Stellar Stone LLC, doing business as Stellar Stone Group (and commonly called Stellar Stone), was a video game developer founded in 2000 and based in Santa Monica, California. The company also had offices in Los Angeles and London. However, the development teams were actually located in Russia and Ukraine in order to produce games with a low budget of $15,000. Other European or U.S.-based developers typically made games costing three to five times that.
Every game they developed was based on the Eternity game engine, which was produced by Sergey Titov and licensed them the engine in exchange for a majority of the company. According to Titov, Stellar Stone wanted to do everything cheaply to the point they weren't even willing to put in 200-300K to create their own internal engine. However, despite being the company's co-owner, Titov himself had little to no design or development input.
Stellar Stone ceased operations in 2006. Titov would later go on to produce and publish other critically panned games such as Infestation: Survivor Stories.
List of Games Developed
Stellar Stone developed seven games, most of which are relatively unknown. Their best known game is Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing, which has been widely considered to be one of the worst games of all time. With the exception of Taxi Racer, all of their games were published by GameMill Publishing. Taxi Racer was published by the now-defunct BestBuys Interactive.
- Taxi Racer (2001)
- Remington Big Buck Trophy Hunt (2002)
- Gettysburg: Civil War Battles (2003)
- Ultimate Civil War Battles: Robert E. Lee vs. Ulysses S. Grant (2003)
- Total Pinball 25 (2003)
- Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (2003)
- Midnight Race Club: Supercharged! (2004)
Why Their Games Sucked
- Many bugs and glitches.
- Many games are often unfinished and rushed.
- False advertising. Big Rigs and Midnight Race Club: Supercharged! are good examples. Both of these games are sold in boxes that feature things that aren't in the game.
- Boring gameplay.
- Terrible visuals and audio.
- Outdated graphics.
- Broken physics.