Warthog Games

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Warthog Games Limited was a UK-based video game developer, located in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, with studios in Sweden and the USA.

The developer later developed titles as Gizmondo Europe, before the company disbanded; and key staff formed Embryonic Studios which later became TT Fusion but relaunched by CFAO as Warthog Entertainment.


Warthog was founded in April 1997, the core of the development team composed of ex-Electronic Arts personnel responsible for, amongst other titles, the hit Privateer 2: The Darkening. With this as the basis, Warthog began to develop something of a speciality in space-flight sims, with follow-up titles Starlancer (which sold over 330,000 units, mainly on PC) and Star Trek: Invasion (achieving over 230,000 units on PlayStation). Since 1999, the company also developed expertise in children's titles, with releases based upon well known franchises such as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Harry Potter and Asterix.

In later years, Warthog purchased several other companies. First, in 2002, they purchased Atod, which became Warthog Sweden. Also in 2002, they purchased Zed Two. Then in 2003, they purchased U.S.-based Fever Pitch, which became Warthog Texas. In 2004, Warthog itself was acquired by Tiger Telematics and became a part of Gizmondo Studios. Collectively, the Cheadle and newly acquired Sweden studios became known as Gizmondo Europe, with the recently acquired Warthog Texas becoming Gizmondo Texas. Their focus from then on would be on the Gizmondo handheld console.

After Gizmondo went bankrupt, key staff from the original team established a new development company, Embryonic Studios. This company was then acquired by TT Games in 2006, and renamed TT Fusion, where the team continued to developed console and handheld titles.

Warthog were affiliated with the Manchester Metropolitan University course Computer Games Technology. They provided feedback on course content and a selection of placement jobs for third-year students.

List of Games by Warthog[edit]

Name Year Platform Publisher
Tom and Jerry in House Trap 2000 PlayStation NewKidCo
Star Trek: Invasion 2000 PlayStation Activision
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Saves the Day 2001 Game Boy Color Conspiracy Games
Tiny Toon Adventures: Wacky Stackers 2001 Game Boy Advance Conspiracy Games
Tiny Toon Adventures: Plucky's Big Adventure 2001 PlayStation Conspiracy Games
Rally Championship Xtreme 2001 PC SCi
Loons: The Fight for Fame 2002 Xbox Infogrames
Droopy's Tennis Open 2002 Game Boy Advance NewKidCo
Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction 2002 Game Boy Advance BBC Multimedia
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2003 Multi (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) EA
Rally Championship 2003 Multi (PS2, GameCube) SCi
Battlestar Galactica 2003 Multi (PS2, Xbox) VU Games
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 Multi (PS2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance) Warner Bros. Interactive
Future Tactics: The Uprising 2004 Multi (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) Crave Entertainment
Richard Burns Rally 2004 Multi (PS2, Xbox, PC , Gizmondo) SCi
Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter 2004 Multi (PS2, Xbox, PC) Vivendi Universal
Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt 2005 Multi (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) Ignition Entertainment
Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action! 2005 Multi (Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance) Ignition Entertainment

Cancelled titles[edit]

Johnny Whatever was announced on July 20, 2004, but was later canceled. It was planned as an action game in a third-person environment, following a punk hero in a futuristic city who used his guitar as his weapon against villains.[1][2] It started off in development for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, but became a Gizmondo exclusive when the developer was purchased by Tiger Telematics, makers of the Gizmondo.[3] The game was scheduled for a September 2006 release.[citation needed]

Upon liquidation of Tiger Telematics and their UK subsidiary Gizmondo Europe in February 2006, the ownership of Johnny Whatever was sold back to the CEO of Warthog Games.[citation needed]