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The London-based independent game studio is making a game based on the original Richard O’Brien musical theater show, rather than the more famous Rocky Horror Picture Show film (that’s why the name is slightly different), that has attracted generations of fans since it debuted in 1973.
Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me is slated for release on touchscreen mobile devices in 2017. Core development is already underway, but Rocket Lolly Games is seeking more money to enhance the game with additional characters, outfits, stage settings, and songs in order to truly re-create the unique experience of being a part of the participatory show’s audience.
As fans of the show themselves, the team said it wants to enlist the help of both game and Rocky Horror fans to guide the development of their tantalizing touch-based twist on a rhythm action-dancing game.
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“We think it’s essential for a license as loved as The Rocky Horror Show to have as much input as possible from the community – both games players who love mobile and dance games, as well as fans of the original theatre show,” said Ella Romanos, the co-director of Rocket Lolly Games, in a statement. “We need the community’s help and support to make sure we make the best possible game.”
The team is working with Andy Leighton, the original producer on The Rocky Horror Show, and it has collected a load of merchandise from the original theater show, including T-shirts, posters, a digital “making-of” booklet, mugs, tea towels, and a limited edition vinyl recording of Richard O’Brien’s original demo tape used to pitch the show back in 1973.
Rocket Lolly Games is looking to raise a minimum of $35,000 on Kickstarter in order to include community feedback into the final design. The team also has a series of stretch goals that would make the game even more exciting.
“It’s been an incredible privilege to work on this project so far,” said Oscar Clark, Rocket Lolly Games co-director, in a statement. “We’ve had an amazing reaction from other game developers and players and, of course, fantastic people like David and Stephanie Freeman of TimeWarp U.K. – the official U.K. Rocky Horror fan club — and noted Rocky Horror historian Larry Viezel. The encouragement has been almost overwhelming; a real merging of gamers and Rocky fans. We hope to tap into the millions of Rocky fans worldwide, as well as dance and mobile game players, in order to really make this Kickstarter and the final game a success.”
The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me has been designed as a free-to-play game. Players will be charged for premium outfits and to unlock their favorite characters early.
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