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A History of Korean Gaming

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키드앤키드닷컴 KidnKid.com / 엔로그소프트 N-Log Soft

Founded:

February 1999 (game team at J3 Entertainment)
February 2000 (KidnKid.com)

Status:

defunct (around 2008)

Key People:

:
CEO

Website:

www.kidnkid.com (offline)
www.n-logsoft.com (offline)


Kidnkid.com started out as an internal team at J3 Entertainment, but went independent after its first title was completed1. The "kiddie platformer" boom in the early 2000s was generally attributed to Kidnkid.com2, after their adaption of the animated film Hayan Maeum Baekgu ("White Heart Baekgu") sold more than 120,000 copies, figures only the most popular big budget titles in Korea could dream of (later the company claimed even 500,000 sold copies3). The success of Baekgu caused dozens of imitators, both in the general "kiddie platformer" genre, as well as at least half a dozen direct plagiates4.

Eager to repeat the hit, Kidnkid went on to produce a sequel, but there were complications: Sonokong had actually acquired the licensing rights for the character and sublicensed rights for a PC game to Kidnkid.com, who created the first game, published by Hanbit Soft, and registered a copyright for games with that title. Sonokong was not amused about one of their contractors hijacking what had turned out a cash cow, engaged in litigations against Kidnkid.com and won5. Sonokong subsequently produced and published the sequel themselves6. Kidnkid.com reacted with a countersuit, and only a month after Sonokong's Baekgu 2, Kidnkid's Hayan Maeum Baekgu 3 was published through Bisco7. It appears in the end the two companies settled, as the inevitable Baekgu mobile game was released by Sonokong on December 12th, "Licensed by Kidnkid.com"8.

Kidnkid.com eventually abandoned kids' games and was appropriately renamed to Nlogsoft on March 22nd, 20049. Under the new banner they went on to produce one of Korea's very few indigenious PS2 titles, and a network game to boot. In 2007, however, the company seems to have stumbled over conflicts with CDC Games, the Chinese publisher of their MMORTS Darkness and Light(Battle of Shadows in the US)10. At any rate the company disappeared soon after the annulment of the contract, which was followed by the discontinuation of Darkness and Light's beta phase by April 200811.


Games

멀크와스왱크~마법의 나라 대모험~ (Mulk-wa Swank: Mabeop-ui Nara Daemoheom) / Mulk & Swank: Great Adventure in Magic World - Windows (September 1999)

Cover

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:

J3 Interactive

Publisher:

O&J Entertainment

Genre:

Platforming

Theme:

Licensed
Protagonist: Anthropomorph


Mulk & Swank (Windows)



까꿍 외전 : 혼돈의 땅 (Kkakkung Oejeon: Hondon-ui Ttang) / Kakkong: Land of Chaos - Windows (August 2000)

Cover

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

Samsung

Genre:

RPG

Theme:

Licensed


Kakkong: Land of Chaos (Windows)



하얀마음 백구 (Hayan Maeum Baekgu) / White Heart Baekgu - Windows (December 2000)

Cover

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

Hanbit Soft

Genre:

Platforming

Theme:

Protagonist: Animal


White Heart Baekgu (Windows)



부메랑파이터 (Boomerang Fighter) - Windows (December 2000)

Budget Release Cover

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

Wizard Soft

Genre:

RPG


Boomerang Fighter (Windows)



워드마스터 (Word Master) - Windows (May 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:

KidnKid.com

Genre:

Edutainment




사커키드 2002 (Soccer Kid 2002) - Windows (February 20, 2002)

Cover

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

Bisco

Genre:

Platforming


Soccer Kid 2002 (Windows)



하얀마음 백구 3 / White Heart Baekgu 3 / Good Friend Rex - Windows (November 22, 2002)

Cover

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

Bisco

Genre:

Platforming

Theme:

Protagonist: Animal


White Heart Baekgu 3 (Windows)



버블슈터 (Bubble Shooter) - Windows (December 2003)

Wallpaper

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:

KidnKid.com

Publisher:

MGame

Genre:

Action: Arena
Edutainment


Bubble Shooter (Windows)



바우트 (B.O.U.T.) / B.O.T.S. - Windows (November 26th, 2004 [open beta]; April 26th, 2005)

B.O.U.T. (Windows)

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:

N-Log Soft

Publisher:

NHN (Korea)
Acclaim (US)

Genre:

Action


B.O.U.T. (Windows)



미스틱나이츠 (Mystic Nights) - PlayStation 2 (October 20, 2005)

Cover

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:

N-Log Soft

Publisher:

Sony

Genre:

Action
Adventure

Theme:

Horror


Mystic Nights (PlayStation 2)



DAL: 다크니스 앤 라이트 (Darkness and Light) / Battle of Shadows - Windows (2007 [open beta])

Wallpaper

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:

N-Log Soft

Publisher:

NHN (Hangame)

Genre:

MMORPG


Darkness and Light (Windows)



Unreleased Titles:

Anichat (2003)


References
1. KidnKid.com Company History (archived 12/24/2002)
2. PC Power Zine 2001, page 213
3. Saramin - N-Log Soft Company Profile
4. Gameshot 7/9/2001
5. Game Meca 9/24/2002
6. iNews24 9/25/2004
7. Game Dong-A 11/22/2002
8. Game Dong-A 12/16/2002
9. Gameshot 3/23/2004
10. Gameshot 11/5/2007
11. Darkness and Light International Website 4/21/2008 (archived 4/30/2008)


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