Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games is a casual gaming company based in Seattle, owned by Aristocrat Leisure. It is a developer and distributor of casual games for computers and mobile devices. Its Game Manager is a digital rights management software that protects the games from piracy.
|Headquarters||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Paul Thelen, Chairman/CEO|
|Products||Video games (Casual games)|
Number of employees
In August 2013, the company announced the closing of its cloud-based games service, Vancouver studio and Cork offices.
Big Fish StudiosEdit
Big Fish Studios is the internal development studio that publishes original titles every year through Big Fish Games. Many of these games are developed using its own proprietary game engine that supports both DirectX and OpenGL.
Games developed by Big Fish Studios include:
- Drawn: Dark Flight
- Drawn: The Painted Tower
- Drawn: Trail of Shadows
- Fairway Solitaire HD
- Hidden Expedition - The Uncharted Islands
- Hidden Expedition: Amazon
- Hidden Expedition: Everest
- Hidden Expedition: Titanic
- Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
- Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
- Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival
- Mystery Case Files: Huntsville
- Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
- Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
- Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake
- Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident
- Mystery in London
- Mystic Inn
The company entered the browser gaming with its acquisition of the game website Ion Thunder in 2007; the service was re-branded as Atlantis following the acquisition. The service, which was later revamped as Big Sea Games in 2009, was shut down in 2010 as part of the company's shift from traditional online games to social games on Facebook and mobile apps.
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