Dynamix, Inc.

Moby ID: 42

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Dynamix Inc. was located in Eugene, Oregon. Originally, the company was named Software Entertainment Company, which was started by Jeff Tunnell and Damon Slye, two graduates from the University of Oregon. After they changed the company's name into Dynamix in 1984, Kevin Ryan and Richard Hicks, also UO graduates, became co-owner/partners. The first contract they managed to get was with Electronic Arts, which resulted in Arcticfox (1986). The game was a hit and took home the SPA's Gold Award.

Dynamix decided to self-publish their games, and in 1989 A-10 Tank Killer and David Wolf: Secret Agent were shipped as affiliated label products for Activision, with the Dynamix label shown on the game boxes for the first time. The games weren't making enough money to keep Dynamix going, and in August 1990 the company was sold to Sierra On-Line. Though Dynamix published in this period various adventure games (Rise of the Dragon, Heart of China, The Adventures of Willy Beamish), the company was bought for their know-how of simulation games and genres in which Sierra On-Line was weak.

After the buyout the company grew rapidly, expanding from around 30 people to more than 100 in 1993, and the company had to relocate from Downtown Eugene to the UO’s Riverfront Research Park. However, Jeff Tunnell had left the company after finishing The Adventures of Willy Beamish (1991), to start his own company Jeff Tunnell Productions, which made very highly successful games for Sierra On-Line (for example The Incredible Machine series). Circumstances brought Tunnell back in 1995.

Shortly after his return, Sierra On-Line was sold by Ken Williams to CUC International, a company that had no experience in making games (1996). Though Dynamix continued to make successful simulation and action games, it couldn't survive in the series of corporate take-overs that followed. A restructuring of Sierra On-Line in September 1999 resulted in the end of Dynamix as a brand and a separate business entity. Two years later, on Tuesday August 14, 2001, the Dynamix studio was shut down.

Credited on 109 Games from 1985 to 2009

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Red Baron Pack (2009 on Windows)
The Incredible Machine: Mega Pack (2009 on Windows)
Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games (2008 on Windows, Macintosh)
Tribes 2 (2001 on Linux, Windows)
Field & Stream: Trophy Hunting 5 (2001 on Windows)
The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions (2001 on Windows, Palm OS, Macintosh)
3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride (2000 on Game Boy Color)
3-D Ultra Lionel Train Town Deluxe (2000 on Windows)
Field & Stream: Trophy Hunting 4 (2000 on Windows)
Maximum Pool (2000 on Dreamcast, Macintosh, Windows)
3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride (2000 on Windows, Macintosh)
3-D Ultra Radio Control Racers Deluxe: Traxxas Edition (2000 on Windows)
Field & Stream: Trophy Bass 4 (2000 on Windows)
RC Racers II (2000 on Windows)
Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions (2000 on Windows, Macintosh)
3-D Ultra Radio Control Racers (1999 on Windows)
Field & Stream: Trophy Bass 3D (1999 on Windows)
Desert Fighters (Alpha Technology Release) (1999 on Windows)
Starsiege (1999 on Windows)
3-D Ultra Cool Pool (1999 on Windows)

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History +

August 14, 2001

Studio closed by Sierra.


After laying off a part of the Eugene workforce, Dan White, along with 8 other co-workers, strike out on their own and found Pipeworks Software.


Acquired by Sierra.


Company founded by Jeff Tunnell and Damon Slye in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America.

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Dynamix's company website was formerly located at www.dynamix.com

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