Trivia: Humongous Entertainment

  • Adored by the Network: Infogrames Europe had a strange fondness for four of the games (Putt-Putt Enters the Race, Spy Fox 2, Freddi Fish 4, and Pajama Sam 3), often given the Fan Nickname "the Infogrammes Four". Whenever they were ready to lead foreign dubs of Humongous games, these four were usually the first in line to get dubbed, like in Italy and the UK.
  • Executive Meddling: Not much during their early years, but after they went under Infogrames' ownership, this happened in spades. According to some of the former workers, they were very resistant to any new intellectual properties, including one case mentioned below. They also were responsible for a lot of the reason MoonBase Commander failed, showing a complete lack of interest in it and going so far as not giving it an E3 press release. Ron Gilbert held such a disdain for them that he attempted buying his company back from Infogrames, but the Internet bubble popped the day the purchase was supposed to happen; understandably, he and many other key members, including Dave Grossman and Shelley Day, left after realizing things weren't going to get any better.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ron Gilbert of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island fame co-created this company.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Humongous recycled a lot of sound effects in their games.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Oh god, their games have a TON of the Star Fox and Valve actors doing voices, such as:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Humongous generally tried to avoid this, since they kept repackaging and re-releasing a lot of the games and putting them back on the store shelves. Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo alone was repackaged so many times that it's become remarkably easy to find.
    • Almost their entire library (minus the Big Thinkers games, any of the Backyard Sports games, and the Blues Clues games) are available on Steam.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There exists conceptual designs for 3D models of the Junior Adventure characters as well as a 3D background for a Freddi Fish game that never saw the light of day, meaning the games were about to head into the 3D direction before the Atari buyout.
    • A series of games based on a character named "Miss Hap" was planned to have a game, but the executives did not have faith in a female protagonist and chose to shelf the project. Clearly that had never happened in a Humongous game before.
    • Cavedog Entertainment was one of two possible names suggested for that subdivision. The other was Frozen Yak Entertainment. They flipped a coin.