And what better way to do that than through TV, the very invention that defined the baby boomer generation. But in order to really capture the essence of classic television, the game world had to look and feel just like it did before. The studio, with offices in Los Angeles and Massachusetts, has been hard at work acquiring licenses to use imagery of the Spiegel Catalog, Elvis Presley Estate, John Belushi, Dick Clark, Marilyn Monroe, Corbis, Getty and likely many more.
"Licenses are important because authenticity is very important," Entertainment Games CEO Jerry Klein tellus. "We want it to look exactly like it did."
After an in-person first look at Retro World, it certainly looks the part. Players are greeted in Retro World by the man of the hour himself, Dick Clark, on what looks like a Hollywood lot. From here, you'll insert yourself into reimagined homages to classic TV shows like Owl Files, a tribute to Get Smart (not the movie). This is the meat and potatoes of Retro World, so to speak. Every show plays out like the now-timeless PC point-and-click adventure games, such as Day of the Tentacle or Carmen Sandiego of the '90s. (So, even this 23-year-old felt pangs of nostalgia.)
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"We're sort of recasting these characters," Entertainment Games President and COO Gene Mauro tells us. "We don't overdo it on the celebrities, but it's fun when you start to think about how you'll cross-pollinate across these brands that people have a lot of affinity towards. Bringing these guys back to life is a lot of fun."
For instance, when you and the Owl Files characters are turned into monkeys just as the Russian spies escape, you must climb the missile as a monkey to stop its launch within an allotted time. The mini games admittedly appear uninspired aside from how they're inserted into each show's plot, making obvious nods to Angry Birds, Breakout and more. But that's not the developer's primary concern.
While new episodes are planned to be added on a monthly basis, there are other ways the developer looks to tap the nostalgia lobe (it's science) in its players' brains. Retro World will launch with a separate feature that allows players to build classic cars and race them with friends asynchronously--and that's everything from the engine block to the type of rims. Since that's geared mainly toward male baby boomers, Entertainment Games plans to provide similar features for women as well.
"We think of [resource management games] as spreadsheet games," Mauro says. "Very popular, great viral marketing tools, but probably less game than they are something else. [Retro World] is so different, it's so unique and so targeted that hopefully the audience will want to share this in ways that are more natural than you [would] want to share a digital tractor."
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