I know it’s hard to believe, but sometimes—just sometimes—GameCola talks about games other than Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game. For example, there’s also Telltale’s upcoming Jurassic Park: The Game—the apparently Heavy Rain-inspired series of episodic adventure games following a forgotten thread from the original boovie (that’s our new portmanteau of “book” and “movie”).
…Actually, has it been announced yet that it’s an episodic adventure game series? I think we’re all just assuming, since it’s Telltale, so if it’s not poker, it’s Monkey Island. It’d be OK with me if they weren’t episodic, though. Really, it’s fine. Usually when I’m playing a videogame, I actually don’t just play it for two hours every other month, but that’s what this kind of release schedule asks you to do. It’s not very fun.
And, for that matter, are they even going to be adventure games? Dave Grossman, Design Director at Telltale, was quoted on Joystiq as saying “I don’t want to have it be a game about hanging around and solving thinky puzzles at your own pace.” That doesn’t necessarily imply that there won’t be puzzles in this game; it just means that you won’t…have to think about them? So Jurassic Park isn’t just taking inspiration from Heavy Rain; it’s taking inspiration from Jake Hunter!
Anyway, here’s the new trailer for Jurassic Park:
Additionally, Telltale announced yesterday two more series they’re working on: one based on the showmic (“TV show” and “comic”) The Walking Dead, and one based on Fables, which I have yet to confirm has anything to do with Lionhead Studio’s questionable masterpiece. I’m pretty sure it’s based on a comic, too; or at least, it can’t be based on actual Fable, because this guy doesn’t show up in any concept art. This announcement doesn’t get it’s own news post here, though, because I don’t know anything at all about these games’ source material. Where’s my Day of the Tentacle 2: Red Dead Ted’s Redemption?!
(Note: that’s a very clever subtitle I just came up with, because there’s a dead character named “Ted” in Day of the Tentacle who you—wait for it—paint red. You’re welcome, Telltale.)
Discussion topic: What’s the benefit of episodic gaming to consumers, again?