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Croteam is a video game developer that was established in 1993, initially as a "garage games" company. The company was founded by six people and is based in Zagreb, Croatia. Their first video game was Football Glory, a football game which was published by Black Legend for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 platforms in 1994, and then for PC in 1995. Sensible Software threatened legal action against Croteam, asserting that Football Glory was a clone of their video game Sensible Soccer. Croteam ceased further development on the title and released it as freeware in 1998. Their second video game, titled Save the Earth, was a children's game based on a Croatian TV series and released for the Amiga 4000. One year later, Croteam finished 5-A-Side Soccer, an indoor soccer version of Football Glory for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200.
A long hiatus followed, broken by the first title of the Serious Sam series, Serious Sam: The First Encounter in 2001, followed by Serious Sam: The Second Encounter in 2002. Both Serious Sam games debuted on Windows and utilised Croteam's in-house Serious Engine. In 2002, Serious Sam for the Xbox was released, which consisted of both games with the additional number of cinematics, an updated scores system, combos, multikills, auto-aiming and other console specific features. A sequel, Serious Sam 2 for both PC and Xbox was released on October 11, 2005, using Serious Engine 2.
In 2007, development began on Serious Sam 3: BFE, a prequel to the original game. In 2010, Croteam released HD versions of the original Serious Sam games with upgraded textures and additional features. Serious Sam 3 was released for Windows in November 2011, soon followed by Mac and Linux versions. The Xbox 360 version of Serious Sam 3 was released on Xbox Live Arcade in September 2012, and the game later made its way to PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in March 2014. In December 2014, Croteam released a first-person puzzle game The Talos Principle for Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Games developed by Croteam
- Football Glory (1994)
- Save the Earth (1995)
- 5-A-Side Soccer (1996)
- Serious Sam: The First Encounter (2001)
- Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (2002)
- Serious Sam 2 (2005)
- Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter (2009)
- Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (2010)
- Serious Sam 3: BFE (2011)
- The Talos Principle (2014)
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