Toys for Bob

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Toys for Bob
Subsidiary
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded 1989
Founder Paul Reiche III
Fred Ford
Terry Falls
Headquarters Novato, California, United States
Key people
Paul Reiche III (CEO and creative director)
Products Star Control series (1990–1992)
Skylanders series (2011–)
Number of employees
120+
Parent Activision
Website www.toysforbob.com

Toys for Bob is an American video game developer founded in Novato, California in 1989. The name Toys for Bob was invented by Laurie Lessen-Reiche; it was chosen to stimulate curiosity and allude to Paul and Fred's appreciation of real toys.[1]

History[edit]

The company was founded by Paul Reiche III (CEO and creative director), Fred Ford and Terry Falls.[2] They created Star Control and its sequel Star Control II in the early 1990s. However, they were not involved in the development of Star Control 3. After this, they went on to develop a number of video games for Crystal Dynamics from 1994 to 2000 including The Horde, Pandemonium!, The Unholy War and 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue.[3]

After the release of their next game they developed called Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure in 2003, the company was bought by Activision on May 3, 2005, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary. The management team and employees have all signed long-term contracts with Activision, and Toys for Bob remains in place in Novato, California.[3] Under Activision, the developer mainly focused on licensed video games; however, the market for these types of games began to dry up circa 2008 and they were forced to find a new niche.[4]

Since 2011, they have been working on the Skylanders series of video games beginning with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure[4][5] with their newest addition Skylanders: Imaginators releasing in 2016 featuring Crash Bandicoot as a playable character.

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
1990 Star Control[2][6] Amiga, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Sega Genesis
1992 Star Control II[2][7] 3DO, MS-DOS
1994 The Horde[2][8] 3DO, MS-DOS, Sega Saturn
1996 Pandemonium![2][9] Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
1998 The Unholy War[2][10] PlayStation
1999 Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs[2][11] PlayStation
2000 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue[2][12] Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
2003 Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure[2][13] GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2005 Madagascar GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam PlayStation 2, Wii
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
2012 Skylanders: Giants PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

References[edit]

  1. ^ See this log of Fred Ford's mails to fans.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Armchair Empire - Interviews: Paul Reiche III, Toys for Bob Q and A". Archived from the original on October 11, 2003. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Activision purchases Toys for Bob". Locker Gnome. April 3, 2005. Retrieved December 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Campbell, Colin. "Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders". Polygon. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Tanner, Nicole. "Can Toys Breathe Fire Back Into Spyro?". IGN. 
  6. ^ "Toys for Bob - Star Control". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Toys for Bob - Star Control II". Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Toys for Bob - The Horde". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Toys for Bob - Pandemonium". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Toys for Bob - The Unholy War". Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Toys for Bob - Little Witching Mischiefs". Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Toys for Bob - 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue". Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Toys for Bob - Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 

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