‘Star Wars Journeys’ Gets Children Ready For ‘Episode VII’ – Forbes
Today Disney launches a new set of interactive story telling games for their Star Wars universe: Star Wars Journeys. Culminating in Episode VII these offer a new way for fans to revisit the story, although they’ll have to start with Episode I. My children will be playing Episode IV first.
Drawing from the success of its interactive storytelling products, Star Wars Journeys is an episodic series of games featuring the stories, heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away. With engaging story content and fast-paced activities and game play, Star Wars Journeys aims to introduce the Star Wars universe to the next generation of fans in time for the launch of Episode VII.
The first offering is for The Phantom Menace with others following in sequential order. Each app includes 180-degree parallax viewing, infinite zoom scene transitions, collectible character profiles, brand new art, and unlock-able hidden content. Each will also feature a set of unique activities that deepens the story experience.
What this means in practice is a novel way to discover the story for newcomers, and some nice reminders of the details for fans. There is an impressive level of production here that includes voice work from the film along with narrated story elements.
Central to the experience in The Phantom Menace episode is a Pod Racing challenge that is used to unlock the story content. It seems likely that other episodes will include a different game-play mechanic related to the film’s action.
“The Star Wars film franchise has continuously excited and engaged audiences of all ages for more than 30 years” said Andrew Sugerman, executive vice president, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Now, Disney Publishing is connecting Star Wars fans to their favorite franchise through a series of innovative new apps that combine storytelling, play, and technology for an epic experience. We are thrilled to help introduce the Star Wars universe to the next generation of fans, and provide those already familiar with the power of The Force new ways to connect with this legendary franchise.”
Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace is available now for iOS. I’ll leave you with the trailer.