Cinemaware is a publisher and developer of computer and video games which brought out several films on to ajar titles in the 1980s and early 1990s. The company was revived in 2000 until it was acquired by eGames 2005. In 2012, Cinemaware returned with a new website and some announcements and trailers.

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Cinemaware Corp.. (1986-1991)

The Cinemaware was founded in 1986 by Phyllis and Bob Jacob. In the first title is Defender of the Crown, an adventure game to a "good" rebel during the Middle Ages. The game began at that time with its graphics new standards and became the flagship of the manufacturer.

Cinemaware created a number of successful games based on scenarios in classic films. These games all had their time to a remarkable graphic quality. The games were created primarily for the Amiga, but also to other systems such as Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PC (under DOS) and ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game Defender of the Crown was the game with the most ports.

Later Cinemaware entered the "TV Sports" series and the genre of sports game. It plays were issued to basketball and American football, some of these " TV Sports " titles such as TV Sports: Boxing and TV Sports: Baseball were published only in Europe.

In 1991 the company went bankrupt. During the porting of the game S.D.I. to other systems demanded one of the managing the integration of additional features, making programming much more complex and the publication has been delayed further. The company also suffered from declining sales during the economic downturn. The company also countered the increasing numbers of pirated by ( was on the system the making of piracy easiest) no more games for the Amiga published. Many of the games, among others, Wings were widespread even before the official sale as a bootleg among the players.


Cinema Wares games in chronological order:

  • Defender of the Crown (Rebel movie, 1986, Apple IIGS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, DOS, Macintosh)
  • S.D.I. ( Cold War drama in the universe and in 1986, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, DOS, Macintosh)
  • The King of Chicago (inspired by Mafia film, 1987, Apple IIGS, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh)
  • Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon ( Sinbad and 1000 and one night movie, 1987, Apple IIGS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS)
  • The Three Stooges ( The Three Stooges movie; 1987, Apple IIGS, Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS, NES)
  • Rocket Ranger ( 1950 Science Fiction, 1988, Apple IIGS, Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS, NES)
  • TV Sports: Football (1988, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS)
  • Lords of the Rising Sun (Japanese Samurai film; 1988, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS)
  • It Came from the Desert ( 1950s Science Fiction Movie Bug, 1989, Amiga, Atari ST, Mega Drive, Turbo Grafx 16, DOS)
  • The Kristal (1989, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS)
  • TV Sports: Baseball (1989, Amiga)
  • TV Sports: Basketball (1990, Amiga, DOS)
  • Antheads: It Came from the Desert 2 (1990, Amiga)
  • Wings (First World War Movie, 1990, Amiga)
  • TV Sports: Boxing (1991, Amiga, DOS)

Cinemaware Inc. (2000-2005)

Lars Fuhrken - Batista founded in 2000 from the brand name Cinemaware and related ideas Cinemaware Cinemaware Inc. created without delay new releases of old successful titles for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh. The editions labeled as " Digitally Remastered " presented the same gameplay as the original outdated, but showed up with revised graphics. In addition, games have now been ported to portable systems such as the Game Boy Advance.

On the website- disk images of the original games were also offered to play it via emulator or directly online by Shockwave.

However, the new Cinemaware also developed new versions of the classic games. The first of these games was Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown which now ran on a 3D engine. The game was released in September 2003 for Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game had a poor sales due to poor marketing and low Announcements.

The last publication of Cinemaware was the 1.02 patch for Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown in December 2003 A developer reported in October 2004 on the website forum that is working on other titles, but there have been no further signs that confirm this. .

  • Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown (2003, PS2, Xbox, Windows)
  • Defender of the Crown ( GBA)
  • The Three Stooges (GBA, PC )
  • Wings (2003, GBA)
  • Defender of the Crown: Digitally Remastered Edition (Windows, Macintosh )
  • The Three Stooges: Digitally Remastered Edition (2002, Windows, Mac)
  • Wings: Digitally Remastered Edition (Windows, Mac)
  • Lords of the Rising Sun: Digitally Remastered Edition (Windows, Mac)


On October 6, 2005 Cinemaware from eGames, Inc. was acquired. Lars Furken - Batista was vice president of development. Shortly after the takeover eGames announced the launch of Cinemaware Marquee, a publishing label for games on the U.S. market. The first published game was Space Rangers: Rise of the Dominators, a critically acclaimed space adventure. In addition there was for the U.S. market retail versions of the games Darwinia by Introversion Software, Moscow to Berlin of Monte Cristo, Neighbours from Hell 2: Holidays with obstacles of JoWooD and the games Buccanneer 's Bounty with the titles Port Royale 2, Pirates: ruler of the Caribbean and patrician 3 of the German publisher Ascaron.

In 2007, eGames brought a flash version of Defender of the Crown as a Web download under the name Defender of the Crown: Heroes Live Forever out .. This download was to be found on the website of eGames and was in a demo version for free for 60 be played minutes or buy optional.

Return of Cinemaware (since 2012)

On 22 July 2012, Cinemaware reported with a changed homepage and a so-called back Summer 2012 Trailer. On August 13, the Amiga version of Defender of the Crown was released Touch for IPhone, IPad and IPad. The Amiga version of The King of Chicago is to be released for mobile devices. On August 12, 2012, announced that it is working on a remake of Wings. The game, which, under the title Wings - to appear Director's Cut, will be financed by crowdfunding. On the development of the remakes, the Italian company Raylight is involved, which for the Game Boy Advance - was responsible porting Wings.