Global Star Software

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Global Star Software was founded in Canada as a software publisher in 1995 by Craig McGauley and Damian Cristiani. Since September 1, 1999, the company was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive and published budget game titles. In 2003, Global Star moved its headquarters to New York City, USA. In 2007, the company was reorganized under Take-Two's 2K brand and became its casual publishing arm known as 2K Play.

1st Logo (1997-2003)

Logo: The logo is a toothed golden medal in the form of a circle. The words "GLOBAL STAR" and "SOFTWARE" are written inside the circle. Also, there is a star with a picture of the planet Earth inside at the very center. Sometimes, the company's website appears below.


  • On Worlds of Billy, the Earth ball jumps into a CD and blows it to form the logo.
  • Another animated variant was found on a yet unspecified Palm OS CD-ROM game. A cellphone lands on a lighted floor, then the Global Star logo is projected from it as a hologram above the phone. The hologram then gets sucked back into the phone.

Technique: Generally none. CGI animation for the variants.

Music/Sounds: Generally none.

Availability: Very rare. Seen on Search and Rescue 4, Airport Tycoon 2, Siege of Avalon, among others. Nearly all of them are long out of stores.

2nd Logo (Late 90's-2003)

Logo: We move around and see many cogs working over a blue background. One of the gears is the logo, which comes into full view and rotates, while the others fade away.

Technique: Choppy CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Humming synth with the gears working.

Availability: Very rare. Was seen on Kayak Extreme.

3rd Logo (May 25, 2003-October 30, 2003)

Logo: We see a black rectangle with "Global Star" written over its bottom, and "SOFTWARE" below the plate. There is a stylized image of a golden eye in the plate, which has a star inside the eyeball.

Technique: None, but sometimes the logo shines.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Muscle Car 3, Mall Tycoon 2, Jetfighter V, and Airport Tycoon 3.

4th Logo (November 18, 2003-September 28, 2007)

Logo: On a black background, a golden "G" fades in, then a white "S" fades in, overlapping the "G". The name "GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE", with "SOFTWARE" under "GLOBAL STAR" in spaced-out letters, appears below in a simple white font.

Trivia: The styling was used for the current Take-Two Interactive logo since 2003.


  • Later games have the letters in gradient colors and in a 3D effect. This time, the letter "G" overlaps the letter "S".
  • On Dora the Explorer: Barnyard Buddies and Carnival Games, the background is white.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Music/Sounds: A short rock tune or none.

Availability: Uncommon. This logo appeared on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jetfighter 2015, Mall Tycoon 3, and other budget titles. The last game to use this was Carnival Games for the Nintendo Wii.

Global Star Software
2K Play
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