BBC Multimedia

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BBC Multimedia
Founded 1995 (1995)
Defunct 2006
Headquarters Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, United Kingdom
Products Doctor Who
Robot Wars
Teletubbies
Parent British Broadcasting Corporation

BBC Multimedia was a division of the BBC which dealt with the publishing of computer-game versions of well-known BBC television programmes. The Multimedia division was founded in 1995[1] and was closed in 2006 after sales declined in its boxed product business. After the closure Global Software Publishing acquired the rights to publish BBC Multimedia's library.[2]

BBC Multimedia also had their own game development studio, known as Gamezlab, which also functioned as a publishing label for their video games, with the BBC Multimedia name being used for software and educational games.


Games[edit]

Game Platform(s) Release Date
Attenborough's Antarctic Windows 95 / 98 / 3.1 1997
Balamory Windows 98 / 95 / XP 2004
Bill & Ben: Flowerpot Fun! Windows 98 / 95 2001
BBC Games Collection Featuring Toybox/Playtime Windows 98 / 95 / XP 2003 / 2005
Blue Peter Windows 95 1997
Bob the Builder: Bob Builds a Park (Published in North America by THQ) Windows 98 / Me / XP 2001
Bob the Builder: Bob's Castle Adventure (Published in North America by THQ) Windows 98 / Me / XP 2003
Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It? (Published in North America by THQ) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2000 - 2001
Changing Rooms Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors Windows 95 1997
Fast Show Comedy Fun Pack Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Fawlty Towers – Comedy Pack Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Fimbles: Fimbling Fun Windows 95 / 98 / XP 2003
Gardeners' World Magazine Garden Manager with Alan Titchmarsh Windows 95 / 98 N/A
GCSE Bitesize Revision: Maths Windows 95 / 98 1996
GCSE Bitesize Revision: Science Windows 95 / 98 1996
The Human Body – Your Body Windows 95 / 98 1999
Key Stage 2 ReviseWise Science Windows 95 / 98 1997
Key Stage 3 Bitesize Revision English Windows 95 / 98 1999
Key Stage 3 Bitesize Revision Maths Windows 95 / 98 1999
Live & Kicking: Show Maker Windows 3.1 / 95 / 98 1995
Mastermind Windows 3.1 / 95 / 98 1997
Noddy: Let's Get Ready for School Windows 95 / 98 1998 (UK) 1999 (US)
Noddy: The Magic of Toytown Windows 95 / 98 1997
Noddy's Magic Adventure PlayStation 2000
Noddy and the Birthday Party Game Boy Color 2000
Only Fools & Horses Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Pingu & Friends Windows, Macintosh 2001
Pingu: A Barrel of Fun! Windows 95 / 98 2000
Play with the Teletubbies (Published in North America by Knowledge Adventure) Windows 95 / 98 /PlayStation 1998 / 2000
Teletubbies 2: Favourite Games (Published in North America by Knowledge Adventure) Windows 95 / 98 1999
Result: The BBC Sports Quiz presented by Desmond Lynam Windows 95 N/A
Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction (Published in North America by Vivendi Universal Games) Game Boy Advance 2001
Robot Wars: Metal Mayhem Game Boy Color 2000
Rotten Ralph – Big Night In Windows 95 / 98 2000
S Club 7: On The Road Windows 95 / 98 / Me / 2000 / XP 2003
Shakespeare on CD-ROM: Macbeth Windows 3.1 / 95 / 98 1995
Shakespeare on CD-ROM: Romeo and Juliet Windows 95 / 98 1995[3]
Smart Windows 95 / 98 / NT N/A
Spark Island Adventures in Literacy 7-9 Windows, Macintosh 1997
Spark Island Adventures in Literacy 9-11 Windows, Macintosh 1997
Spark Island Adventures in Maths 7-9 Windows, Macintosh 1997
Spark Island Farmer Rumtums Letter Fun 3-5 Windows, Macintosh 1999
Spark Island Farmer Rumtums Number Fun 3-5 Windows, Macintosh 1999
Spark Island Maths Adventures 9-11 Windows, Macintosh 2001
Spark Island Number Games 5-7 Windows, Macintosh 2001
Spark Island Reading Games 5-7 Windows, Macintosh 2001
Top Of The Pops: Mix Factory Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Top Of The Pops: Mix Factory 2 Windows 95 / 98 1999[4]
Tweenies: Doodles' Bones Windows 95 / 98 2000
Tweenies: Game Time PlayStation 2001
Tweenies: Messy Time Magic Windows 95 / 98 2002
Tweenies: Play to the Music Windows 95 / 98 / Me / XP 2004
Tweenies: Ready to Play Windows 95 / 98 2000
Wallace & Gromit Cracking Animator Windows 95 / 98 N/A
Wallace & Gromit Print-o-matic Windows 95 / 98 1998
The Weakest Link (published by Activision) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 2001
Yoho Ahoy: All Aboard! Windows 98 2000

Gamezlab Titles[edit]

Game Platform(s) Release Date
Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction (Published in North America by Vivendi Universal Games) Windows 98 / Me, PlayStation 2 2001
Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP, Xbox, Game Boy Advance 2002
Ace Lightning Windows, PlayStation 2 2002
FightBox Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance 2004
Spooks PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows Cancelled

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ French, Michael (6 August 2007). "BBC to return to games development?". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ French, Michael (21 January 2010). "BBC gets back into games". Market for Home Computing and Video Games. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "BBC Shakespeare on CD-ROM – Romeo and Juliet". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 25 April 1995 
  4. ^ "Top Of The Pops: Mix Factory 2". GameTrailers. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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