|Founded||May 27, 2003|
|John Baez (CEO)|
Dan Paladin (CFO)
Tom Fulp (secretary)
Number of employees
The Behemoth is an American video game development company that was created in 2003 by John Baez, artist Dan Paladin, and programmers Tom Fulp, Brandon LaCava, and Nick Dryburgh. Dryburgh and LaCava later left the company. The Behemoth development studio is located in San Diego, California. The company is known for producing simple games with Paladin's signature 2D style. Its games are also known for their heavy arcade inspirations, especially among their early games, emulating genres common on the Neo Geo in particular (which Tom Fulp is a noted fan of).
During August 2002, Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin collaborated in creating the Flash game Alien Hominid for Newgrounds. The game has since become extremely popular and generated over twenty million hits. Later in the year, Paladin was working on developing a console video game when co-worker Baez approached him. He was a fan of Alien Hominid and asked Paladin if he was interested in developing the game for consoles. When Baez offered to produce the game, Fulp and Paladin eventually agreed, recruited LaCava and Dryburgh, and formed The Behemoth in 2003. Several details in their games reveal a connected universe between all of them.
Their first console game, Alien Hominid, gained critical acclaim by the media and the members of The Behemoth quickly gained status as indie developers focused on bringing old-school styles of video games back into mainstream gaming. Some of the minigames from Alien Hominid were ported to iOS in 2011.
The Behemoth's second game, Castle Crashers, was released August 27, 2008, originally for the Xbox Live Arcade service, eventually re-releasing for the PlayStation 3 on August 31, 2010, and Microsoft Windows/OS X on September 26, 2012. Since its release on Xbox Live Arcade, Castle Crashers has become one of the most downloaded games, with over 2.6 million copies sold as of year-end 2011.
The Behemoth had long teased a "Game 5", which was announced in January 2020 as Alien Hominid Invasion, which the developers said was not a remake or remaster of the original Alien Hominid but introduces new mechanics as an arcade shooter.
|2004||Alien Hominid||Run-and-gun||PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Web (Adobe Flash Player demo)|
|2007||Alien Hominid 360||Run-and-gun||Xbox 360||Remastered port, originally titled Alien Hominid HD|
|2008||Castle Crashers||Side-scrolling hack-and-slash||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, macOS|
|2011||Super Soviet Missile Mastar||Side-scrolling shooter||iOS|
|Alien Hominid: PDA Games||Platform||iOS|
|2013||Battleblock Theater||Comedy platform||Xbox 360, Windows, macOS, Linux|
|2015||Castle Crashers Remastered||Side-scrolling hack-and-slash||Xbox One, Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch||Remastered port|
|2018||Pit People||Role-playing strategy||Xbox One, Windows|
|2023||Alien Hominid Invasion||Run-and-gun||Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch||Re-imagination of Alien Hominid|
|Alien Hominid HD||Run-and-gun||Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch||Remastered port|
- Taunting The Behemoth: Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin Cry Out
- "At long last, The Behemoth's Pit People finally has a release date". Destructoid. February 21, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
- Devore, Jordan (January 30, 2020). "The Behemoth's Game 5 is Alien Hominid Invasion". Destructoid. Retrieved January 30, 2020.