Parker Brothers

Moby ID: 3135

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Parker Brothers is most well known as the creator of numerous successful board games such as Monopoly, Clue, and Risk. The company has been manufacturing games for well over a century.

George S. Parker founded the George S. Parker Company in 1883 to sell his first board game called Banking. When his brother, Charles, joined him in the business in 1888, the name was changed to Parker Brothers. The company remained family owned until 1968, when the company was purchased by General Mills. The company's first forays into electronic gaming came in the late 1970's and early 1980's, when they began to produce electronic versions of their popular board games.

Parker Brothers entered the video game market in 1982. They originally produced games for the Atari 2600, Odyssey 2, Intellivision, Atari 5200, and ColecoVision consoles as well as for various computer systems. They primarily licensed successful arcade and computer titles from other companies and produced few original titles. After the video game crash of 1983-84, the company briefly left the video game business.

In 1985, Parker Brothers joined Kenner Products to form a new company called Kenner Parker Toys, Inc. In 1987, Kenner Parker Toys was acquired by the Tonka Corporation. That same year, Sega of America inked a deal with Tonka to market their Master System console, which was experiencing sluggish sales. Tonka marketed and distributed Sega's 8-bit system from 1987 to 1989, and during that time Parker Brothers developed several games exclusively for that system. Sales of the Master System did not improve under Tonka, however, and in late 1989, Sega ended their relationship with Tonka. With this, Parker Brothers once again left the video game business.

Tonka Corporation was acquired by Hasbro, Inc. in 1991 and Parker Brothers remains a division of Hasbro to this day.

Credited on 40 Games from 1977 to 2000

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DX Monopoly GB (2000 on Game Boy Color)
Jumanji (1996 on Dedicated handheld)
Risk: Parker Brothers' World Conquest Game (1994 on Genesis)
Trivial Pursuit Interactive Multimedia Game (1994 on Windows 3.x, SEGA CD)
Boggle Plus (1992 on Game Boy)
Clue (1992 on SNES, Genesis)
Monopoly Deluxe (1992 on DOS, Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Monopoly (1991 on Game Boy, Game Boy Color, SNES...)
Heavy Shreddin' (1990 on NES)
Trivial Pursuit: The Computer Game (1990 on DOS)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1988 on SEGA Master System)
King's Quest (1984 on DOS, PC Booter, Amiga...)
Montezuma's Revenge (1984 on Windows, PC Booter, SEGA Master System...)
Frogger II: ThreeeDeep! (1984 on PC Booter, Commodore 64, Atari 2600...)
James Bond 007 (1984 on Commodore 64, Atari 2600, ColecoVision...)
Circus Charlie (1984 on NES, Commodore 64, MSX...)
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Death Star Battle (1983 on Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit...)
Star Wars (1983 on DOS, GameCube, Amiga...)
Strawberry Shortcake: Musical Match-Ups (1983 on Atari 2600)
Gyruss (1983 on NES, Commodore 64, Atari 2600...)

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History +


Hasbro stops using the Parker Brothers name, releasing all Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley Co. titles under the Hasbro Games name.


Tonka Toys Inc., along with it's subsidiaries Parker Brothers and Kenner Toys, is bought by Hasbro.


Kenner Parker Toys Inc. is bought by Tonka Toys Inc.


General Mills merges Parker Brothers with their Kenner Toys division to create Kenner Parker Toys Inc.


Company purchased by General Mills.

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Trivia +

The company is named after two actual brothers, George S. Parker and Frederick Huntington Parker.

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