Blue Tongue Entertainment
|Subsidiary of THQ|
|Industry||Computer and video game industry|
|Products||Games for video game consoles|
Blue Tongue Entertainment Pty. Ltd. was an Australian video game developer founded in 1995. It was acquired by THQ on 17 November 2004, and remained an internal development studio of THQ until its closure in August 2011. In addition to THQ, Blue Tongue had worked with the publishers Hasbro Interactive and Vivendi Universal Games.
Blue Tongue originally provided web development services, but moved into video games in 1995 with their first release, AFL Finals Fever. It was released on 9 June 1996 and reached number 3 on the Australian software sales charts, selling a total of 15,000 units overall. Another game, Riding Star, was their first international release. It was ported to multiple platforms, including the PlayStation and the Game Boy. Blue Tongue also developed the game engine TOSHI.
In 2008, Blue Tongue finished developing de Blob, its first original game since Riding Star, for the Wii system. Since its release, de Blob has garnered significant and favorable acclaim from various gaming websites, including Official Nintendo Magazine, which awarded the game a rating of 92% and a Gold Award, and IGN.com, which awarded the game several Wii-specific awards in its 2008 video game awards, including Best Platform Game, Best Graphics Technology, and Best Use of Sound. In addition to the awards won, IGN also nominated de Blob for several other Wii-specific awards, including Best New IP, Best Original Score, Most Innovative Design, and Game of the Year.
In 2011, Blue Tongue was announced to be closed down under a restructuring and realignment plan by parent company, THQ
- AFL Finals Fever (1996)
- Riding Star (1998)
- Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy (2000)
- Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (2003)
- The Polar Express (2004)
- Nicktoons Unite! (2005)
- Barnyard (2006)
- Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island (2006)
- Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (2007)
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (2007)
- de Blob (2008)
- Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009)
- de Blob 2 (2011)
- The Avengers (2011, cancelled)
- Lien, Tracey (15 September 2011). "What Was THQ Brisbane Working On Before The Studio Closed?". Kotaku.
- Official Blue Tongue Entertainment website
- Interview with Nick Hagger, Creative director at Blue Tongue
- THQ Studio Australia and Blue Tongue Entertainment to close this week
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