Thinking Rabbit

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Thinking Rabbit Inc. (有限会社シンキングラビット) was a publisher and developer located in Takarazuka, Hyogo, started by Sokoban creator Hiroyuki Imabayashi (今林宏行) in 1982. In addition to the Sokoban puzzle games, the company is also remembered for its mystery adventure games, some of which featured the work of illustrator Akira Komeda.

Thinking Rabbit was involved in several partnerships over the years: Trinity, with Humming Bird Soft and Xtalsoft; Disk Original Group (DOG), a coalition led by Square that produced Famicom Disk System games; and Scap Trust, a joint venture company with seven other computer game makers. [1]

Programmer Masaharu Ohno started Dragnet in 1990, and programmer Hiroto Nakamura started Giraffe Soft (有限会社ジラフソフト) in December that same year. [2] Both companies were also based in Hyogo Prefecture and continued to do work for Thinking Rabbit. Other ex-staff would make their way to Kan's, another company based in Takarazuka, after Thinking Rabbit seemingly shut down development in the late 1990s. Programmer Masahiro Kataoka later worked for Square, then started Studio R.E.E.L in 2012.

Falcon now owns (co-owns?) the Thinking Rabbit properties. [3]

Research Methods: Actual mentions, online resources, shared staff

3DO

  • Toki o Koeta Tegami (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
Sound: Bluemoon

B16/FX

  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

Famicom/NES

  • 8 Eyes (JP Publisher: Seta; US Publisher: Taxan)
  • Fighting Road (JP Publisher: Toei Animation)
  • Kyonshiizu 2 (JP Publisher: Taito)

Famicom Disk System

  • Jikai Shounen Met Mag (JP Publisher: DOG)
  • Namida no Sokoban Special (JP Publisher: ASCII)

FM-7

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Exodus: Ultima III (JP Publisher: Star Craft)
  • Kagiana Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • T.N.T. Bomb Bomb (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

FM Towns

  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

JX

  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

J-3100

  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Revenge (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

Mega Drive/Genesis

  • Chiki Chiki Boys (JP/US/EU/AU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy; KR Publisher: Samsung)
Sound Driver: Dragnet?
  • Superman / Superman: The Man of Steel (co-developer) (US Publisher: Sunsoft; EU/AU Publisher: Virgin)

MSX2

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • The Man I Love (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

MZ-2000

  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

PC-6001 MK2

  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

PC-8001mkII

  • Kagiana Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

PC-88

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Exodus: Ultima III (JP Publisher: Star Craft)
  • Jack/Las Vegas Renzoku Satsujin (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
  • Kagiana Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Madeleine: Naki Oujo no Tame no Pavane (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Revenge (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • T.N.T. Bomb Bomb (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

PC-98

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Doukeshi Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • J no Higeki: Las Vegas Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Kao)
  • The Man I Love (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
Some Programming: Falcon; Some Music: Micro Cabin
  • Sokoban Perfect Note (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Revenge: User no Gyakushuu-hen (JP Publisher: Sharp)
  • Sokoban Select 30 (JP Publisher: Kao)

PlayStation

  • '98 Koushien (environment graphics) (JP Publisher: Magical) [4]
Developer: Magical; CG Movies: DML (Digital Media Lab?), PD
  • Minakata Hakudou Toujou (JP Publisher: Atlus)
Direction: Fame Imajination; (Some?) Programming: Falcon
  • Minton Keibu no Sousa File: Doukeshi Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Riverhill Soft)
(Some?) Programming: Falcon; 3D Graphics: O-Two; Music: Time Base
  • Kyuukyoku no Sokoban (JP Publisher: Itochu)
[Some?] Programming: Dragnet; Movie Music: Tomo Music; Sound Design: Bluemoon

S1

  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)

Saturn

  • Ryuuteki Gosennen: Dragons of China (JP Publisher: Imagineer) [5]
Direction: Office I; Programming: Falcon; Map Design: Lighthouse; Music: True Project; Sound Effects: Bluemoon

Super Famicom/Super NES

  • Cyber Knight II: Chikyuu Teikoku no Yabou (JP Publisher: Tonkin House)
Game Design, Scenario: Group SNE; Sound Composition: Bluemoon; Sound Programming: Atelier Double
  • Illvanian no Shiro (JP Publisher: Clary)
Some Programming: Dragnet?, Giraffe Soft?; Sound Driver: Atelier Double; ?: O-Two
  • Lodoss Tou Senki (programming, graphics) (JP Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten)
Game Design: Group SNE; Some Programming: Giraffe Soft?; Face Graphics: Unit, Gonzo; Sound Composition: Bluemoon
  • Maten Densetsu: Senritsu no Ooparts (JP Publisher: Takara)
Some Production?: Office I; Some Programming: Giraffe Soft?; Sound: Bluemoon
  • Super Sokoban (JP Publisher: Pack-In-Video)
Programming: Dragnet?; ?: Giraffe Soft?

X1

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Jack/Las Vegas Renzoku Satsujin (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
  • Madeleine: Naki Oujo no Tame no Pavane (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
  • The Man I Love (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban 2 (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit) [6]

X68000

  • Casablanca ni Ai o: Satsujin-sha wa Jikuu o Koete (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Doukeshi Satsujin Jiken (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Hydlide 3 S.V. (JP Publisher: Takeru [Brother])
  • The Man I Love (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Perfect (JP Publisher: Thinking Rabbit)
  • Sokoban Revenge SX-68K: User no Gyakushuu-hen (JP Publisher: Sharp)

?

  • Eiga Kyou Satsujin Jiken (unreleased)
  • What a Scene (?) (unreleased)

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