Working with existing brands has always been a tantalising challenge for game designers and producers. With the potential to produce commercially successful and enjoyable games, while getting the chance to play with much loved worlds and characters, it’s understandable why game designers have delved into television and film time and time again for inspiration. However, few have taken on the challenge quite as expertly, or as creatively, as TT Games.
TT Games was established in 2005 with the coming together of long-standing game studio Traveller’s Tales, led by Managing Director Jon Burton, and publisher Giant Interactive, led by Head of Production Jonathan Smith. With strengths in both business and design, the newly formed amalgam TT Games changed how the industry looked at film tie-in games. As one of the few publishers known to specialise in children's games, their emphasis is on fun, comedy and casual gameplay, and they have succeeded time and again in producing original, fun titles that have fostered a strong following with both younger and older audiences.
At its inception, TT acquired the worldwide rights to LEGO games and began combining the versatility and imagination of LEGO with one of film’s most popular worlds to create LEGO Star Wars: The Videogame (2005). The unlikely combination of LEGO, Star Wars and puzzle-solving gameplay was a surprise hit, garnering acclaim not at all common to children's games.
Continuing the LEGO series, TT Games have branched into a variety of well-known film franchises, including Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, creating many entertaining, humorous and beloved titles. With each new title there has been an emphasis on improving the formula with new puzzles, gameplay and features. While most of their games are action-adventures, titles such as LEGO Rock Band (2009) and LEGO Battles (2009) have shown their strengths across different genres.
To date, the studio has won two BAFTAs, one for Gameplay in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy(2006) and the second for Children's Video Game of the Year for LEGO Batman: The Video Game (2008). They continue work on their ever-popular LEGO series, creating fun and accessible games across a number of platforms.