ICOM Simulations

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ICOM Simulations, Inc.[1]
Former type Private (defunct)
Industry Software
Fate Dissolved
Founded March 4, 1981 (1981-03-04)[3]
Founders Tod Zipnick
Defunct February 14, 1998 (1998-02-14)[2]
Headquarters Wheeling, Illinois
Key people
  • Tod Zipnick (President)[1]
  • Rick Maningas (Vice President)[4]
  • Dennis Defensor (President)
  • Darin Adler (Primary Developer)[5]
Products
Revenue N/A
Employees
  • 25[1] (1989)
  • 45 (1991)
Website None

ICOM Simulations was a software company based in Wheeling, Illinois. It is best known for creating the MacVenture series of adventure games including Shadowgate.

Following the foundation in 1981 a number of game titles for the Panasonic JR-200 were produced. Later products for the Apple Macintosh included the debugger TMON and an application launching utility called OnCue.

History[edit]

ICOM Simulations was formed as TMQ Software[6] on March 4, 1981 by Tod Zipnick. With the MacVenture series, ICOM pioneered the point-and-click adventure interface and later multiplatform CD-ROM development with Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. Zipnick died of cancer in 1991 just as the company was beginning to take off.

In the early-to-mid 1990s, ICOM Simulations was a major third party developer for the TurboGrafx-16 platform in the US. They produced many games for the console, including the TG-16 exclusive Shadowgate sequel, Beyond Shadowgate. The company was acquired in 1993 by Viacom New Media which closed its operations in 1997. Renamed to Rabid Entertainment, VNM/ICOM was dismantled in 1998.

The rights to ICOM's game portfolio were held by the company Infinite Ventures, but they are now owned by David Marsh who obtained most of the rights in January, 2012.[7] On March 5, 2012, Dave Marsh and Karl Roelofs, both former developers at ICOM Simulations, formed a new game development company called Zojoi, LLC, and have begun releasing upgraded versions of previous ICOM Simulations titles, starting with Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective for iOS Tablets.[8]

Games[edit]

Title Release Date Credited As Published By Platform
Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True 19850719850710July 10, 1985 (NA)[9] ICOM Simulations Mindscape Macintosh
Uninvited 19860319860301March 1, 1986 (NA)[10] ICOM Simulations Mindscape Macintosh
Shadowgate 19870719870730July 30, 1987 (NA)[11] ICOM Simulations Mindscape Macintosh
Déjà Vu II: Lost in Las Vegas 1988 ICOM Simulations Mindscape Macintosh
Addams Family, The 1991 ICOM Simulations NEC Technologies TurboGrafx-CD
Yo' Bro 1991 ICOM Simulations NEC Technologies TurboGrafx-16
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1991 ICOM Simulations ICOM Simulations PC
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. II 1992 ICOM Simulations ICOM Simulations PC
Road Runner's Death Valley Rally 1992 ICOM Simulations Sunsoft SNES
Ghost Manor 1992 ICOM Simulations Turbo Technologies Inc. TurboGrafx-16
Shape Shifter 19921019921001October 1, 1992 (NA)[12] ICOM Simulations Turbo Technologies Inc. TurboGrafx-CD
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. III 1993 ICOM Simulations ICOM Simulations PC
Beyond Shadowgate 1993 ICOM Simulations Turbo Technologies Inc. TurboGrafx-CD
Camp California 1993 ICOM Simulations Turbo Technologies Inc. TurboGrafx-CD
Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions 1993 ICOM Simulations Sunsoft SNES
Dracula Unleashed 19931019931024October 24, 1993 (NA)[13] ICOM Simulations Viacom New Media PC
Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage 1994 Viacom New Media Sunsoft SNES
Nickelodeon GUTS 1994 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media SNES
MTV: Club Dead 1994 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media Macintosh, PC
Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day 1994 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media SNES
Phantom 2040 1995 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media SNES
Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity 1995 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media PlayStation, PC
Beavis and Butt-head in Little Thingies 1996 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media PC
Beavis and Butt-head in Wiener Takes All 1996 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media PC
Beavis and Butt-Head in Calling All Dorks 1996 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media PC
MTV: Slamscape 1996 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media PlayStation
Beavis and Butt-Head in Screen Wreckers 1997 Viacom New Media Viacom New Media Macintosh, PC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Office Computer Games Can Be Waste Of Time Or Good Training". Chicago Tribune. Scripps Howard News Service. July 16, 1989. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ Trademark Principal Register Rabid Entertainment. Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 29). March 1998. Date Abandoned. U.S. Trademark 75,172,722. Retrieved 2012-10-10 
  3. ^ Corporation File Detail Report: TMQ Software, Inc. (File No. 52314178). Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State (published 01). August 1991. Incorporation Date (Domestic). Retrieved 2012-10-09 
  4. ^ Writer's Digest Books (30 January 2006) [1983]. Brad M. McGehee, ed. 1984 Programmer's Market. Writer's Digest Books. p. 184. ASIN 0898791243. ISBN 9780898791242. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Adler, Darin (February 2, 2002). "Darin Adler (resume)". bentspoon.com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Adler, Darin. "Monologue". pp. 1986–1987: Macintosh community. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 
  7. ^ Lucard, Alex (March 29, 2012). "Interview with David Marsh About His Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective Kickstarter Project". Diehard GameFan. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Zojoi FaceBook Page". June 4, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Trademark Principal Register Déjà Vu (Registration No. 1,858,715). Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 26). July 1994. First Use. U.S. Trademark 74,456,226. Retrieved 2012-10-09 
  10. ^ Trademark Principal Register Uninvited (Registration No. 1,867,092). Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 20). September 1994. First Use. U.S. Trademark 74,456,244. Retrieved 2012-10-09 
  11. ^ Trademark Principal Register Shadowgate (Registration No. 1,768,768). Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 09). February 1993. First Use. U.S. Trademark 74,317,464. Retrieved 2012-10-09 
  12. ^ Trademark Principal Register Shapeshifter (Registration No. 1,860,448). Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 02). February 1993. First Use. U.S. Trademark 74,317,474. Retrieved 2012-10-09 
  13. ^ Trademark Principal Register Dracula Unleashed (Registration No. 1,913,485). Alexandria, Virginia: United States Patent and Trademark Office (published 27). December 1994. First Use. U.S. Trademark 74,497,207. Retrieved 2012-10-09 

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