Cor-Son Games was a game developer owned by The Corning/Emerson Group. It was formed following the acquisition and rebranding of the Sheffield-based Data Ministry. They operated the label as a publisher of unlicensed NES games, but rechristened it in 1990 after the new staff moved to the US, establishing its new office out of an abandoned strip-mall in Dallas, Texas, but eventually had different offices and teams set up in Las Vegas, Memphis, Boston and Salt Lake City, the latter four were used for licensed games while the first was used for more professional titles. The company was best known for its Green Jean and Alison and Colleen franchises, as well as its various Scooby Doo titles.

While the company took on the Cor-Son name, they originally operated under a proxy, Alive Systems, in its first two years to work around the limitations of NES carts. Alive Systems was also used to symbolize the remaining staff from Data Ministry who were still based in Sheffield, which lasted until 1994 due to financial issues. Cor-Son had a proper start in 1990, where they produced ports of arcade and computer games for the Game Boy.

The company was known for collaborating with multiple developers on their games, which was done to allow games to be produced quicker and scrounge up funds to obtain licenses. While they were an American company since 1994, they received backing from Canadian outlets since it was cheaper to produce content there. Cor-Son found themselves collaborating frequently with Radical Entertainment and High Voltage Software.

In 2014, Cor-Son announced that they would be exiting the gaming industry, as they were uncertain of the future of console gaming. They refused to produce games for the XBOX One, they had little faith in the Wii U and tensions have been apparent between them and Sony since 2002, where Cor-Son refused to take direct involvement in the PS2 and found it difficult to develop for the PlayStation 3. They intended to keep producing games for the XBOX 360, but turned on it since it would lead to poor sales as that wasn't a currency system anymore.

The remainder of the company was sold to Take Two Interactive, with the deal being completed by the end of the year and it getting shut down.

Games Developed

Title Year Publisher System Office
As Alive Systems
Popeye vs. The Sea Hag 1989 U.S. Gold Sega Master System N/A
I Come in Peace 1990 Ocean NES N/A
Rainbow Islands 1991 Taito Game Boy N/A
Scooby Doo in the Castle Mystery 1991 Sunsoft/Elite Systems Game Boy N/A
James Pond: Underwater Agent 1993 Electronic Arts Game Boy N/A
Roger and Hammerstine: Adventures Through Time 1994 Electronic Arts NES, SEGA Master System, SNES, SEGA Genesis, MS-DOS, SEGA CD, Atari Jaguar, 3DO, CD-i, Amiga, Amiga CD-32 N/A
As Cor-Son Games
Land of the Lost 1991 SETA Corporation SNES, SEGA Genesis Dallas
Green Jean 1992 Sony Imagesoft SNES, SEGA Genesis Dallas
Alison and Colleen 1993 ASC Games NES, SEGA Master System, Game Boy, Game Gear, SEGA Genesis Dallas
Zany Golf Expanded 1995 Electronic Arts 3DO Dallas
Suburban Beasts 1995 Activision PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, PC, 3DO Dallas
X-Men: One Nation, Under Magneto 1996 Acclaim Entertainment PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, PC Memphis
Green Jean 2: Enter the Nega-Jean 1997 Eidos Interactive SEGA Saturn, PlayStation Dallas
Alison and Colleen: Small World 1998 ASC Games PlayStation, Windows, Game Boy Dallas
Super Sprint 1998 Hasbro Interactive/Gremlin Graphics PlayStation Boston
Zany Golf 3D 1998 Electronic Arts PlayStation, Nintendo 64 Las Vegas
Hanna Barbera All-Stars: Ten Pin Alley 1999 ASC Games/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PlayStation, Dreamcast Salt Lake City
Scooby Doo: Terror Time 1999 Eidos Interactive/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color Las Vegas
MTV's Fear 2000 THQ PlayStation, PC Memphis
Disney RaceMania 2001 THQ/Disney Interactive PlayStation, GameCube, PlayStation 2, XBOX, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance Las Vegas
Alison and Colleen: Come in Peace, Go in Pieces 2002 THQ Gamecube, PlayStation 2, XBOX Dallas
Colecollection 2002 Crave Entertainment GameCube, XBOX, PlayStation 2 Las Vegas
Scooby Doo: The First Mystery 2003 THQ GameCube, XBOX, PlayStation 2 Memphis
Green Jean 3: Downers Against the Upside 2003 Vivendi Universal Games/Fox Interactive Windows, XBOX, PlayStation 2 Dallas
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly 2003 Vivendi Universal Games/Universal Interactive Game Boy Advance Memphis
Hell in Da Hood 2004 Eidos Interactive XBOX, PlayStation 2 Dallas
Spyro: A Hero's Tail 2004/2005 Vivendi Universal Games Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable Memphis
Cor-Son's Cartridge Collection 2005 Crave Entertainment GameCube, XBOX, PlayStation 2 Dallas
Mr. Water 2005 Sierra Entertainment XBOX 360, PlayStation Portable Memphis
Alison and Colleen Forever 2006 THQ XBOX 360, PlayStation Portable Dallas
Green Jean: Bout of all Bouts 2007 Sierra Entertainment XBOX 360, PlayStation 3 Dallas
Harvest Night 2012 2K Games PC Dallas
Alison and Colleen: HD Collection 2014 2K Games PlayStation 3, XBOX 360 Dallas

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