Shiny Entertainment was a Video Game company founded by Northern Irish video game developer David Perry, formerly of Virgin Interactive (who made the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Aladdin game), in 1993. Headquartered at Laguna Beach, California, their most well-known game is Earthworm Jim. They were first purchased by Interplay Entertainment, then, in 2002, they were bought by Infogrames (later renamed Atari after Infogrames acquired the Atari brand), and they and they continued until 2007, when they were bought by Foundation 9 and merged with a company called The Collective to form Double Helix Games. No word yet as local billionaire Lynn Tilton is going to buy the iconic video game developer from Foundation 9 (after it spun off from Double Helix Games).
Games created by Shiny Entertainment
- Earthworm Jim (1994)
- Earthworm Jim 2 (1995)
- MDK (1997)
- Wild 9 (1998)
- R/C Stunt Copter (1999)
- Messiah (2000)
- Sacrifice (2000)
- Enter the Matrix (2003)
- The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005)
- The Golden Compass (2007)
Shiny Entertainment and their works provide examples of:
- Breakthrough Hit: Earthworm Jim.
- Creator Killer: Enter the Matrix was the start of their fall from grace. The Golden Compass game was their last game before being merged with The Collective after being poorly received.
- Drop the Cow: Started with Earthworm Jim. As a Shout-Out, there would be cows dropped in some parts of MDK and Sacrifice.
- Excuse Plot: Some of their older games, including Earthworm Jim, MDK, and Wild 9.
- Licensed Game: Their later titles.
- Obvious Beta: Enter the Matrix and The Golden Compass can be said to be this.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Minor example, but R/C Stunt Copter uses the ending music from Earthworm Jim as its main menu theme.
- Widget Series: Some of their older work are this to some degree, but Earthworm Jim stands out.