Most people know Ron Gilbert as the creator of The Secret of Monkey Island. More recently people know him for DeathSpank and The Cave. But there was a time between then when he started his own company, Humongous Entertainment, that focused on making adventure games for children. Such titles included Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox games. Now Humongous' collection has been restored for a Steam release.
The restoration was courtesy of the Portland-based Night Dive Studios, a developer that specialises in restoring old games (like System Shock 2 and The 7th Guest), and former NeoGeo X Gold distributor Tommo Inc, the company that purchased Humongous Entertainment from Atari last July following a bankruptcy proceeding.
"An entire generation of 90s and Millennial kids grew up on Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox games. Night Dive is thrilled to be able to deliver these transcendent games to a new generation of fans" said Night Dive Studios CEO Stephen Kick. "The Humongous Library is filled with hours of incredible animation, great dialog, beautiful soundtracks and fun for the whole family. Humongous set a standard in interactive and educational gaming for kids that has never been matched."
Without further ado, here's the current listing of what Night Dive and Humongous have in store for us on Steam over the months ahead:
- Putt-Putt Joins the Parade
- Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It's Dark Outside
- Spy Fox in: Dry Cereal
- Putt-Putt and Pep's Balloon-o-Rama
- Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness
- Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
- Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
- Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't so Frightening
- Spy Fox 2: Some Assembly Required
- Putt-Putt and Pep's Dog on a Stick
- Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries
- Putt-Putt Travels through Time
- Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
- Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet
- Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone
- Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear's Activity Pack
- Putt-Putt Enters the Race
- Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
- Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
- Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!
- Spy Fox in: Cheese Chase
- Putt-Putt: Pep's Birthday Surprise
- Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
- Pajama Sam's Sock Works
- Spy Fox in: Hold the Mustard
- Pajama Sam's Lost & Found
On a Reddit thread, Kick noted that Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo will be available in August, and that the studio is looking into bringing Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise to Steam along with "a rare Pajama Sam game that slipped through the cracks."