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Traveller's Tales is a British software house found in 1989 and fully established in 1990 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire.

It is part of the TT Games group—after the merger of publisher Giant Interactive and the developer Traveller's Tales—along with TT Games Publishing. Although, in its early years, the software house developed various games based on original contents, since 1999 it mainly focused on the development of tie-ins based on movies, TV shows and television series.

History

Traveller's Tales started developing games with Psygnosis, which they were most notable for creating 3D effects, possibly in order to add minor realism. Their first game was Leander, also known as The Legend of Galahad. With Psygnosis they also did a video game adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as other original productions like Puggsy. And thanks to an agreement between Psygnosis / Sony Imagesoft (because of Sony already owning Psygnosis at that time) and Disney, Traveller's Tales could produce several games based on Disney's properties, such as the original Mickey Mouse game Mickey Mania and other games based on Pixar movies like Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo (the latter two thanks to agreements with Activision and THQ).

However, Traveller's Tales was best known in the 90s for their second-party collaboration with Sega to develop games based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, resulting in Sonic 3D and Sonic R, which were produced in close effort with Sega's Sonic Team. Both games were regarded as technical achievements in the Mega Drive (Sonic 3D) and the Sega Saturn (Sonic R), ensuring them in a high-tech development status they already had with games like Puggsy, Mickey Mania and Toy Story.

In the most recent years, they are renowned because of the hugely successful Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Their recent work includes the popular franchise Crash Bandicoot, The Chronicles of Narnia, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and WRC and F1 for the PSP. They have sold over 60 million games to date, and have won two BAFTAs; one for Gameplay with Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and one for Children's Videogame of the Year for Lego Batman: The Video Game.

The company was purchased by Warner Bros. at the end of November 8, 2007, but will continue to operate, with the development of Lego Batman: The Video Game, which came out in September 2008. One of their most recent releases is Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.[1][2] while Lord of the Rings has been rumored.[3]

The company was originally located in a small office in Southport, England, but later moved to larger offices in Knutsford, in Cheshire.

Titles

NameYearPublisher
Leander1991Psygnosis
Bram Stoker's Dracula1993Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Puggsy1993Psygnosis
Mickey Mania1994Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Disney's Toy Story1995Psygnosis/Disney Interactive
Sonic 3D1996SEGA
Sonic R1997SEGA
Rascal1998SCEI
Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life1998Disney Interactive
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue1999Activision/Disney Interactive
Muppet RaceMania2000Midway
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000Activision/Disney Interactive
Toy Story Racer2001Activision/Disney Interactive
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex2001Universal Interactive Studios
Haven: Call of the King2002Midway
Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo2003THQ/Disney Interactive
Crash Twinsanity2004Vivendi Universal Games
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game2005Lucasarts
WRC (PSP version)2005SCEI
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2005Buena Vista Games
F1 Grand Prix2005SCEI
Super Monkey Ball Adventure2006SEGA
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy2006Lucasarts
Bionicle Heroes2006Eidos Interactive
Transformers: The Game2007Activision
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga2007Lucasarts
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures2008Lucasarts
Lego Batman: The Video Game2008Warner Bros./DC Comics
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian2008Disney Interactive Studios
Guinness World Records: The Video Game2008Warner Bros.
Lego Battles2009Warner Bros.
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues2009Lucasarts
Lego Rock Band2009Warner Bros./Electronic Arts
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-42010Warner Bros.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest2010Warner Bros.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars2011Lucasarts



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