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Phoenix Games is a partly-defunct Dutch video game publisher founded by Willie Horden, Paul Share (died 2011) and Steve Share, that released a large amount of low-effort titles for the Sony PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows and the Nintendo Wii. They had contracts with over 50 developer Studios around the globe.

They published games based on Dingo Pictures films on the aforementioned consoles (barring Windows). Their last known published game was Lion and the King 3 on Nintendo DS, released on February 12th, 2010. Up to 2011 they rereleased their titles on doffrent platforms.

Phoenix games E3 2004

Phoenix Games at E3 2004

The German Video Game Archive claims that they published 99 games on the PlayStation 2 alone.[1]

Phoenix Games Group[]

Phoenix Games was devised between three companies, Phoenix Games B.V., Phoenix Games Ltd. and Phoenix Games Asia. The group was an exhibitor at E3 in 2005.[2] Also they went to ECTS2003.[3]

Phoenix Games B.V.[]

Founded in May 2002 by Willie Horden[4] and Paul and Steve Share. They had a UK subsidiary based in Leicester. They were exhibitors of E3 2004[5] 2005[6] and 2006[7] and were located in De Pinckart 46g, 5674 CC Nuenen in the Netherlands.

Phoenix Games B.V. declared bankruptcy on August 3rd, 2010. On March 27th, 2012 the bankruptcy was suspended due to a lack of income.[8]

Phoenix Games LTD[]

Phoenix Games LTD is still a active registered company in the UK located at 48 Boundary Rd, Newark, Notts, United Kingdom, NG24 4AL.[9] Their original address was 53 Malcolm Way, Snaresbrook, London, E11 1PW.

Phoenix Games Asia[]

Phoenix Games Asia was located at 24 Sukhumvit, Soi 11, Unit 3B, Sukhumvit Road Bangkok 10110, Thailand, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana. It is unknown if this company still exists or if it was closed down.

Games[]

The company's titles took only around 3-5 months to develop. At some point, they planned releasing their games to the PSP[10][11] and Xbox. The original store prices of the games were between 6.99 - 12.99 GBP. The manuals ans games are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

In Italy, the company DB-Line distributed the movies and games until 2007.[12] In Spain, at least one game was distributed by Atari.

On 4th November 2002 they announced their partnership with Japanese company Altron,[13] and Italian developer NAPS[14]. In December 2002 they announced that they bought the rights to "Dragon's Lair", "Space Ace", "Who shot Johnny Rock?" and "Mad Dog McCree" from Digital Leisure in Canada.[15] In February 2003 they announced that their games would be distributed by "Just" in the UK[16],Joag in Italy, SGDiffusion in France and N-Tec in Hungary.[17] In the same year they announced their "Super Budget Line" for PS2 and Xbox.[18]

On 22nd August 2003 they announced that "New Media Agency" will translate and distribute their games in Germany.[19] On 14th October 2003 they announced that Softwrap will be their Distributor in Europe[20]

In 2003 it was reported that 80 games would be released on Playstation 1, 2 and PC that year.[21] In 2004 40 titles were announced.[22]

In 2004 they went into a partnership with Data Design.[23]

In 2008 they announced 12 games for the Nintendo DS.[24]

In the first year they expected 4 to 5 million sold units worldwide.[25]

In early 2010 Phoenix Games re-released some of their Games rebranded as "Simulations" to German PC audiences.

Due to the popularity of their games on the Internet and the sometimes small prints, some games are selling for a good amount of money.

Other[]

All 99 PS2 covers were featured on the 2013 Gamescom art gallery "Coverstrophen".

In 2015 the Angry Video Game Nerd covered "Snow White and the 7 Clever Boys in his "Bad Game Cover Art" Series.[26]

Paul Share also founded Midas Interactive in 1998.

The PS2 boxart for Peter Pan stole official Kingdom Hearts artwork, more specifically, artwork depicting Destiny Islands, a world in the series.[27]

Both before and after the group existed, there were companies that were formed with the same name. From 1978 to 1981, an American company produced games, best known for the game Bushido.[28] In 2019, Klaas Kersing founded a gaming company in Germany with the same name.[29]

Known staff[]

In total 10 people worked with Phoenix Games.[30]

Phoenix Games B.V. (2002-2010)[]

  • Paul Share (CEO/President) (died 2011)
  • Willie (Will) Horden (sales director until February of 2005/managing director until June of 2009)
  • Steve Share (sales manager)
  • Ilse van de Vossenberg Vogels (production administrator)
  • Maarten van Schaik (development manager)

Phoenix Games Ltd.[]

  • Mark Hustle (born: July 1963) - director since 2013.
  • Simon Hamer (European Sales Manager)
  • Ian Smith (UK Sales Manager)[31]

Phoenix Games Asia[]

No official employees are known.

