Human Entertainment, Inc.

Moby ID: 1940

  • Sonata - Original company name (from 1987-04 to 1989)

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Human Entertainment was established in April 1987 as Sonata through the merger of two software companies, TRY Co., Ltd. and Communicate, Inc. The company originally produced ports, licensed titles, and peripheral games under contract from publishers such as Bandai and Konami.

The company changed names to Human in 1989, and shortly after that began publishing their own original titles, finding success with franchises such as Fire Pro Wrestling and Clock Tower, and even running a game design school in the mid-'90s from which many employees were recruited. They also started two joint development studios: BEC in 1990 with Bandai, and HuneX in 1992 with NEC Home Electronics. Both studios are still in operation today.

Human declared bankruptcy in November 1999, with staff and catalog rights going various ways. There were quite a few studios set up by former Human staffers: 5pb. (sound director Chiyomaru Shikura), Grasshopper Manufacture (Fire Pro Wrestling director Goichi Suda), Nude Maker (Clock Tower director Hifumi Kouno), S-NEO (Satoru Minei and Takeshi Aikou), Sandlot (Shirou Kuroda), Suzak (producer Masahiro Yonezawa), and Vaill.

Credited on 98 Games from 1987 to 2000

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Fire Pro Wrestling (2000 on Game Boy Advance, WonderSwan)
Bakusō Dekotora Densetsu for WonderSwan (1999 on WonderSwan)
Zipangujima: Unmei wa Saikoro ga Kimeru!? (1999 on PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PS Vita...)
Zoku Mikagura Shoujo Tanteidan: Kanketsuhen (1999 on PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP)
Fire Pro Wrestling G (1999 on PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PS Vita...)
Puzzle Mania 2 (1999 on PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3...)
Septentrion: Out of the Blue (1999 on PSP, PlayStation, PlayStation 3...)
Neko-Zamurai (1999 on PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation...)
Puzzle Mania (1999 on PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PS Vita...)
Mizzurna Falls (1998 on PlayStation)
Mikagura Shoujo Tanteidan (1998 on PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3...)
Blue Breaker Burst: Egao no Asu ni (1998 on PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3...)
The Drug Store: Matsumoto Kiyoshi de Okaimono! (1998 on PSP, PlayStation, PlayStation 3...)
Vanguard Bandits (1998 on PlayStation, PSP, PlayStation 3...)
Blue Breaker Burst: Hohoemi o Anata to (1998 on PSP, PlayStation 3, PlayStation...)
Twilight Syndrome Special (1998 on PlayStation)
First Kiss Story (1998 on PlayStation, PC-FX)
Air Boarder 64 (1998 on Nintendo 64)
Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within (1998 on PlayStation, PSP, PS Vita...)
The Conveni 2 (1997 on PSP, SEGA Saturn, PS Vita...)

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History +


Company went under late in the year.

Trivia +

In the mid-90s Human Entertainment operated a school called "Human Creative School," a 2 year education in making video games. Several games made by students at the school, such as Firemen and SOS, were published and became relatively successful.

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