Future Boy! Flies To The Mac
8:30 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story
In an unusual move for a film production company, Toronto-based The General Coffee Company Film Productions have released their first multi-platform gaming title: Future Boy!
Based on Canadian filmmaker Ken Tessman's full-length motion picture screenplay, the title plays as an interactive comic book - a text adventure game supplemented with graphics, animation, music, voice over, and sound effects. The title allows players to live the adventures of superhero Future Boy's roommate, who inexplicably gets tangled in the evil web of the action hero's arch nemesis. According to Tessman, transforming a screenplay into an adventure game affords storytellers a greater range of creative freedoms:
The game is a chance to tell this story in a very different way from how it would be told in a movie. The script really took on a new life as it became more nonlinear. There's a whole spectrum of freedom in storytelling that opens up when you put the player in the driver's seat.The new title is powered by the Hugo Engine, the free, proprietary interactive fiction gaming engine. Built in ANSI C, the game engine supports over 18 different computer platforms from OS X to Nokia phones and Psion handheld devices. Over twenty different games created with the Hugo engine are available from the engine creator's website, available through the links below.
Future Boy!, whose Windows, Macintosh, Linux, BeOS, Palm and PocketPC support files are all included in the game, requires only a PowerPC processor, and runs on all flavours of Mac OS from version 8.6 onwards. The game is available in two different packages from the developer's website: a $19.99 USD value-pack CD-ROM containing the game files, and a $24.99 Deluxe CD-ROM Package, including the game, Director's Commentary soundtrack, the original screenplay and The Art of Future Boy! in .pdf format, promotional materials, Hugo Engine development tools, and more.
Head over to the game developer's website to check out the game, view the official Quicktime trailer, or download the game's 36 MB demo:
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