List of movies published[]

Dingo Pictures movies[]

  • ...noch mehr Dalmatiner: released as Dalmatians 2, Dalmatians 3 & Dalmatians 4 (for the PS, PS2 and the Wii/DS, respectively)
  • Das unglaubliche Fussballspiel der Tiere: released as Animal Football & Animal Soccer World (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Atlantis: Der verlorene Kontinent: released as Atlantis: The Lost Continent & Empire of Atlantis (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Toys: Das Geburtstagsgeschenk: released as Toys & The Toys Room (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Abenteuer im Land der Dinosaurier: released as Dinosaurs & Dinosaur Adventure (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Ein Fall für die Mäusepolizei: released as Detective Mouse & The Mouse Police (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Winkie der kleine Bär: released as Winky the Little Bear & Countryside Bears (for the PS and PS2, respectively)
  • Der König der Tiere: das grosse Abenteuer: released as Lion and the King 2, Son of the Lion King & Lion and the King 3 (for the PS, PS2 and the Wii/DS, respectively)

Other movies released[]

  • Peter Pan (Longsoft Multimedia): released as Peter Pan & Peter Pan's Playground (PS2, Wii, DS)
  • Snow White and the Magnificent Seven (Longsoft Multimedia): released as Snow White and the 7 Clever Boys &Princess Snow White (PS2)
  • Cinderella (Longsoft Multimedia): released as Cinderella & Cinderella's Fairytale (Wii, PS2)
  • Pinocchio (Longsoft Multimedia): released as Adventures of Pinocchio (Wii, PS2, DS)
  • Hansel & Gretel (Longsoft Multimedia): released as Hansel & Gretel (PS2)
  • Hercules (Pure Magic): released as Herkules & Legend of Herkules (PS, PS2)
  • Mulan (Django Studios): released as Legend of Mulan & Mighty Mulan (PS, PS2)

List of Games[]

Sony PlayStation[]

  • All Star Action
  • 12. April 2001(?): Checkmate 2
  • January 2003: Cindy's Caribian Holiday
  • January 2003: Cindy's Fashion World
  • 14. March 2003: All Star Watersports
  • 14. March 2003: Trickshot 7 Games
  • 28. March 2003: Football Madness
  • 28. March 2003: Pro Backgammon
  • 1. May 2003: Rox
  • 27. June 2003: Hot Shot
  • 27 June 2003: King Of Bowling 3
  • 8 August 2003: Baldies
  • 8. August 2003: Block Buster
  • 15. November 2003: 5 Star Racing
  • 2003: Ballerburg: Castle Chaos
  • 2003: Buttsubushi
  • 2003: Destructo 2
  • 2003: Flying Squadron
  • 2003: Paradise Casino
  • 2003: Superbike Masters
  • 2. March 2004: Robin Hood: The Siege
  • 9. August 2004: Space Rider
  • 9. August 2004: Truck Rally
  • 12. August 2004: Sonic Wings Special
  • 19. August 2004: Omega Assault
  • 15. November 2004: Jet Ace
  • 2004: Rhythm Beat
  • 2004: Silent Iron
  • 2004: Wanted
  • 2005: SHOOT
  • Robopit 2

Sony PlayStation 2[]

