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[[LEGO Island]] is a 1997 video game developed and published by {{Wikipedia|Mindscape}}. It was released for {{Wikipedia|Microsoft Windows}} and is the primary subject of this wiki.
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[[LEGO Island]] is a 1997 video game developed and published by {{Wikipedia|Mindscape}}. It was released for {{Wikipedia|Microsoft Windows}} worldwide on September 26, 1997 and in Japan on December 18, 1997 published by {{Wikipedia|JustSystems}}<ref>https://www.justsystems.com/jp/news/97l/news/j9711041.html</ref>. It is the primary subject of this wiki.
  
There are at least [[Lego Island Versions|two different versions]] of Lego Island known to exist.
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== History ==
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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, traditional toy manufacturers like LEGO began to feel threatened by the increasing popularity of video games amongst children.<ref>https://archive.org/stream/nextgen-issue-021/Next_Generation_Issue_021_September_1996#page/n25/mode/2up</ref> To avoid becoming irrelevant from the emerging video game industry, LEGO reportedly invested nearly $2 million to produce LEGO branded video games. For most regions of the world, the first game to result from this was LEGO Island in 1997. While a game titled "LEGO Fun to Build" was released in 1995, it was released only in Japan on the {{Wikipedia|Sega Pico}}, an educational video game console targeted at young children. Due to LEGO Fun to Build's relative obscurity, LEGO Island is usually considered the first true LEGO video game.
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LEGO Island was developed by Mindscape from 1995 to 1997. At this time, Mindscape was based in {{Wikipedia|Novato, California}}. Infamously, Mindscape fired the developers of LEGO Island the day before release to avoid paying bonuses and continued salaries.<ref>https://le717.github.io/LEGO-Island-VGF/legoisland/interview.html</ref>
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== Versions ==
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{{Main article|LEGO Island Versions}}
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There are only two retail builds of LEGO Island known to exist: a build dated August 1997, and a build dated September 1997. Both builds predate LEGO Island's official release, making the August build somewhat of an oddity. It's assumed that Mindscape had already pressed discs with the August build and the improvements in the September build were considered too minor to discard the already pressed discs.
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The August build is fairly rare and appears to only have been released in English. All other versions and localizations, including repackages from as late as 2001, still appear to be the September 1997 build.
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== Download ==
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This section aims to be as complete of a collection of LEGO Island releases as possible. Listed are all the languages LEGO Island is known to have been released in as well as all versions.
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Localized Name !! Download (August 8, 1997) !! Download (September 8, 1997)
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| English || LEGO Island || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fz2zYbZ9rg0_ULrr70VUIetNwt_Yk-OR Download] || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-GRxZJpKze71EZoLcswcU1riRai6q5Ak Download]
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| Danish || Panik på LEGO Øen (Panic on LEGO Island) || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=13uQ6B3ONZlSeHKqfsXIMdKs0Yp-slzwt Download]
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| French || Aventures sur L'île LEGO (Adventures on LEGO Island) || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BzH5oZTgp2JnoLtHvilO8No-molOIl2A Download]
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| German || Abenteuer auf der LEGO Insel (Adventure on the LEGO Island) || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zWlqzNIZkbkcEuGuVxo5SbXoejednee1 Download]
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| Japanese || レゴ アイランドの大冒険 (LEGO Island Great Adventure) || — || ???
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| Korean || 레고 아일랜드 || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mKUcN0E0ILw-9cf4G3DfUX5wwYIZEycK Download]
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| Portuguese || A Ilha LEGO || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ry1_-nJGs5UGQL7x5aqbYtKwZUjXtxBy Download]
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| Russian || Остров LEGO || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1K5xdcOr13UxzNauRYNFEwXujX9FX2b1a Download]
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| Spanish || La Isla LEGO || — || [https://drive.google.com/open?id=1W-NBrAwQNiXWkww7OJFNRilINssPoNTR Download]
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|}
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'''Key:'''
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{| class="wikitable"
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| — || This version does not exist
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| ??? || A copy of this version has not been found yet. If you have or can acquire this version, please let us know.
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== References ==

Revision as of 11:55, 21 December 2019

LEGO Island is a 1997 video game developed and published by Mindscape. It was released for Microsoft Windows worldwide on September 26, 1997 and in Japan on December 18, 1997 published by JustSystems[1]. It is the primary subject of this wiki.

History

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, traditional toy manufacturers like LEGO began to feel threatened by the increasing popularity of video games amongst children.[2] To avoid becoming irrelevant from the emerging video game industry, LEGO reportedly invested nearly $2 million to produce LEGO branded video games. For most regions of the world, the first game to result from this was LEGO Island in 1997. While a game titled "LEGO Fun to Build" was released in 1995, it was released only in Japan on the Sega Pico, an educational video game console targeted at young children. Due to LEGO Fun to Build's relative obscurity, LEGO Island is usually considered the first true LEGO video game.

LEGO Island was developed by Mindscape from 1995 to 1997. At this time, Mindscape was based in Novato, California. Infamously, Mindscape fired the developers of LEGO Island the day before release to avoid paying bonuses and continued salaries.[3]

Versions

Main article: LEGO Island Versions

There are only two retail builds of LEGO Island known to exist: a build dated August 1997, and a build dated September 1997. Both builds predate LEGO Island's official release, making the August build somewhat of an oddity. It's assumed that Mindscape had already pressed discs with the August build and the improvements in the September build were considered too minor to discard the already pressed discs.

The August build is fairly rare and appears to only have been released in English. All other versions and localizations, including repackages from as late as 2001, still appear to be the September 1997 build.

Download

This section aims to be as complete of a collection of LEGO Island releases as possible. Listed are all the languages LEGO Island is known to have been released in as well as all versions.

Language Localized Name Download (August 8, 1997) Download (September 8, 1997)
English LEGO Island Download Download
Danish Panik på LEGO Øen (Panic on LEGO Island) Download
French Aventures sur L'île LEGO (Adventures on LEGO Island) Download
German Abenteuer auf der LEGO Insel (Adventure on the LEGO Island) Download
Japanese レゴ アイランドの大冒険 (LEGO Island Great Adventure) ???
Korean 레고 아일랜드 Download
Portuguese A Ilha LEGO Download
Russian Остров LEGO Download
Spanish La Isla LEGO Download

Key:

This version does not exist
??? A copy of this version has not been found yet. If you have or can acquire this version, please let us know.

References