The company is working on a mobile version of The Crystal Maze, due for release later this year.
The Crystal Maze shot to fame in the early 90's in the UK. It featured a team of contestants who had to compete in various mental, physical, logical and err, other skills, which were set in various themed areas, including Aztec, Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial.
The whole thing was fronted by the inestimable Richard O'Brien for three seasons before he was replaced by the equally barking Edward Tudor-Pole.
As a gameshow, it was hugely popular. As Dynamo's press release points out, it was voted The Best Gameshow Of All Time, by visitors to the website ukgameshows.com.
As the company MD, Brian McNicoll points out in the release, The Crystal Maze is an ideal brand to bring to mobile. TV gameshows have already proven very popular choices for mobile games. Deal Or No Deal is still selling very well and Player X's conversions of titles such as Bullseye and Family Fortunes are picking up a similar audience.
The mixture of short challenges, puzzles and tasks in The Crystal Maze should translate very nicely into a mobile title, which fits exactly into the 'snacking' type of use that most people now seem to accept is the main way people play with their phones.
Congratulations to Dynamo and we're looking forward to seeing the game when it's complete.
Here's the full release:
Dundee, UK, April 18th 2007. Dynamo Games, one of the UK's top 50 Mobile companies, today announced it is creating a new mobile game based on the cult TV series, The Crystal Maze.
Featuring all of the best loved aspects of the TV game show, The Crystal Maze Mobile will challenge a team of players to complete tasks across Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic zones. Each zone offers a variety of challenges, from physical and skill tasks through to mental or mystery puzzles.
The Crystal Maze Mobile will be available from all major networks in Q4 2007.
The Crystal Maze originally ran on television from 1990 – 1995, building up a cult following, which remains to this day. The series is still being shown on digital television channels in the UK. In 2006 The Crystal Maze was voted 'The Best Gameshow Of All Time' by visitors to the website www.ukgameshows.com.
“The Crystal Maze is a perfect format for mobile gaming,” says Brian McNicoll, the managing director of Dynamo Games. The show's variety of short tasks, challenges and puzzles, translates very nicely onto mobile phones and the way people play with them.”
“We are very excited to be bringing a show with as much heritage, fun and passion as The Crystal Maze to mobile,” says McNicoll. “We know the show still has a strong following across the UK, so translating its unique blend of puzzles and trademark humour is something we've relished. Dynamo has a great deal of experience bringing brands to the mobile entertainment market and we're looking forward to introducing The Crystal Maze to a whole new generation.”
Malcolm Heyworth, the managing director of Chatsworth TV, agrees. “The Crystal Maze seems tailor made for the mobile entertainment market. Its mix of themed puzzles and games, tied up in an appealing and fun package, has something to offer to everyone, from fans of the original show, to casual gamers and new phone owners. Dynamo has demonstrated in the past that it understands what it takes to make a success of a licensed product and we believe the company is creating something special with The Crystal Maze Mobile.
Dynamo Games is one of Europe's most promising new games studios. The company recently secured a place in the 2007 O2/Real Business '50 To Watch In Mobile Competition. One of only three mobile games companies to do so.
The company is responsible for the hugely successful mobile edition of Eidos's popular Championship Manager series, which has won The Independent Game Developer Association (TIGA) Mobile Game Of The Year award two years in a row.
Championship Manager 2007, the third in the series was recently released on UK operators. In January, Dynamo released a mobile version of another enormously popular TV gameshow, Countdown.
For more information and to see more of The Crystal Maze, visit: www.dynamogames.com/crystalmaze.
Notes To Editors:
About Dynamo Games
Dynamo Games Ltd was established in 2004 as a development studio working specifically within the emerging mobile content market. To date Dynamo has worked on a number of different applications for Java™ enabled mobile phone handsets, as well as creating a number of successful mobile games titles.
Dynamo is a young company with expertise in number of areas, including the enormously popular sports management games genre. The company first title – a football management game, was released 2005 by Eidos Interactive under the world famous 'Championship Manager' brand. The title has already won several key industry awards and has scored exceptional review scores throughout the media. The company's passion and enthusiasm for sports games and mobile phone development in general is key to its success. The third game in the Championship Manager mobile series was released in early 2007.
In addition, Dynamo is also the creator of the 'Mobi' series of guides. Mobile applications giving users helpful tips and answers to everyday situations such as motoring, medical emergencies, etc. The Mobi series is one of the first sets of applications offering practical and useful advice to mobile owners worldwide.
Dynamo has the capability, project management experience and tools to develop and complete multi-language, multi-handset J2ME applications for publishers and carriers all over the world. The company's expertise with sports management titles is unique within the mobile sector.
Dynamo Games are constantly looking for new challenges and interesting new projects within the mobile sector. Any company wishing to create a new, innovative and exciting game, application or service for mobile phone handsets, should contact Dynamo directly.
For more information visit: www.dynamogames.com
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