  • 2001 (?): Road Rage 3
  • 2001 (?): Homerun
  • 2003: Cool Shot
  • 31. August 2004: Kidz Sports Basketball
  • 8. October 2004: Xtreme Speed
  • 22. October 2004: Furry Tales
  • 5. November 2004: RC Toy Machines
  • 19 November 2004: Arcade Action: 30 Games
  • 2004: European Tennis Pro
  • 2004: Air Raid 3
  • 25. February 2005: Crazy Golf
  • 4. March 2005: X-treme Quads
  • 25. March 2005: Board Games Gallery
  • 25. March 2005: Vegas Casino 2
  • 25. March 2005: Monster Trux Extreme
  • 24. June 2005: Shadow of Ganymede
  • 15. July 2005: Doomsday Racers
  • 15. July 2005: Hamster Heroes
  • 30. September 2005: Urban Constructor
  • 2005: Finkles World
  • 2005: Girl Zone
  • 2005: Habitrail Hamster Ball
  • 2. January 2006: Saint & Sinner
  • 21. April 2006: Arcade USA
  • 21. April 2006: Obliterate
  • 28. June 2006: Puzzle Party: 10 Games
  • June 2006: Search & Destroy
  • 28. July 2006: 21 Card Games
  • 28. July 2006: City Soccer Challenge
  • 28. July 2006: London Cap Challange
  • 28. July 2006: Maniac Mole
  • 29. September 2006: Carwash Tycoon
  • 29. September 2006: Chemist Tycoon
  • 6. October 2006: Downhill Slalom
  • 6. October 2006: G-Force
  • 6. October 2006: Robin Hood: The Siege 2
  • 6. October 2006: Snow Rider
  • 13. October 2006: Combar Ace
  • 13. October 2006: D-Unit Drift Racing
  • 27. October 2006: Clumsy Slumsy
  • 27. October 2006: Drag Racer USA
  • 3. November 2006: K.O. King
  • 24. November 2006: Hansel & Gretel
  • 24. November 2006: Swat Siege
  • 8. December 2006: Snooker 147
  • 8. December 2006: Space Rebellion
  • 11. Dezember 2006: ¡Qué pasa Neng! El videojuego
  • 2006: Game Galaxy 2
  • 2006: Guerilla Strike
  • 2006: Hoppie
  • 2006: Jello
  • 2006: Kiddies Party Pack
  • 2006: Retro
  • 2006: Speed Mashines III
  • 2006: Speedboat GP
  • 2006: Superbike FP
  • 2006: Turbo Trucks
  • 2006: WWC: World Wrestling Championship
  • 12. January 2007: Dead Eye Jim
  • 12. January 2007: Street Warrior
  • 26. January 2007: Power Volleyball
  • 26. January 2007: Transworld Skateborder
  • 9. February 2007: White Van Racer
  • 9. March 2007: American Pool II
  • 9. March 2007: MOTO X MANIAC
  • 20. April 2007: Go Kart Rally
  • 20. April 2007: Monster Eggs
  • 20. April 2007: Skateboard Madness Xtreme Edition
  • 20. April 2007: Sniper Assault
  • 10. August 2007: Marble Chaos
  • 12. October 2007: Roller Coaster Funfare
  • 16. Novemebr 2007: Myth Makers: Super Kart GP
  • 1. Dezember 2007: Crabby Adventure
  • 1. Dezember 2007: Gecko Blaster
  • 1. Dezember 2007: Iron Chef
  • 1. Dezember 2007: Steam Express
  • 2007: Cartoon Kingdom
  • 2007: Caveman Rock
  • 2007: Extreme Sprint 3010
  • 2007: Fruitfall
  • 2007: Mambo
  • 2007: Ocean Commander
  • 2007: Offroad Extreme
  • 2007: Pro Biker 2
  • 2007: Wacky Zoo GP
  • 14. March 2008: Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom
  • 15. May 2008: Kidz Sports Ice Hockey
  • 15. May 2008: Kidz Sports International Soccer
  • Dynamite 100 (100 in 1 Game)
  • Paccie (canceled)

PC[]

  • 2010: LKW Simulator 2010
  • 2010: Go Kart Simulator Championship 2010
  • 2010: Motorcross Simulator Championship 2010
  • Stable Masters 2
  • Ballerburg
  • Rhythm Beat
  • Trickshot 7 "Games"
  • Drone Odyssey
  • Dark Angæl
  • Space Rebellion
  • Casino 59
  • Sport 9
  • Classic 17
  • Xtreme Quads
  • White Van Racer
  • Wacky Zoo GP
  • Vegas Casino 2
  • Ultra Fighters
  • Turbo Trucks
  • Tiny Trails
  • Thunder Brigade
  • Super Puzzle
  • Steam Express
  • Space Rebellion
  • Snow Rider
  • Sleep Walker
  • Seven Kingdoms Ancient Adversaries
  • Seven Kingdoms
  • Saint & Sinner
  • Rolling Marbles
  • Rhythm Beat
  • RC Toy Machines
  • Pro Mahjongg
  • Pro Biker 2
  • Pro Backgammon
  • Paradise Casino (11 Games)
  • Olympic Challenge
  • Obliterate
  • Ocean Commander
  • Moto X Maniac
  • Monte Carlo 2 (6 Games)
  • Monster Eggs
  • Mambo
  • Iron Chef
  • IF-22 Persian Gulf
  • Hoppie
  • G-Squad
  • Grand Master
  • Go Kart Rally
  • Go Kart Racer
  • Galactic Swarm
  • Fruitfall
  • First Assault
  • Finkles World
  • Drone Odyssey
  • Drop 'N' Blow
  • Doomsday Racers
  • Dark Angael
  • Extreme Sprint 3010
  • Crazy Golf
  • Crabby Adventure
  • Corona
  • Cindy's Fashion World
  • Cindy's Caribbean Holiday
  • Caveman Rock
  • Card Shark 2 (45 Games)
  • Boomerang Breakers
  • Board Games Gallery (10 Games)
  • Arcade USA
  • Anarchy
  • Alien Bugs
  • Air Rescue

