Absolute Entertainment

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Absolute Entertainment, Inc. (incorporated on August 19, 1986) was a New Jersey-based publisher and developer whose co-founders included Garry Kitchen, Dan Kitchen, and Alex DeMeo, all formerly of Activision. (David Crane was not a founding member. He was hired later. [1])

Absolute had a sister company called Imagineering Inc. (incorporated on February 26, 1986) through which Absolute's and other companies' games were developed. [2] It was merged into Absolute on July 1, 1992.

In 1993, Absolute acquired assets of Extreme Entertainment Group, Inc. [3] (formerly and currently Bignet U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Micronet [4] [5]) including games in development [6] and the Extreme Entertainment Group brand.

The Absolute Electronics division was launched in 1995, which co-developed the Video One Touch, a remote for use with RCA's Direct Satellite Service. [7] In November, Absolute Entertainment ceased operation, terminated all employees, and proceeded to be liquidated under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. [8] That same month, Garry Kitchen and David Crane co-founded Skyworks Technologies (now Skyworks Interactive), maker of "advergames." [9]

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff

2600[edit]

  • Commando (US Publisher: Activision)
  • Crossbow (US Publisher: Atari)
  • Double Dragon (US Publisher: Activision)
  • Kung-Fu Master (US/EU Publisher: Activision)
  • My Golf (AU Publisher: HES; EU Publisher: Salu)
  • Pete Rose Baseball (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • RealSports Boxing (US/EU Publisher: Atari)
  • River Raid II (US Publisher: Activision)
  • Sentinel (US Publisher: Atari)
  • Skate Boardin' (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Title Match Pro Wrestling (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator, Dan Kitchen's (US Publisher: Absolute)

7800[edit]

  • Crossbow (US/EU Publisher: Atari)
  • Double Dragon (US/EU Publisher: Activision)
  • F-18 Hornet (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Fight Night (US/EU Publisher: Atari)
  • Ikari Warriors (US/EU Publisher: Atari)
  • Kung-Fu Master (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Pete Rose Baseball (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Sentinel (EU Publisher: Atari)
  • Super Skateboardin' (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Title Match Pro Wrestling, Alex DeMeo's (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Touchdown Football (US Publisher: Atari)
  • Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator, Dan Kitchen's (US Publisher: Absolute)

Apple II[edit]

  • Crossbow (US Publisher: Absolute)

Commodore 64[edit]

  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (US Publisher: Microstar Graphics)
  • Crossbow (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Destroyer Escort (US Publisher: MicroPlay Software)
  • F-18 Hornet (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • X-15 Space Mission (US Publisher: Absolute)

DOS[edit]

  • Crossbow (US Publisher: Absolute)

Famicom/NES[edit]

  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • Barbie (US/EU Publisher: Hi Tech Expressions)
  • Battletank, Garry Kitchen's (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • A Boy and His Blob, David Crane's: Trouble on Blobolonia / Fushigina Bloby: Blobania no Kiki (US Publisher: Absolute; JP Publisher: Jaleco; EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Destination Earthstar (US Publisher: Acclaim)
  • Fisher-Price Firehouse Rescue (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • Flight of the Intruder / Phantom Air Mission (US Publisher: Mindscape; EU Publisher: Activision)
  • Ghostbusters II (US/EU Publisher: Activision)
  • Ghoul School (US Publisher: Electro Brain)
  • Heavy Shreddin' (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • New Kids on the Block (unreleased) (Parker Brothers)
  • Race America, Alex DeMeo's / Corvette ZR-1 Challenge (US Publisher: Absolute; EU Publisher: Milton Bradley)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$! (US Publisher: THQ)
  • The Simpsons: Bart vs. The Space Mutants (US/EU Publisher: Acclaim)
  • The Simpsons: Bart vs. The World (US/EU Publisher: Acclaim)
  • The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactive Man (US/EU Publisher: Acclaim)
  • Space Shuttle Project (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Stealth ATF (US Publisher: Activision; EU Publisher: Nintendo)
  • Swamp Thing (US/EU Publisher: THQ)

Game Boy[edit]

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (US Publisher: THQ)
  • Barbie Game Girl (US/UK Publisher: Hi Tech Expressions)
  • Bart Simpson's Escape From Camp Deadly / Bart no Survival Camp (US/EU/JP Publisher: Acclaim)
  • Home Alone (US/EU/AU Publisher: THQ; JP Publisher: Altron)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (US/UK Publisher: THQ)
  • InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz French Translator (US/UK Publisher: Gametek)
  • InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Berlitz Spanish Translator (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Personal Organizer and Phone Book (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • InfoGenius Productivity Pak: Spell Checker and Calculator (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • Jordan vs. Bird: One on One / Michael Jordan: One on One (US/UK Publisher: Electronic Arts; JP Publisher: Electronic Arts Victor)
  • Mouse Trap Hotel (US Publisher: Electro Brain)
  • "Pirate Game" (unreleased) [10]
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Space Cadet Adventures (US Publisher: THQ)
  • The Rescue of Princess Blobette, David Crane's / Fushigi na Blobby: Princess Blob o Tsukue! (US Publisher: Absolute; UK Publisher: Nintendo; JP Publisher: Jaleco)
  • The Simpsons: Bart vs. The Juggernauts (US/UK Publisher: Acclaim)
  • Star Trek Generations: Beyond the Nexus (US Publisher: Absolute; EU Publisher: Gametek)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (US/EU Publisher: Absolute)
  • Super Battletank (US Publisher: Absolute; EU Publisher: Gametek)
  • Super Scrabble (US Publisher: Milton Bradley)
  • Turn and Burn: The F-14 Dogfight Simulator / Phantom Air Mission (US Publisher: Absolute; EU Publisher: Activision)

Game Gear[edit]

  • R.C. Grand Prix (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Star Trek: Generations: Beyond the Nexus (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Advanced Holodeck Tutorial (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Super Battletank (US Publisher: Majesco)

Mega CD/Sega CD[edit]

  • BattleTech: Grey Death Legion (unreleased) (Absolute)
  • Jeopardy! (US Publisher: Sony Imagesoft)
  • Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors (unreleased) (Absolute)
  • RDF: Global Conflict (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Wheel of Fortune (US Publisher: Sony Imagesoft)

Mega Drive/Genesis[edit]

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Goofy's Hysterical History Tour (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Super Battletank, Garry Kitchen's: War in the Gulf (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Toys (US Publisher: Absolute)

Mark III/Master System[edit]

  • R.C. Grand Prix (EU/AU Publisher: Sega; US Publisher: Seismic; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)

Super Famicom/Super NES[edit]

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (US Publisher: THQ)
  • Amazing Tennis, David Crane's (US Publisher: Absolute; JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Casper (US/EU Publisher: Natsume)
  • Family Dog (US Publisher: Malibu Games)
  • Family Feud (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • Home Alone (US Publisher: THQ/JP Publisher: Altron)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! (US Publisher: Absolute)
  • Jeopardy! (US Publisher: Gametek)
  • Race Drivin' (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$! (US Publisher: THQ)
  • Super Battletank 2 (US Publisher: Absolute; JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video; EU Publisher: Sony Imagesoft)
  • Super Battletank, Garry Kitchen's: War in the Gulf / Super Battletank (US Publisher: Absolute; JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
  • Toys (US/EU Publisher: Absolute)
  • Turn and Burn: No-Fly Zone / Super Dogfight: F-14 Tomcat Air Combat Game (US Publisher: Absolute; JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video; EU Publisher: Sony Imagesoft)

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