Data Design Interactive

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Data Design Interactive
The biggest shovelware factory in the history of the gaming industry.
Founded: 1983
Defunct: August 24, 2012
Headquarters: United Kingdom
Key people: Karl White
Adrian Fox
Parent: Green Solutions Ltd.
Subsidiaries: Popcorn Arcade

Data Design Interactive Ltd. was a British video game developer and publisher founded in 1983. It was originally known as Data Design Systems before being acquired by Green Solutions in 1990 and renamed in 1999. In 2007, they bought Metro3D Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Metro3D, Inc. and reformed it into their Wii development subsidiary, Popcorn Arcade. They also had a US-based office known as Data Design Interactive, LLC, that opened in 2008. The company shut down in August 2012.

List of Games

  1. Action Girlz Racing (PC, 2005, PlayStation 2, Wii, 2007)
  2. Aliens (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  3. An American Tail (PlayStation 2, 2007)
  4. Anubis II (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2007)
  5. Austin Mini Racing (PC, PlayStation 2, 2006)
  6. Battle Rage: The Robot Wars (Wii, 2008)
  7. Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing (PC, PlayStation 2, 2006, Wii, 2007)
  8. Bomber (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  9. Casper and The Ghostly Trio (PlayStation 2, 2006)
  10. Caverns D'OR (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  11. City Soccer Challenge (PC, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2008)
  12. Classic British Motor Racing (PC, PlayStation 2 2006, Wii; 2008)
  13. Conquest Earth: "First Encounter" (PC, 1997)
  14. Crazy Mini Golf (Wii, 2008)
  15. Crazy Mini Golf 2 (Nintendo Switch, 2019, Wii, 2009)
  16. Earache Extreme Metal Racing (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2007, Wii, 2008)
  17. Gubble Buggy Racer (PC, 2000)
  18. Habitrail Hamster Ball (PC, 2004, PlayStation 2, 2005)
  19. Hamster Heroes (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2008)
  20. Invadas (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  21. Junior League Sports (Nintendo Switch, 2019, Wii, 2010)
  22. Kawasaki Jet Ski (PC, PlayStation 2, 2007, Wii, 2008)
  23. Kawasaki Quad Bikes (PC, PlayStation 2, Wii, 2007)
  24. Kawasaki Snowmobiles (PC, PlayStation 2, 2007, Wii, 2008)
  25. Kidz Sports Basketball (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2004, Wii, 2007)
  26. Kidz Sports Ice Hockey (PC, 2007, PlayStation 2, 2004, Wii, 2008)
  27. LEGO Rock Raiders (PlayStation, 2000)
  28. Living World Racing (PC, PlayStation 2, 2005)
  29. London Taxi: Rush Hour (PC, PlayStation 2, 2006, Wii, 2008)
  30. Luna Rover (ZX Spectrum, 1985)
  31. Mini Desktop Racing (PC, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2007)
  32. Monster Trux Extreme: Arena Edition (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2007)
  33. Monster Trux Extreme: Offroad Edition (PC, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2007)
  34. My Personal Golf Trainer (Wii, 2010)
  35. Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2004, Wii, 2007)
  36. Myth Makers: Super Kart GP (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, 2004, Wii, 2007)
  37. Myth Makers: Trixie in Toyland (PC, 2005, PlayStation 2, 2007, Wii, 2008)
  38. Nickelodeon Party Blast (GameCube, PC, Xbox, 2002)
  39. Ninjabread Man (PC, PlayStation 2, 2005, Wii, 2007)
  40. Offroad Extreme! Special Edition (PC, 2006, PlayStation 2, Wii, 2007)
  41. Farmyard Party (Wii, 2009)
  42. Rig Racer 2 (PC, 2005, PlayStation 2, 2006, Wii, 2007)
  43. Rise of the Robots (Game Gear, Sega Mega Drive, SNES, 1994)
  44. Rock 'N' Roll Adventures (PC, PlayStation 2, Wii, 2007)
  45. Simeon (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  46. Space Fright (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  47. Tonka Monster Trucks (PC, 2001)
  48. Tonka Space Station (PC, PlayStation, 2000)
  49. Urban Extreme (PC, PlayStation 2, 2006, Wii, 2008)
  50. Wheel of Fortune (Game Boy, 1990)
  51. Zombie Island (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  52. Annals of Rome (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  53. DNA Warrior (ZX Spectrum, 1989)
  54. Invasion Force (ZX Spectrum, 1990)
  55. James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod (Commodore 64, 1992, Game Boy, 1993)
  56. Jeopardy! (Game Boy, 1991)
  57. Jeopardy! Platinum Edition (Game Boy, 1996)
  58. Jeopardy! Sports Edition (Game Boy, 1994)
  59. Jeopardy! Teen Tournament (Game Boy, 1996)
  60. LEGO Chess (PC, 1998)
  61. LEGO Rock Raiders (PC, 1999)
  62. Loopz (Amstrad CPC, 1990, ZX Spectrum, 1991)
  63. Xenon 2: Megablast (Sega Master System, 1991)
  64. Pegasus Bridge (ZX Spectrum, 1988)
  65. Pinkie (Amiga, 1994, SNES, 2018)
  66. Pogotron (ZX Spectrum, 1989)
  67. Super League (ZX Spectrum, 1983)
  68. Tobruk (Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, 1987)
  69. Waterworld (Sega Mega Drive, Unreleased)
  70. X-It (Amiga, PC, 1994)

