Sandblast Games

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
EnormousRat

Editions by
PM pinter and SuperMax124

Background

Once known as Cranky Pants, Sandblast Games started in 2002 as a division of THQ. It was closed in November 2008, while working on their last game, which was then released in December incomplete.

Cranky Pants Games

1st Logo (February 4-June 6, 2003)

Logo: On a black background, there is a strange-looking portrait of an old woman with an exaggerated head, a cane in one hand, and a shotgun in the other. Under it is the text "crankypants games" and a THQ byline. A hole then opens up to the left of her face, revealing a gray background. An animated duck emerges from it with a paintbrush and looks around for a second, before painting a messy portrait of its face on her. The duck then looks down and at us before falling off screen, causing the logo to shake and make "cranky" jumbled.

Technique: The duck's movement, the text jumbling.

Music/Sounds: A 3-note whistling tune is heard, followed by the duck's noises then a "CRASH". The duck can be heard moaning in pain once the logo fades out.

Availability: Very rare. Was seen on the GameCube ports of two Volition games: Red Faction 2 and Summoner 2.


2nd Logo (September 13, 2005)

Logo: We fade in to the same logo from before, but made of metal and attached to a rotten wood wall. Light can be seen from the other side and leaves can be seen in the corners. A zombie hand then rushes straight into the wall, messing up most of the letters once more except for the "y". This leaves the hand disorientated and struggles to get to the hole, but rushes through in time. The camera then pans to the logo straight on, with the "y" finally dropping into place and then fading to the print logo on a black background.

Technique: The hand crashing into the wall and moving, the letters messing up.

Music/Sounds: A held-out synth note with the zombie head crashing into the wall and moaning. Then, a male announcer says the company name, and someone else in the background asks "Who's that freakin' genius who came up with that name!?"

Availability: Appeared on Evil Dead: Regeneration.


Sandblast Games

(December 1, 2008)

Logo: On a white background, the words "sand" and "blast" in a futuristic font slide from both sides and collide, making a circle with rays between them.

Technique: The words sliding and the collision ring appearing.

Music/Sounds: A metallic clang and a zap.

Availability: Only seen on Destroy All Humans!: Path of the Furon for Xbox 360.

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