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Mountain King Studios Inc.


Mountain King Studios is a US development studio originally established as Cygnus Studios, Inc. (or Cygnus Software) by Scott Host. The studio's first release was the top-down shooter Galactix in 1992. The game attracted the attention of Apogee and in the vein of Galactix a similar top-down shooter was created, Raptor: Call of the Shadows. It was released in 1994.

After that, the company worked on two more titles. The Second Sword was an RPG based on the engine by id Software used in ShadowCaster, but it was abandoned. The second was Strife, where development was eventually taken over by Rogue Entertainment when the designer Jim Molinets left Cygnus for Rogue, shortly followed by Rich Fleider and Tim Neveu.

After that Cygnus was renamed Mountain King Studios and work was started on a next top-down shooter: DemonStar. It was released in 1998 and eventually followed up with two spin-offs based on the same engine: DemonStar: Secret Missions 1 (2002) and DemonStar: Secret Missions 2 (2003).

Other released titles are the puzzle game Treasure Fall, the insect-based real-time strategy games Swarm Assault and Swarm Rampage, Hypertron 2, and the shooters Juno Nemesis and Juno Nemesis Remix.

Also Known As

  • Cygnus Multimedia Productions, Inc.
  • Cygnus Software Inc. (from 1992 to present) -- The company name when they developed and released Galactix


Swarm Rampage(2007)
DemonStar: Secret Missions 2(2003)
Juno Nemesis Remix(2003)
DemonStar: Secret Missions 1(2002)
Swarm Assault(2001)
Realms of Chaos(1995)
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars(1995)
HardBall 5(1995)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure(1994)
Blake Stone: Planet Strike!(1994)
Raptor: Call of the Shadows(1994)
Hocus Pocus(1994)
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold(1993)
Duke Nukem II(1993)


id Software moved Cygnus Studios into an office next to theirs while they were making Raptor: Call of the Shadows so they could work on Strife when they were finished with it.

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