Mindscape SA

Moby ID: 9

  • Mindscape, Inc. (from 1983 to 2001-09)

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Mindscape, as we know it now, is the result of a turbulent change of events spanning 15 years which took the company on a rollercoaster ride, soaring it to huge success, plumpeting it to the brink of extinction and back again.

Roger M. Buoy, previously an Executive Vice President with Scholastic, Inc., founded Mindscape, Inc. in 1983.

Located in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Mindscape, Inc. was a very successful publisher and distributor of Commodore, Amiga and DOS games as well as educational software and applications. In 1986/87, Mindscape acquired software companies Scarborough Systems, Learning Well, and CBS Interactive Learning.

In March 1990, The Software Toolworks of Novato, California, acquired Mindscape, moved it to California and set it up as an independently operated division. The deal, worth $40 million, included Mindscape's licensing arrangement to design game cartridges for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Mindscape founder Roger Buoy remained on board but stepped down from management in 1992.

On April 11, 1994, The Software Toolworks and Mindscape, Inc. were acquired by London-based media group Pearson, plc for about $500 million. The resulting company was renamed Mindscape, Inc. once again. Acquisitions by Mindscape, Inc. while Pearson, plc owned the company included Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI) (in Oct. 1994), which operated as a development subsidiary, and MicroLogic Software, Inc. (in Sept. 1995). Pearson, plc formed Mindscape Online Publishing for digital publishing and distributing during this period.

In 1995, these office locations were listed in a press release, and the company was referred to as Mindscape Entertainment:* Azusa, California * Northridge, California * Naperville, Illinois * Mindscape International Ltd. (West Sussex, England) * Mindscape International GmbH (Kaarst/Ruhr/Dusseldorf, Germany) * Paris, France * Castle Hill, Australia

In 1997 Mindscape was reported as headquartered in Novato, Calif., with offices in Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The next couple of years caused the most upheaval for Mindscape. In a nutshell, Mindscape was bought and sold three times in the span of three years. First acquired by The Learning Company (TLC) (1998), then sold to Mattel, the toy company, along with TLC (1999), and TLC/Mindscape was sold yet again to the Gore Technology Group (2000). (See the History items for more details.) Luckily most of the Mindscape companies and divisions were kept separate as a unit and did not get absorbed by any other entity. The only exception to this was the United States location in Novato, California, which became part of The Learning Company somewhere along the way.

Mindscape's ultimate salvation came in 2001 when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Nordman, formerly managing director of TLC's international division TLC Edusoft, came forth and acquired all of the Mindscape subsidiaries from the Gore Technology Group. Former executives of The Learning Company (TLC), Broderbund and Mindscape joined the company with Nordman as CEO. They named it Mindscape SA.

Mindscape SA is headquartered in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, a suburb west of Paris. The company specializes in the editing and publishing of educational and recreational software in three principal products lines: youth-oriented games, family oriented games and educational software.

Mindscape SA Subsidiaries:* Mindscape Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. (Australia) * Mindscape Northern Europe BV (The Netherlands) * Mindscape Germany GmbH (Germany) * Mindscape (UK) Ltd (United Kingdom) * Mindscape Latin America (New York) * Mindscape Japan

Mindscape SA acquisitions:* Montparnasse Multimedia (acquired April 2002) * Alsyd (acquired July 2003) * Coktel Vision (acquired in 2005) * OpenMind International (acquired November 2006) * Kaolink SAS (acquired in 2008)

Credited on 364 Games from 1983 to 2023

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Jigsaw Advent Calendar (2023 on Windows)
Games Advent Calendar: 25 Days - 25 Surprises (2023 on Macintosh, Windows)
Paperman: Adventure Delivered (2023 on PlayStation 5, Windows, PlayStation 4...)
My Riding Stables 2: A New Adventure (2020 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)
Days of Thunder: Unreleased Version (2020 on NES)
Lucha Fury (2011 on Xbox 360)
Crasher (2011 on Windows, Macintosh)
Horse Star (2010 on Windows)
Dance Paradise (2010 on Xbox 360)
My First Songs (2010 on Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Wii)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas - Collection (2010 on Windows)
U-Sing: Johnny Hallyday (2010 on Wii)
Beat the Intro (2010 on Nintendo DS)
Abra Academy / Abra Academy: Returning Cast (2010 on Windows)
Army Defender (2009 on Nintendo DSi)
Adibou et les saisons magiques (2009 on Windows, Wii)
Cuisine Party (2009 on Wii, Nintendo DS)
Countdown: The Game (2009 on Nintendo DS, Wii)
I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! (2009 on Wii)
U-Sing (2009 on Wii)

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History +

January 31, 2008

The company acquires Kaolink.

December 2007

The company becomes a publicly listed company on France's Alternext stock market.

November 2006

The company acquires OpenMind International, a Paris, France-based publisher of language products.


Mindscape purchases the studio Coktel Vision from Vivendi Universal Games.

July 2003

The company acquires Alsyd, a French publisher of professional and practical life CDs.

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Trivia +

Location and contact information for Mindscape France (1996)

Mindscape France

74 D rue de Paris

35069 Rennes Cedex


Tél. : +33 (0)2 99 87 58 87

Fax : +33 (0)2 99 87 58 88

Location and contact information for Mindscape France (2009)

Mindscape France

73-77 rue de Sèvres

92514 Boulogne-Billancourt


Tél. : +33 (0)1 55 38 48 00

Fax : +33 (0)1 55 38 48 01

Web : http://www.mindscape.fr

Location and contact information for Mindscape Inc. (circa 1983)

Mindscape, Inc.

3444 Dundee Road

Northbrook, IL 60062


Telephone: (312) 480-7667

Location and contact information for Mindscape Inc. (December 1994)

Mindscape Inc.

60 Leveroni Court

Novato, CA 94949


Tel. : +1 415-883-3000

Fax : +1 415-883-3838

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