Chillingo’s Return to Mysterious Island – Jules Verne’s iDevice Gaming Debut

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“The desire to perform a work which will endure, which will survive him, is the origin of his [man's] superiority over all other living creatures here below. It is this which has established his dominion, and this it is which justifies it, over all the world” (Jules Verne, Mysterious Island, Part III, Chapter 15).

Modern historians, digital powerhouse and champions of English Literature, Chillingo have added further clarity to Verne’s prophecy as their next epic release, Return to Mysterious Island, based on Verne’s immortal Mysterious Island debuts on our platform of choice. Verne’s works, now digital games, books, movies and a host of other media are the author’s new face for a new generation.

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Take a look at the gameplay video and friendly picies after the jump.

Neither Chillingo nor Verne need any introduction, but indulge my short biography. Jules Verne may well be the “Father of science fiction” for his vatic 19th century literature which rife with contraptions like the submarine, spacecraft and airplanes stamped him as a canonical icon for the genre before its adoption into popular culture. Chillingo (cue angelic singing) are to many, the Holy of Holies in the App Store. Fresh from picking the pockets of eager gamers with hits like Toki Tori, Zen Bound, The Quest and iDracula among many more, this sinister studio is preparing us for a new gamut of sure-to-be hits such as Vampire Origins and now Return to Mysterious Island.

Joining the new partnership and a formidable player itself is Tetraedge:

Tetraedge is a studio and mobile publisher specialized since 2003 in Smartphone games and applications. The first steps made on Windows Mobile in 2003 lead rapidly to develop on SYMBIAN S60 (N-Gage, N series) and more recently lead to create a strong team for iPhone/iPod Touch. Tetraedge as a mobile publisher believes that only eco-system such as iTunes/APPLE Store will lead to a successful and thriving mobile applications market.Tetraedge is using both standard SDKs from the market and its own tolls and APIs develops through the last 6 years in order to be cross-platforms. Tetraedge is constantly making a strong effort on R&D in order to acquire new technology, such as RFID and LBS, inducing new gameplay and usages on high-end mobile devices such as iPhone/iPod touch, Nokia N97, the latest Samsung, LG and HTC or even the Google SmartPhones based on ANDROID

Press Release:

CHILLINGO AND TETRAEDGE LAUNCH JULES VERNE’S “RETURN TO MYSTERIOUS ISLAND” FOR IPHONE /IPOD TOUCH

United Kingdom and France – May 25, 2009 – Chillingo and Tetraedge Games are proud to announce the impending availability of its new game: Jules Verne’s “Return To Mysterious Island” for iPhone and iPod touch on the Apple App Store.

“Return to Mysterious Island” is a content rich adventure game, part of the Microids catalog, the leader in adventure games standing at approximately 420Mb in size, possibly the biggest game to launch on the iPhone in the Apple App Store. The game, inspired by the great Jules Verne’s novel, puts you in the shoes of Mina, a sailor who finds herself stranded on the shores of a wild and apparently uninhabited island somewhere in the south Pacific. As she explores her new surroundings, she uncovers artifacts, living spaces and technologies left behind by the people who came before her to this uncharted island.

Awaiting a rescue, Mina uses her survival skills against the wilds of the jungle and explores the world around her hoping to find what has been left behind. True to the novel that inspired it, the game will have you exploring the island, in search for food or tools, while solving the many mysteries that hide from its cloudy heights down to its deepest caves. Every player will have their own unique ways of advancing through the game as there is no game-imposed linear ordering to how the game is played.

Jules Verne’s “Return to Mysterious Island” contains stunning 3D graphics, many ambient sounds, music designed to enhance the mysterious atmosphere and feel. It is perfect for experienced adventure gamers as well as for Jules Verne’s novels reader or even very casual players. A very intuitive in-game tutorial will guide your first steps of the adventure. A full 3D environment with numerous tricky mini-games and intriguing puzzles, will keep you entertained for over 15 hours of exciting gameplay.

Jules Verne’s “Return to Mysterious Island” will be available for sale soon for $4.99 at Apple’s App Store.

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