Mean Hamster Software

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Mean Hamster Software, Inc.
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1985
Founder John Swiderski
Headquarters Deer Park, Washington
Key people
John Swiderski, CEO and founder
Products Cat Wash, Passport to Perfume, Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe, Everything Nice, Myst, Riven, Pet Shop Hop, Vegas Nights and Exidy games
Number of employees
14 (2012)

Mean Hamster Software, Inc. is a video game developer founded by John Swiderski in 1985. Mean Hamster Software created several games for the Atari 5200 from 1999-2004. They then created Myst for Windows Mobile in 2005, and after the release of Riven: The Sequel to Myst for Pocket PC in 2006, Mean Hamster began work on its first casual games. The company is located in Deer Park, Washington (just outside Spokane, WA).

In 2006, Mean Hamster Software acquired the rights to the Exidy catalog, which includes titles such as Crossbow, Venture and Mouse Trap.

Casual game development[edit]

In 2007, Mean Hamster began work on casual games and partnered with PlayFirst to produce a casual game entitled Pet Shop Hop which was released in March 2008. From there, Mean Hamster partnered with Big Fish Games, Namco, and Mesmo, Inc. to develop more titles. Games developed by Mean Hamster Software include:

Mean Hamster Software was named one of Washington State's "Top Video Game Developers" in the September 2008 Issue of Washington CEO magazine.[citation needed]


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