Established in 1982 by Star Wars creator George Lucas, LucasFilm Games quickly established itself as a studio known for original, innovative titles, rather than simply relying on Lucas' film catalogue.
Created to exploit the potential of the Atari 2600 and 5200 consoles, the company release its first titles, Ball Blazer and Rescue on Fractalus! in 1984 - titles that would later be released on numerous systems, including C64, Spectrum and Amstrad CPCs, along with timeless classics such as The Eidolon, Koronis Rift, Zak McKracken and Maniac Mansion.
As the first videogame developer and publisher to be fully integrated with a film studio, it's surprising that the company didn't immediately plunder its movie properties. Instead, it wasn't until 1989 that the company produced the first movie conversion, with its adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
In 1990 the company was brought under the umbrella of the "LucasArts Entertainment Company", along with other Lucas companies including Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound, THX Group and LucasFilm Learning.
All but LucasFilm Games were transferred out of LucasArts in 1993, and into the Lucas Digital group of companies, With only LucasFilm Games remaining, the company was re-branded as LucasArts.
LucasFilm's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1984 title, "Ballblazer" (Atari 5200).
The company has been involved titles released on the PC, Sega Megadrive, Amiga, ST, Game Gear, Sega Master System, NES, C64, Spectrum 48K, Sinclair Spectrum 128K, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 7800, Atari 5200 and Atari 400/800/XL/XE.
The company's most recent involvement was on the 1990 release "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade" (Sega Megadrive).
28 Apr 2014