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A History of Korean Gaming

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이오리스 Eolith

Founded:

April 30, 1996

Status:

taken over by Netbrain
(March 16, 2005)

Key People:


CEO (April 1996-March 2004)

CEO (March 2004-March 2005)
최상덕 Choe Sangdeok:
CEO (March 2005-2006)
이상현 Yi Sanghyeon:
Director R&D

Website:

www.eolith.co.kr (offline)


엠드림 M-Dream

Founded:

February 2000

Status:

defunct (around 2007)

Key People:


CEO

Website:

www.m-dream.com (offline)


네오리스 Neolith

Founded:

May 2008

Status:

active?

Key People:

최현정 Choe Hyeonjeong:
CEO

Website:

none


First investments into the enterprise that would eventually form the arcade game manufacturer Eolith were made by Kumkang in March 19941, and although Eolith was founded as an independent company in 1996, Kum Gang published their early arcade games. In the new millenium, Eolith formed a small chain of franchise arcades called G-Park and registered at KOSDAQ on June 7th, as the first Korean arcade game maker2. Besides video games, their mechanical redemption machines Eldorado (Ministry of Culture and Tourism Game of the Month June 2001) and Mugunghwa Kkot-i Pieosseumnida ("The roses of Sharon have blossomed"; Game of the Month November 2001 & Arcade Game of the Year 2001)3. Although some of their Hidden Catch games were marketed in Europe, the global gaming community only really took notice of the company when some of the rights to SNK properties landed in its hands, and Eolith found itself in charge for The King of Fighters 2001 and 2002 (the majority of the game credits still went to the same team as other episodes, though, with only a nominal director and a producer from Eolith staff).

M-Dream was founded by a former Eolith employee and specialized in developing mobile games, mostly ports of famous Japanese arcade games, they had an especially strong bond with Taito. They also developed a couple of online titles, and localized and published a number of PS2 and PC games. In November 2002 the subsidiary M-Dream China was formed4.

After reaching its height in 2001, Eolith came into financial troubles, and in November 2003 merged with M-Dream5. The joined companies operated as Eolith, but M-Dream's Choe Jeongho became its new CEO (from March 2004), and the M-Dream name never disappeared, but even outlived Eolith. Half a year after merging with M-Dream and shifting the main focus to mobile games, Eolith reportedly was in the black again for the first time in three years6.

The merger couldn't save Eolith in the long run, though. In On June 3rd, 2005 it was bought out by another company called Netbrain7, eventually integrated in the pharma company Neurotech and thoroughly restructured. Eolith finally disappeared when it was renamed to Neurotech Pharma on November 8th, 20068. M-Dream, seemingly a separate company again, continued to publish mobile games until 2007, but then quietly disappeared as well. M-Dream China still seems to operate, though.

In May 2008, a new company named Neolith appeared, which seems to own at least some former Eolith properties, as it uses the same logo and continues the Hidden Catch series (which in the meantime had gotten another sequel published by F2System). Not much is known about Neolith, though, as it doesn't have a web presence. It received government support of 160,000,000 Won, but never showed much of a result9.


Games

Screaming Hunter (스크레밍헌터) - Arcade (December 1996)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Action



(크사나) Ksana - Arcade (March 1997)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Kumkang

Genre:

Fighting



Grand Prix Derby - Arcade (July 1997)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Trivision

Genre:

Simulation



Racoon World - Arcade (December 1997)

Racoon World (Arcade)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Kumkang

Genre:

Action: Single Screen


Racoon World (Arcade)


Linky Pipe - Arcade (December 1997)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Kumkang

Genre:

Puzzle



Iron Fortress - Arcade (December 1997)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Kumkang

Genre:

Action: Single Screen



Puzzle King: Dance & Puzzle (퍼즐킹) - Arcade (1998)

Puzzle King (Arcade)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Game Korea

Genre:

Puzzle


Puzzle King (Arcade)


Hidden Catch (히든캐치) / 틀린그림찾기 (Teullin Geurim Chatgi) series - Arcade (1998-2009)

Hidden Catch (June 1998)
New Hidden Catch (March 1999)
Hidden Catch 2 (July 1999)
Hidden Catch 3 (December 2000)
Hidden Catch 2000 (2000)
Hidden Catch 3 Plus (2001)
Hidden Catch Movie (2003)
Hidden Catch 4 (2007) [F2 System]
Hidden Catch 5 (2010) [Neolith/NiceN2]

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Puzzle


Hidden Catch (Arcade)

Hidden Catch 2 (Arcade)


미스땅짜르기 (Miss Ttang Jjareugi) / Land Breaker - Arcade (2000)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Action: Single Screen



댄스머신18 (Dance Machine 18) - Arcade (March 6, 2000)

Cabinet

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Music



Fortress 2 Blue (포트리스2블루) - Arcade (September 2001)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Strategy



Crazy War (크레이지워) - Arcade (2002)

Poster

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Action


Crazy War (Arcade)

Crazy War (Arcade)


Burning Striker (버닝스트라이커) - Arcade (2003)

Poster

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Sports



BnB Arcade (비엔비아케이드) - Arcade (May 2003)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Eolith

Publisher:

Eolith

Genre:

Action: Single Screen



Mobile Games (2000-2007)


플라잉벅스 (Flying Bugs) - Windows (August 18, 2002)

Poster

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

M-Dream

Publisher:

Hanaro Dream

Genre:

Shoot-'em-Up


Flying Bugs (Windows)


퍼즐버블 (Puzzle Bobble) - Windows (March 27, 2004)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

M-Dream

Publisher:

M-Dream

Genre:

Puzzle



References
1. Amuse World 11/1997, page 30
2. Eolith Company History (archived)
3. Eolith Company History (archived)
4. M-Dream Company History
5. iNews 12/10/2003
6. Digital Times 6/4/2004
7. hankooki.com 3/17/2005
8. http://www.neurotech.co.kr
9. Gameabout 9/30/2011


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