Buka Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Buka Entertainment is a Russian game publisher and localizer, founded in 1994. In 2008, it was acquired and merged into its main competitor 1C Publishing. However, the company still operates as a separate brand.

1st Logo (1998-2008)


Visuals: There is a blue spot on the floor and two red eyes to the right. The eyes move to the spot, and are revealed to belong to a red nose, which smiles afterwards. The word "Бука" appears near in a script font, with the full name "BUKA ENTERTAINMENT" being flashed below. The logo shines, causing a ping of light to form the registered mark on the top-right of "Бука".

Variants:

  • On Nuclear Titbit, the orange letter "Я" in the brush-painted font falls down and smashes the "у" in "Бука" into pieces to read "БЯка".
  • On Lokhotronschik: Crazy Loto (Лохотронщик: Crazy Loto), the logo is animated in a Claymation style like the rest of the game.

Technique: 2D digital animation.

Audio: Some synth xylophone-like tinkles, a high string note with a faint drumroll, and a couple of pizzicato notes, followed by a triumphant fanfare similar to those you'll hear in old Russian role-playing games, then an array of whooshes and laser zaps ending with a ding.

Audio Variants:

  • In the logo's early years, the music composition was pretty different, but quite similiar. The ding is synchronized perfectly with the ping of the light that forms the registered mark.
  • There is also a trumpet version.

Availability: Seen on Russian games published and foreign games localized. Early games, which are hardly known even in the local country, have the logo still.

Legacy: A favorite among Russian gamers.

2nd Logo (2008-)

Visuals: The word "Бука" flashes its way through the black background, making it red. When it fully reveals, some words flash in below: "Издательство развлечений" ("Entertainment publishing house").

Variant: An international version exists, where the logo is encapsulated into an oval-like figure with a circle below. The company name is written in English with the byline "Entertainment publishing".

Technique: 2D digital animation.

Audio: A mellow musical choir with a blinking sound.

Availability: Seen on the latest games from Buka, like Collapse.