Founded by Robert and Phyllis Jacob and originally named Master Designer Software, Cinemaware was an innovator of the much lauded but never seen 'interactive movie'. Where many tried to pass off sequences of pre-recorded footage as interactive, Cinemaware took a different tack. In its greatest titles the developer wove numerous game styles, storylines and strategy into immersive and compelling masterpeices. Years later this same technique would be used in some of the most successful titles, such as Tomb Raider and Half Life.
Cinemaware was a casualty of the early '90s industry crash, and ceased trading in 1991. It was reformed in 2000 by Lars Fuhrken-Batista and Sean Vesce to become a "developer of interactive entertainment for next generation game platforms and the Internet". Ultimately, however, what the resurrected company actually produced consisted almost entirely of remastered and remixed version of its former glories, ending in 2007 with company's last release "Defender of the Crown: Heroes Live Forever"
Cinemaware's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1986 title, "Defender of the Crown" (Amiga).
The company has been involved titles released on the PC, PS2, Xbox, GBA, PlayStation, Amiga, CDTV, ST, Mac, NEC PC Engine, NES, C64, Spectrum 48K, Amstrad CPC and Apple II.
The company's most recent involvement was on the 2015 release "Cinemaware Anthology: 1986-1991" (PC).
21 Mar 2003