Nintendo DS[32][]

Nintendo Wii[]

PSP (unreleased)[]

  • Peter Pan
  • Board Game Gallery (announced 2004)[33]
  • King of Pool
  • Card Shark 3
  • Vegas Casino 2

Other[]

  • Twin (ASIN: B0036VDCJ6 /platform unknown)
  • Space Ace by Don Bluth (DVD)
  • Who shot Johnny Rock (DVD)


Weblinks[]

References[]

  1. Coverstropfen on German Videogamearchive
  2. E3 2005 Giantbomb.com
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20040829195327/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/ects.html
  4. Willie Horden LinkedIn Profile - Only Visible for Logged in Users
  5. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-may-14-et-mcnamara14-story.html
  6. List of Exhibitos at E3 2006 on Giantbomb.com
  7. https://www.giantbomb.com/e3-2006/3015-3439/
  8. Phoenix Games on drimble.nl (Dutch)
  9. Phoenix Games LTD. at UK Goverment Companies House
  10. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/news140704psp
  11. http://beta.gamesmarkt.de/details/182663
  12. Phoenix Games Group Web Advertisements (2003 - 2008)
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20040830004253/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/altron.html
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20040830004520/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/naps.html
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20040830004450/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/arcade.html
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20040830004433/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/just.html
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20040829195547/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/newpartners.html
  18. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/news150803budget
  19. https://web.archive.org/web/20040829195621/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/newgerman.html
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20040829195333/http://phoenixgamesltd.com/softwrap.html
  21. http://beta.gamesmarkt.de/details/125210
  22. http://beta.gamesmarkt.de/details/159745
  23. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/news291104monsterarenas
  24. https://www.engadget.com/2008/02/28/phoenix-plans-twelve-games-to-avoid-this-year/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmRlL3VybD9zYT10JnJjdD1qJnE9JmVzcmM9cyZzb3VyY2U9d2ViJmNkPTExJmNhZD1yamEmdWFjdD04JnZlZD0yYWhVS0V3aWYwOGJCOWVQb0FoVmFVUlVJSFpwMEFuUVFGakFLZWdRSUNSQUImdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmVuZ2FkZ2V0LmNvbSUyRjIwMDglMkYwMiUyRjI4JTJGcGhvZW5peC1wbGFucy10d2VsdmUtZ2FtZXMtdG8tYXZvaWQtdGhpcy15ZWFyJTJGJnVzZz1BT3ZWYXcwMFk5Y2VJVkxQWHdXOVdEeWJWUGVW&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAM7j1dzfv9RndeZde3igGBlr75xVUXKGATReoqvATo36As5v1S56EjMErlhavgncC9mFJ1hG4TPOGFCh8IWb3HR1Qs31Cn4V8nl_vsU5wq1uvpkVg4ZHAoxETho35N9r1irLlobRgjVKH6Cziu63kvbgnCb2j67rLjRgfNgBl-lz
  25. https://web.archive.org/web/20031111142023/http://www.phoenixgamesgroup.com/company3.html
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdfFiUM10FU
  27. Reddit Post by u/TheGamedawg
  28. Phoenix Games (1978-1981) on English Wikipedia
  29. https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2019/04/05/klaas-kersting-phoenix-games/
  30. https://web.archive.org/web/20030806023403/http://www.phoenixgamesgroup.com/company1.html
  31. https://web.archive.org/web/20030805211355/http://www.phoenixgamesgroup.com/contact.html
  32. http://www.angelfire.com/moon2/cloudkicker/DS.txt
  33. PSP Game announcement 2004
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