First there was "Dirty Dancing." Then there was "Princess Bride." The trend of female-favorite movies-turned-games continues with Legacy Interactive's "OMG High School" series of "Mean Girls," "Clueless" and "Pretty in Pink."
Last month, Legacy president Ariella Lehrer told MTV Multiplayer that "Mean Girls" plays like "Puzzle Quest," "Clueless" was inspired by "JoJo's Fashion Show" and that players could choose an alternate ending for "Pretty In Pink." With our curiosities aroused, I caught up with producer Don Marshall to give us more details on just how these games will work.
But first, I wanted to know how Legacy's movie games would be different than other games aimed at girls. "I am afraid that a lot of people who make games for girls emphasize the wrong part of that sentence-- for girls -- and leave the games part out a little bit," Marshall said. "I think what we're trying to do is make solid games with strong, fun and well-developed gameplay, rather than a smorgasboard or smaller, lesser-developed game elements... just making a game pink doesn't make it for girls."
So what else can we expect from "Mean Girls," "Clueless" and "Pretty in Pink" -- besides the color pink?
First, we take a look at "Clueless" (with "Mean Girls" and "Pretty in Pink" coming later today)...
The "Clueless" game will feature story elements from the hit comedy but takes its gameplay cues from "JoJo's Fashion Show." With protagonist Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, being a fashion guru and a matchmaker, Marshall thought combining the two would work best. Thus, the player's goal is to set up her various friends by dressing them in the style of the boyfriend they're trying to attract.
"Not only will you be dressing up people specifically for cliquey boyfriends," Marshall added, "but there are going to be events for each of these different dates, so we're trying to echo the movie in the framework of the shopping, fashion and dress-up aspect." The team at Legacy is also working on recreating all of the fashions from the movie for the game.
Though these films have a cult following, I wondered how they were going to bridge the different audiences for all three. After all, "Pretty In Pink" came out in 1986, "Clueless" in 1995 and "Mean Girls" in 2004. "That is quite a spread," Marshall said. "What I'm trying to do with these is to customize the gameplay to what I think the people who love the movie would be interested in, but still use gameplay that will appeal to everyone. Ultimately, we wanted to come up with a solid style of gameplay that's fun, fun above everything."
"Mean Girls," "Clueless" and "Pretty in Pink" will feature likenesses from the films and be downloadable for the PC at $19.99 each in December.