Utility software

  1. 64 Column Display (ZX Spectrum, 1987)
  2. BASIC+ (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  3. Elite Editor (ZX Spectrum, 1986)
  4. Printer (ZX Spectrum, 1987)
  5. Sprite Designer (ZX Spectrum, 1987)

Why Their Games Sucked

Note that this part will focus on 2000s games that they developed, since the majority of their earlier games are very obscure.

  1. The large part of shovelware games, and partly responsible for the saturation of the Wii's marketplace.
  2. After the release of Ninjabread Man, Data Design Interactive started reskinning it to make new games with the exact same gameplay but with different themes and levels. In other words, they made clone games of their own games. For example, Habitrail Hamster Ball and Hamster Heroes are clones of Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom. They even reskinned the main menus!
  3. Speaking of copying, some of their games even have the same music, one example is Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing and Myth Makers: Super Kart GP both having the exact same opening theme.
  4. The nail that seals the coffin on copying is that even the back pf some of their game boxes are the exact same layout.
  5. Most games are extremely short, clocking in at around 1-2 hours long.
  6. Awful controls. For example, Anubis II on Wii has the jump command mapped to the Z button, but swinging the nunchuck does the same thing! plus, swinging the Nunchuck to jump is never mentioned in the game manual.
  7. Most games have little content, you'll typically see all of the game's content in a single playthrough
  8. Terrible graphics. Most games use the same engine, which has hardly improved for many years.
  9. Unresponsive Wii motion controls.
  10. Terrible sound quality, often being ripped from their other titles, including the music or SFX.
  11. Repetitive and boring gameplay.
  12. The camera design is bad.





6 months ago
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I had the unfortunate pleasure of owning one of their games, Kawasaki Jet Ski to be precise. When I had the game around 2009 or so, I was a clueless person, I couldn't tell between a good and a bad game. Upon hearing that Data Design Interactive was a company with a not-so-good track record, I distanced myself from this inferior piece of shovelware. This ended up making me lose faith in the Wii.


4 months ago
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When I was young I owned Off-road Extreme for the Wii, another one of their games. It was awful. I could never control the damn the vehicle and overall the game was boring. We should give this game a page on this wiki.


6 months ago
Score 3
The Only Reedeming Quality is that Legos Rock Raiders was their only good game


3 months ago
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I mostly know Data Design Interactive for Ninjabread Man.


6 days ago
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Shovelware Design Interactive

Mr. Dready

5 days ago
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I've just remembered now, when i was little i've got one of they're shovelware game Monster Trux Extreme: Offroad Edition in a cereal box when i was little, i just can't believe it.

Boy rootpaste

5 days ago
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data design games in a cereal box?

Mr. Dready

5 days ago
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Yes this was one of them, it was on those Nestle brands of cereal.

Mr. Dready

5 days ago
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But at the same time they we're also 2 Incagold games sold on the cereal box, but i didn't buy the other 2's, though i've got 1 other (Which was Midnight Racing) from someone.

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