine in the early 90’s. It featured girls from the cancelled “Rollerbabes” project.
Rocket Ranger spawned a series of comic books that were published by Adventure Comics. Five issues were published.
Lords of the Rising Sun is considered the spiritual predecessor to the Shogun: Total War series by Creative Assembly.
TV Sports Baseball and Boxing were released in Europe but in the US under different brands.
Defender of the Crown II was released on the CDTV and Amiga CD32. The game was produced by Jim Sachs, the original artist behind the first title in the series.
The music for the Commodore 64 version of Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon was composed by the Singing Electrons.
The Three Stooges was the only Cinemaware title to be available for PS One. It was a straight port of the GBA version.
Each Cinemaware title enjoyed #1 status on the UK charts upon release.
A version of It Came from the Desert was developed for the Sega Genesis, but never released. It had little resemblance to the original game, focusing on action elements instead.
Rocket Ranger was also available on the NES, published by Kemco.
A never-released Cinemaware concept title was called “The Enemy Within”. It featured a rogue secret agent that the player had to command in order to accomplish several missions around the world.
An original extreme sports title called “Rollerbabes” was in production shortly before Cinemaware closed in 1991. It featured bikini-babes playing arena-style hockey.
The movie theater depicted in the inside box cover of classic Cinemaware games is an actual theater in Los Angeles.
Lizard Breath, the fictional town at the center of It Came from the Desert, was actually built as a Plasticville model on a huge platform and shot from above using an overhead camera!
Several of Cinemaware’s titles were released in Japan on very rare formats; Rocket Ranger was available on CD-ROM for the Fujitsu FM-Towns, a highly-advanced CD-based PC at the time.
An add-on was released for It Came from the Desert, called 'Antheads'. It featured a totally new storyline.
The PC version of It Came From the Desert was ported by British Developer Level 9.
Defender of the Crown was also available on the NES, published by Konami.
Cinemaware has fans all over the world and as far away as Singapore, Malaysia and Argentina. Nearly half of our fans are located in Europe and Australia.
An unofficial sequel to Wings, called "Wings 2: Aces High" was actually released for the SNES. The game was produced by Acme Interactive for Namco in the early 90s.
Although it was not technically a true sequel, Defender of the Crown II enhanced the original with features like digital voice-overs and enhanced animation.
It Came from the Desert for Turbografx-16 CD featured the first use of full-motion video and CD-quality music in a console videogame.