Bugbear Entertainment is a Finnish
video game developer that focuses solely on racing games
. Founded between the end of The Nineties
and the Turn of the Millennium
, they've since produced a lot of original as well as several licensed titles. Most have been very well received and the studio is, despite its size (40 people), considered an important innovator in the racing game genre.Bugbear Entertainment's Official websiteBugbear Entertainment's Community Forums
Games developed by Bugbear Entertainment:
- Rally Trophy (2001) - PC
- Tough Trucks (2003) - PC
- Flat Out (2004) - PS2, XBOX 360, PC
- Glimmerati (2005) - N-Gage, Nokia
- Flat Out II (2006) - PS2, XBOX 360, PC, Macintosh
- Flat Out : Ultimate Carnage (2007) - XBOX 360, PC
- Sega Rally (2007) - PSP, Sega
- Ridge Racer Unbounded (2012) - PS3, XBOX 360, PC
Tropes concerning this developer:
- Author Appeal: Their penchant for inserting goofy or surreal humour into their games, just for Rule of Funny.
- Cool Car: Be it period-accurate Real Life cars or fictional cars, this is an absolute staple of pretty much every game they've ever made.
- Channel Hop: Being an independent studio, they frequently switched and switch their publishers. Even the Flat Out series changed publishers over time, due to the unexpected bankruptcy of the publisher of the first game in the series.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: A lot of attention went into the little details in their more simulation-based titles, as well as the minigames and possible driving tricks in the Flat Out series.
- Dueling Games: Rally Trophy had a bit of this with the second and third installment of the Colin McRae Rally series.
- Genre Throwback: Rally Trophy (1960s-1970s European rally racing) and the first Flat Out game (1970s US demolition derby), with hints of Retraux thrown in here and there. Later Flat Out installments kept most of the basic elements from the first game, but eschewed this trope.
- Mascot: The silly-looking bedsheet ghost in their logo. Making the developer's name a meaningful one, given that "bugbear" is an old-fashioned synonym for "spook" or "ghost". The logo itself has remained virtually the same ever since the studio's founding.
- Spiritual Successor: The original Flat Out started as a demolition derby one for Rally Trophy, sharing the same engine (albeit updated) and the same Genre Throwback style.
- Surreal Humour: A frequent little touch in many of their games, from the talkative and complaining co-driver in Rally Trophy to the over-the-top demolition derby races, crashes and minigames in the Flat Out series. The latter frequently border on Gallows Humour.
- Updated Re-release: Flat Out : Ultimate Carnage is one for Flat Out II.
- Wacky Racing: The Flat Out series, full stop.