War of the Worlds was developed by Other Ocean Interactive and published by Paramount Digital Entertainment. It was released October 12, 2011 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
You don’t see many book adaptations on Xbox Live Arcade if any at all. But Other Ocean Interactive decided to make a platformer based off one of the most famous novels and radio broadcasts ever with The War of the Worlds. Based off of the H.G. Wells book, you play as Arthur who’s coming home in early 50’s London when the alien apocalypse happens. As you rush through the chaotic streets of pedestrians running for their lives, you must race to find your wife and brother to make sure they’re safe.
The game is a rotoscope animated platformer similar to games like Out of This World or the original Prince of Persia. You must carefully run and jump off platformers at the right time in order to achieve the jump. Coincidentally enough, making precise jumps and movements is actually harder than the aliens themselves and sets us up for what we’ll have to deal with for the entire game.
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Acclaimed movie and television star Sir Patrick Stewart, famous for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, now has a major role in the upcoming War of the Worlds game. His part is as the narrator, narrating the adventures of an average man trying to save his family from an alien invasion in 1953 London. The story will parallel the 1953 movie adaptation, but will follow different characters, locations, and a whole new story arc.
The game will be a 2D side-scrolling action-adventure, requiring players to use their wits to outsmart tripods, drones, and other alien menaces while crossing a devistaded landscape, but there will be a hint mechanism if you get stuck. The game will try and capture the fear and isolation of the original H.G. Wells novel by making players think fast or suffer an instant death. Today’s news came with some new screenshots, giving a glimpse in the game’s action. War of the Worlds will be released later this year. Check out the additional art and screenshots after the jump.