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A History of Korean Gaming

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고봉 Ko Bong / 코메드 Comad

Founded:

January 1980

Status:

active

Key People:

高炳憲 Ko Byeongheon:
CEO

Website:

www.comad21.com


Founded in 1980, Ko Bong was the first company in Korea to be granted permission for the manufacturing of electromechanical amusement machines, which it started exporting to Lybia and Saudi Arabia in 1982.1 Ko Bong was one of six companies that joined Philko in forming the Korean Computer Graphics Research Association in 1987.2

Ko Bong first made video game news in 1989, but not in a good way: The company was being sued by Victor - not the Japanese company, but a Korean namesake led by none other than Kim Kaphwan, who later became chairman of Viccom and the Korea Computer Game Industrial Association - for producing, selling and exporting illegal copies of the SNK game Mechanized Attack since April of that year, only one month after it was originally released.3 Perhaps to wash itself of that stain, the company changed its name to Comad in March 19904 and started creating original titles - at least for a few years, before reverting to hacking other games.5

Comad is mostly known in the West for many raunchy variants on the game Qix. According to Jang In'gyeong, graphic designer for S.S. Mission, Gulf War II and Fantasia, these were made specifically for overseas markets and not released in Korea, where they wouldn't get past the rating board.6 Therefore, several of Comad's games have different versions for Korean and overseas markets. Comad contined producing video games at least until 2009, mostly for the overseas market, but it is uncertain if and where these were released. Mechanical amusement remains the company's main business.


Games

Pushman (푸시맨) - Arcade (1990)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Bouncing Balls (바운씽볼즈) - Arcade (1991)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Gulf War - Arcade (1991)

Gulf War II - Arcade (1991)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Shoot-em-up: Vertical




S.S. Mission (特命) - Arcade (1992)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Shoot-em-up: Vertical




Super Duck (슈퍼덕) / Hell Out - Arcade (1992)

American Arcade Flyer

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action: Top-down


Super Duck (Arcade)



Jump Kids (점프키드) - Arcade (1992)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action: Single Screen




Zero Zone (제로죤) - Arcade (1993)

Las Vegas Girl - Arcade (1994)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Fantasia (환타지아) - Arcade (1994)

Super Stars (슈퍼스타) - Arcade (1994)

Super Model (슈퍼모델) - Arcade (1994)

Super Miss World (슈퍼미스월드) - Arcade (1995)

New Fantasia - Arcade (1995)

Miss World '96 - Arcade (1996)

Miss Mister World '96 - Arcade (1996)

Fantasia II - Arcade (1997)

Wow: New Fantasia (와우) - Arcade (2001)

Wow: New Fantasia (와우) - Arcade (2001)

Wow³ (와우³) - Arcade (2002)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action: Single Screen




Star Pinball (스타핀볼) - Arcade (1995)

Hot Pinball - Arcade (1995)

Gals Pinball - Arcade (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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Pinball




Air Attack (에어어택크) - Arcade (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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Shoot-em-Up: Vertical




Funny Bubble - Arcade (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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Sports




Beach Festival World Championship 1997 - Arcade (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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Sports




Beat Player 2000 (비트플레이어2000) - Arcade (1999)

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:

dgPix Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Rhythm




X-Files (엑스파일) / The Secret of X-File - Arcade (1999)

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:

dgPix Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Elfin (엘핀) - Arcade (1999)

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:

dgPix Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Puzzle Piece (퍼즐피스) - Arcade (1999)

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:

Soft Bridge

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Puzzle




Let's Dance (렛츠댄스) - 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:

dgPix Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Rhythm




Fishing Maniac (낚시마니아) - Arcade (2000)

Fishing Maniac 2 (낚시마니아2) - Arcade (2000)

Bada Reel Nakksi (바다릴낚시) - Arcade (2001)

Fishing Maniac 3 (낚시마니아3) - Arcade (2002)

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:

Saero Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Fishing




Jump Jump (점프점프) - Arcade (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:

dgPix Entertainment

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action




Power Funky (파워펑키) - Arcade (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:

Joeun Jeonja

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action: Single Screen




Snow Bros. III / Snow Brothers 3 / Ball Boy - Arcade (2002)

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:

Comad

Publisher:

Comad

Genre:

Action: Single Screen




References
1. Comad Homepage: History
2. Maeil Gyeongje 8/6/1987, page 8
3. Kyunghyang Shinmun 8/19/1989, page 15
4. Comad Homepage: History
5. David Haywood's Homepage - DuckDuckGo
6. Dong-A Ilbo 2/28/1994, page 7


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