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FormGen, Inc. was an American computer game company founded in 1987. FormGen released retail versions of many of Apogee's early mail-order games, and was the publisher of some of Apogee's later games such as Duke Nukem 3D.

FormGen big box series Edit

FormGen released a number of early Apogee games in a boxed retail format in North America. These releases contained physical manuals, and both 3.5 inch disk and CD-ROM boxes were available. At least some of these releases (such as Hocus Pocus) also had alternate versions, possibly distributed in the UK, which featured taglines on the cover (such as "Abracadabra! Your quest for action-packed magical adventure ends here..." for Hocus Pocus).

This series included the following games (not counting later titles such as Rise of the Triad):

Notes:

Planet Strike was Apogee's first game made specifically for retail. The box for this game is slightly larger than the other games' boxes.

Mystic Towers was published by Manaccom in Australia, while Apogee Software published the game internationally.

FormGen jewel case series Edit

In 1995, FormGen released several Apogee games in a retail CD-ROM jewel case format. These jewel cases were not released in boxes (although some of these games did also have CD-ROM versions in the big box series). The jewel cases do not contain physical manuals.

The following games were available in FormGen's jewel case series:

  • Alien Carnage
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
  • Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure
  • Crystal Caves
  • Duke Nukem II
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Major Stryker
  • Monster Bash
  • Mystic Towers
  • Paganitzu
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows
  • Spear of Destiny
  • Super Boppin'

Notes:

Spear of Destiny was a FormGen-exclusive title and was never published by Apogee. Apogee did, however, resell the game.

WizardWorks jewel case series Edit

Main article: WizardWorks

Kixx XL budget range Edit

Kixx XL was a label of U.S. Gold that published budget re-releases of games on floppy disk and CD-ROM in big box format. The covers consisted of a generic border surrounding a cropped version of the game's artwork. Titles by Apogee Software, such as Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, Duke Nukem II, Hocus Pocus, Raptor and several others, were among the many games from various developers that were available in this budget range. Kixx XL releases were distributed in Europe and Australia, with the Australian versions being distributed by Metro Games.

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Trivia Edit

  • The FormGen jewel case releases often have yellow trays, although some copies do have black trays. It is not known if all of these games originally came in cases with yellow trays.
  • Some factory-sealed copies of the FormGen jewel case releases--of Hocus Pocus, and possibly other games--have a sticker on the plastic wrap on the back side of the jewel case that reads "made in CANADA | fabriqué au CANADA".
  • The FormGen big box releases have a corner banner on the cover that reads "Fully Registered Version | Includes all the exciting episodes!"
  • The FormGen jewel case releases have a banner on the cover that reads "FULL VERSION".
  • The Kixx XL big box releases have a banner on the cover that reads "Complete Version".
  • FormGen likely put "full version" notices on the covers of their releases so that customers would not confuse them with third party shareware releases which were common in stores at the time.