The release of King’s Quest last week and the impending release of Minecraft Story Mode later this year it feels to me like the adventure game genre is finally going to make its way to a younger market.
I was pondering that expansion in the market when a stroke of whimsy hit me. I sat down and wrote out a wish list of adventure games I wanted to play with my kids. I happen to like it a lot and gosh darnit… lists need to be shared with the internet!
Here are my picks! What are yours?
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
The audience is definitely there. Anyone who thinks MLP is losing steam is underestimating the power of the MPL fanbase. It was originally released as a kids show, but it has grown into a cultural force that si big enough to have its own conventions.
As for the game, I can easily see an episodic adventure game where the mane 6 six would walk around Ponyville solving puzzles. They also have Pinkie Pie who is a character that could give them some fourth wall breaking humor.
This one just seems too obvious. There have been tons of action based video games based on this (immensely popular) TV show, but none of them has really expressed the quircky humor of the show in the right away. The adventure game format is perfect because it would let players explore some of the hilarious locations. Heck. The word adventure is in the name fo the show!
Winnie the Pooh
This is impossible, but I would love to see it for the location alone. I would love to play a game where I direct Winnie the Pooh around the 100 Acre Wood. The characters are obviously iconic and there is plenty of material available considering the movies, books, and TV shows.
Its impossible… but man I can dream can’t I?
Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb way have, tragically, come to an end this year in cartoon form, but I can’t help but thing that an episodic adventure game highlighting their summer vacation hijinks would be amazing.
Navigating their home and neighborhood solving puzzles using weird contraptions would fit perfectly with the theme of the show. A meta-plot containing Agent P and Doofenshmirtz would be icing on the cake.
Scooby Doo, Where are You?
Ok. Look. Scooby Doo is never going to go anywhere. You might think he’s gone. But, there has been a new movie every year for a while now. We might as well take the opportunity to take the adventure game formula and apply it to a mystery.
The idea of having a series of seemingly unrelated capers that are all tied together by some interesting narrative threads is very interesting. The Scooby gang doesn’t exactly have a lot of depth but that type of scenario would be a great opportunity to develop it a little bit.
What do you think? What would you like to see?