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Pacific Dataworks International (originally Lyndon & Associates; the names Grey Matter and Discovery Software had been considered) was a development company founded in January 1987 by programmer Troy Lyndon after leaving Gamestar. Incorporated in May 1987, it initially consisted of Lyndon working out of his condo but gradually expanded. [1]

Other principals of the company included Scott Maxwell and Michael Knox. Lyndon and Knox later started Park Place Productions.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, interviews, online resources, print, shared staff

Commodore 64

  • 1942 (unreleased version?) (Capcom)*
The US release appears to be the Elite version.
  • Bionic Commando (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Black Tiger (unreleased) (Capcom)*
Not released in the US. There is a European release developed by Softworx.
  • Defender of the Crown (animation programming, special visual effects) (US Publisher: Cinemaware)**
Some Additional Programming: Alien Technology Group; Sound: Palace Software
  • Designasaurus (US/EU Publisher: Britannica Software)
  • Gun.Smoke (US Publisher: Capcom)**
  • Hat Trick (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Jonny Quest and the Splinter of Heaven (unreleased) (MicroIllusions)
Pacific Dataworks International was the original developer, according to a Video Games & Computer Entertainment article on MicroIllusions' series of Hanna-Barbera games, but "disbanded after starting on the project." Designer James Haldy started his own company and continued development, but the game was eventually cancelled. It was later reworked by a different development team into Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors (DOS), published by Hollyware Entertainment, which had purchased the assets of MicroIllusions. [2]
  • Mini Golf (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Sarge (unreleased) (Capcom) [3]
  • Side Arms Hyper Dyne (US Publisher: Capcom)**
  • Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon (programming) (US Publisher: Cinemaware; EU Publisher: Mirrorsoft)
Additional Programming: Alien Technology Group; Sound: Singing Electrons
  • The Speed Rumbler (US Publisher: Capcom)**
  • Stocker (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Street Fighter (US Publisher: Capcom) [Stephen Rozner - programmer]
  • Strider (unreleased version?) (Capcom)
Stephen Rozner said he worked on this in The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1, but the US release appears to be the Tiertex version.
  • Tiger Road (unreleased version?) (Capcom)*
The US release appears to be the Probe version.


  • Bionic Commando (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Cosmic Soldier: Psychic War (US Publisher: Kyodai)
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Hat Trick (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Jonny Quest and the Splinter of Heaven (unreleased) (MicroIllusions)
See Commodore 64 listing above
  • Side Arms Hyper Dyne (US Publisher: Capcom)
  • Trojan (US Publisher: Capcom)


  • Street Fighter (unreleased) (Capcom) [Stephen Rozner - programmer]

* Platform determined by looking at this Capcom USA brochure (inserts 3 & 4). Only a C64 version of these games is promoted.
** Developed as Lyndon & Associates