By Kieron Gillen on November 4th, 2009 at 3:11 pm.
Move over Beatles Rock Band. Just announced – though sadly as yet unavailable – is that Curious Sense showing their own curious sense by developing a casual game featuring and inspired by the music of REO Speedwagon. Crikey. The full press release below.
MERSCOM TO DISTRIBUTE CURIOUS SENSE’S REO SPEEDWAGON GAME
Find Your Own Way Home – First Casual Game to Feature a Classic Rock Band
CHAPEL HILL, NC – November 4, 2009 – Merscom announced today that it is publishing Find Your Own Way Home, a hidden object adventure game for PC and Mac download. The game, the first casual title featuring a real rock band, is the first of several games Curious Sense will produce with music acts. The game uses several instrumental music tracks derived from REO Speedwagon music, and also features previously unreleased recordings of some of the band’s classic hits.
In Find Your Own Way Home, the player takes the role of Ruby, a hip Hollywood reporter for the entertainment television program, Entertainment Now. For the past few weeks, Ruby has been on assignment with the legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon. On the day the game takes place, the band is releasing their new CD at a star-studded album release party. Ruby is on assignment for Entertainment Now, and as her busy day is unfolding, as she prepares for the nightly broadcast and launch party, Kevin Cronin, the band’s leader, goes missing. The player has the chance to be the hero by tracking down clues to locate the missing star, and getting everyone to the party on time.
Find Your Own Way Home features
— 10 hours of entertainment
— 80 game levels
— 30 beautifully hand-rendered environments
— 18 types of games
— 12 REO Speedwagon songs including brand new recordings of “Keep on Loving You” and “Roll with the Changes”
”Find Your Own Way Home is our first product in this category, so it was important that we were aligned with great partners,” said Adam Blumenthal, CEO of Curious Sense. “In Merscom we have a partner with a tremendous track record of one success after another.”
Curious Sense is leveraging its relationships in the music industry to bring a new type of product to bands and gamers. Blumenthal continued, “the way consumers buy music has changed – we are most often buying singles than albums, so an artists body of work is rarely experienced in its intended form. Our music-themed casual games serve as both a broad-reaching promotional vehicle and a new way for fans to interact with the content of an album.”
“Although we normally do not distribute other publishers’ games, we felt Find Your Own Way Home would be ideal for our audience,” said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer at Merscom. “It features a band beloved by many of our customers in the context of a great hidden object game, and a neat story.”
Merscom is a global publisher of mass market social media, computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom’s channels include social media networks such as Facebook, MySpace, vKontakte, and Bebo, online sale through major portals worldwide, retail distribution in the US and Europe, and games on Microsoft® Xbox Live® Arcade. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience. For more information, visit www.merscom.com.
About Curious Sense
Curious Sense is an interactive strategy consultancy and digital product studio. The team of veteran interactive designers come from the fields of global advertising, video game development, and major entertainment media. Curious Sense works with some of the world’s most recognized brands, bringing a balance of new media innovation-savvy and thoughtful brand stewardship.
About REO Speedwagon
Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, had scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You,” timeless classics including “Roll With The Changes”, “Ridin’ The Storm Out”, “Take It On The Run”, “Time For Me To Fly” and “Keep Pushin.” Their latest album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites “I Needed To Fall” and “Smilin’ In The End.” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date. The band is comprised of Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt.
I’ve never listened to an REO Speedwagon song until now. I just have. I will not being doing again, though when people slag off whatever I end up linking to in the Sunday Papers, I’m going to think of them leaning back and listening to REO Speedwagon’s greatest hits.
Good name for a band though. It sounds like a thing Orks in Warhammer 40K would get around in.