Black Pearl Software

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Background: Black Pearl Software was one of the publishing brands forTHQ. It was founded in 1993 andTHQacquired it months later. In late 1996/early 1997, it was discontinued and folded intoTHQ.

1st Logo

[Untitled]Black Pearl Software (1994)[Untitled]Black Pearl Software (1994) (Bass Masters Classics Variant)

Nicknames: "The Pearl", "The Black Pearl", "The Crescent Moon"

: On a black background, a
purpleimage of a pearl can be seen (which looks more like a crescent moon). Under it is "BLACK PEARL" in a funky crystallized font with "SOFTWARE, INC." in a sans-serif font below it.

  • On the SNES version of Total Carnage, the pearl is shown on the right of the text and the logo is in the light purple-blue gradient color. Under the logo is "PRESENTS".
  • On the Genesis version ofTime Killers, the byline saying "A subsidiary ofT•HQ,Inc." is shown below the logo. Plus, "SOFTWARE" is white and spaced to fit the width of "BLACK PEARL".
  • On the Genesis version ofSeaQuest DSV, "SOFTWARE" is absent.
  • On the Genesis version ofBass Masters Classics, the logo is shown on a wooden sign with "PRESENTS" below it against the water background. Under it is the copyright information.
  • On the Game Boy and Game Gear versions ofUrban Strikeand Game Gear version ofJungle Strike, "SOFTWARE, INC." is replaced with simply, "SOFTWARE".
  • On TierTex games for Game Boy (Including Madden '97 and NBA Live '96) and Game Gear version ofMadden '96, the pearl from the 2nd logo replaces the pearl.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Can be seen on Black Pearl games through the era.

2nd Logo

Nicknames: "The Pearl II", "The Black Pearl II"

Logo: On a watery blue background, we see a darkturquoisepearl with "BLACK PEARL" in a same font as before, but larger, sharper, and in a white-light blue gradient color. Under it is "SOFTWARE" in the same font and style as before.

  • Sometimes, the background is plain black.
  • OnMohawk and Headphone Jack, the logo is on a swirly rainbow background. Next to it is the Solid Software logo.
  • On the Game Boy and Game Gear versions ofFIFA Soccer '96, the logo is completely purple.
  • On the Game Boy version ofNHL '96, "SOFTWARE" is absent. Plus, the logo is smaller. When playing the game on Super Game Boy, the logo is sepia-toned.
  • On the Game Boy versions ofPGA Tour '96andShaq Fu, the byline reading "A DIVISION OF THQ, INC." is shown below the logo.

FX/SFX: None .

Music/Sounds: None or the opening theme. OnMohawk and Headphone Jack, a suspenseful note is heard.

Availability: Once again, appears on Black Pearl games through the era, includingThe Maskfor Super NES.

3rd Logo

256px|Black Pearl Software (1996)
Nicknames: "The Pearl III", "The Black Pearl II", "CGI Pearl"

Logo: Just the same logo as before but in 3D, but with some differences. The pearl ispurple, "BLACK PEARL" is all light blue and looks clearer to read, and "SOFTWARE
" is in a different font in spaced-out letters.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Appears onBass Masters Classic Pro Editionfor Genesis and SNES, and the SNES versions ofCollege Football USA '97,NHL '97, andSimCity 2000.