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The Behemoth is a video game development company that was created in 2002 by John Baez, artist Dan Paladin (aka Synj), and programmers Tom Fulp (the creator of the popular Newgrounds Flash website), Brandon LaCava, and Nick Dryburgh. Dryburgh later left the company. The Behemoth development studio is located in San Diego, California. The company is known for producing simple games with Paladin's signature 2D style.
Their first console game, Alien Hominid, gained critical acclaim by the media and the members of The Behemoth quickly gained status as indie developers focused on bringing old-school styles of video games back into mainstream gaming.
The Behemoth's second game, Castle Crashers, was released August 27, 2008, originally for the Xbox Live Arcade service, but re-released on the PlayStation 3 on August 31, 2010. Since its release on Xbox Live Arcade, Castle Crashers has become one of the most downloaded games, with over 1,000,000 players listed on their leader boards.
A third title, BattleBlock Theater is in development for 2010.
During August 2002, Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin collaborated in creating the Flash game Alien Hominid for Newgrounds. The game has since become extremely popular and generated over eighteen million hits and rising. Later in the year, Paladin was working on developing a console video game when co-worker Baez approached him. He was a fan of Alien Hominid and asked Paladin if he was interested in developing the game for consoles. When Baez offered to produce the game, Fulp and Paladin eventually agreed, recruited LaCava and Dryburgh, and formed The Behemoth. The place where it all began, Newgrounds, is credited alongside The Behemoth at the beginning of each game.
- Alien Hominid (2004) (PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance)
- Alien Hominid HD (2007) (Xbox 360)
- Castle Crashers (2008) (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
- BattleBlock Theater (2010) (Xbox 360, TBC)
- The Behemoth Official Website
- Alien Hominid website
- Alien Hominid game on Newgrounds
- Castle Crashers websitefr:The Behemoth