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Kickstarter Opens for Flight of the Amazon Queen Android Port

/ Nov 27th, 2012 No Comments

Flight of the Amazon Queen

Flight of the Amazon Queen

The classic 1995 DOS and Amiga adventure game, Flight of the Amazon Queen, is attempting a comeback in the shape of a brand new kickstarter.  Intitated by developer, Serendipity Software Solutions, the kickstarter campaign, if successful, will begin the development of a port of the game to Android phones.

The kickstarter has set a goal of $40,000 which will be used to begin the lengthy process of developing the game, hiring team members and ensuring the final product is of the highest possible quality.

“We’ve seen the energetic buzz around similar retro revival ,” states the developers on the Kickstarter site.  “Over the last year, we’ve worked hard to develop a prototype, and believe that this is the most resourceful and engaging option to enrich our budget and create the best possible version of Flight of the Amazon Queen ever seen.”

Developed by Interactive Binary Illusions and released in 1995 by Renegade Software, Flight of the Amazon Queen is a traditional third-person point-and-click adventure following the comedic misadventures of Joe King, an airplane pilot contracted to fly the famous actress Faye Russell to the amazonian jungle for a photo shoot. Not being the luckiest guy in the world, the plane crashes far from their intended destination stranding them from civilization. To make matters worse, King must deal with a mad scientist, amazons and dinosaurs with the goal of saving the Amazon forest and the world for that matter.

Though not initially well received on its release, Flight of the Amazon Queen has since become well regarding in gaming circles for its tongue in cheek humor and fun story that takes inspiration from the serials and pulps of the 1940s.

Serendipity Software Solutions is promising a number of new enhanced features. Touch screen technology will be used in place of the game’s classic mouse controlled point-and-click control scheme. Further enhancing controls will be buttons that will skip animations and perform other commands that once required the use of a keyboard to make up for the Android’s inability to use one. Players can also save their progress at any time, returning to the game whenever they have time to play. If that’s not enough, a Magnifying Glass Mode not featured in the original game will be added, allowing players to look more closely at the details in the game world.

Though these features will enhance the game, Serendipity has pledged they will be done in a way that will maintain the spirit and design of the original game.

Backers stand to receive rewards ranging from their name in the game, being inducted into the hall of fame on the project’s official homepage, t-shirts, posters and access to the project’s development forums. The more people pledge, the more they will be given for helping to contribute to the project.

Pledges will be taken until Jan. 5, at which point, depending on how much is gained, the project will either begin or will be cancelled. If at least $40,000 is collected, the Amazon Queen will most definitely begin preparations for launch once more on Android phones.

Jonathan Anson

Jonathan Anson

A resident of Southern California, Jonathan Anson has been a lover of games ever since his father brought home a Windows 95 computer where he was first introduced to his first games. He previously worked for The Gamer Studio before jumping ship to Gaming Illustrated where he can be found showcasing his other love: writing. He is also in the process of attempting to acquire an AA degree in Journalism from Saddleback College.

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