Currently approaching our twenty first birthday, and with a portfolio of over forty titles on most major platforms, Tantalus is one of the world’s leading independent development studios. Renowned for handheld work on franchises such as SpongeBob
, MX vs ATV
, Ben 10
and the million-unit-selling Pony Friends
, Tantalus also develops for the current generation of consoles. The next phase of growth and platform diversification has seen the release of the company’s first Nintendo Wii U title, the addition of smartphone titles and more digital distribution projects. Tantalus has some 20 developers at its Melbourne studio.
Tantalus began life as a conversion house, adapting coin-op titles to console and PC. Despite tough schedules and impossible deadlines, Tantalus soon earned a reputation for consistency and reliability. Manx TT Superbike
became a star attraction on the Sega Saturn while Area 51
, The House of the Dead
and Maximum Force
rate among the other critical and commercial successes of those early years. Titles such as Monster Truck Madness
helped Tantalus build a reputation as a world-leading developer on Game Boy Advance, culminating in the highly acclaimed Nintendo-published Top Gear Rally
winning IGN Game of the Year.