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Les Miserables: The Game of the Book is the inspirationally created,
and lovingly nurtured, brainchild of Chris Tolworthy, an independent game developer, living in Scotland.
It's to be the first of several adventure game adaptations of classic stories.
The second, with a scheduled release date of June 2009, is to be Dante's Divine Comedy. If it turns out to be as exciting a prospect as Les Miserables appears
to be, then every Adventure game fan will be in for a treat.
The game is said to play as more of an interactive story
book than a more conventional point and click Adventure
game. In many ways, however, it's still a "classic point and
click adventure game, with some refinements". Chris says
that it sticks far more faithfully to the original novel
than most people would expect from their experiences of playing Adventure
games based on books.
The creator's long term aspiration is, to quote Chris,
to turn ". . . the world's greatest stories into the
world's biggest adventure game, with a new story every
6 months". He also plans to remain independent of the
big-time commercial publishers, so allowing himself
to accomplish things his way, and according to his vision.
Anyway, if your appetite is thoroughly whetted, you can check out,
AND purchase, Chris Tolworthy's Les Miserables game right HERE,
Have fun, and let us know what you think by posting a comment, or
two, on the Adventure Point forums.
AND FINALLY . . . .
here are some interesting snippets of of news, hot off the press,
so to speak.
1). People who have bought the very first version of
the first story have the opportunity of being IN the
second game! Each one of them will be made into a
character in the game. As Dante's Divine Comedy (better
known as Dante's Inferno, plus Purgatorio and Paradiso),
features hundreds of people who inhabit the different circles of hell and
heaven, people who bought the first copies of the first game have been
told that, if they send Chris a photo of themselves (or anyone they nominate
for that matter), he'll put that person in the game, in the circle of hell
(or heaven), of their choosing.
2). Quoting Chris again, "The third game, Apeiron, will feature the
biggest game world (in terms of light years), of any game ever. OK,
it won't have as many locations as World of Warcraft or
Eve Online, but it will cover more miles, more dimensions, more time
than any other game, plus answer life's biggest questions".
3). The third game, previously said to be named 'Apeiron", will
actually be sold as "The Book of The Dead", and include the Egyptian
Book of the Dead, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and more. It's
scheduled for release in December, this year.
"The whole purpose of this game project is to develop a system of
turning classic stories into games very rapidly. It's been ten years
in the making, and is finally starting to show some actual results."
All that remains really to be said is . . . Well done on what's been
accomplished so far. We're very much looking forward to seeing
the further treats you have in store for all of us Adventure fans.