Will you help “Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths,” based on the beloved French-Japanese anime, see an English-language release?
Developed by Paris-based Ynnis Interactive, “Mysterious Cities of Gold” adapts the 30-year-old animated series from Studio Pierrot (“Urusei Yatsura,” “Fushigi Yūgi”) and DIC Audiovisuel, which tells the story of Estaban, a young orphan in 1532 on a quest to the New World to learn the fate of his missing father and the truth about a fabled city of gold. Viewers of a certain age might remember the 39-episode series which ran here in the U.S. in the mid-80’s on Nickelodeon. It received a followup series in France during the 2012-2013 season.
Ynnis’s game is firmly set in the continuity of the original series, however, featuring some of the original voice work and music from “Mysterious Cities of Gold ’83” for the Wii U, 3DS, and iPhone/iPad versions of the game. The developer describes the game as a three-character puzzler featuring series heroes Esteban, Zia, and Tao, each of whom uses their unique skills to complete infiltration/exploration missions a la “The Lost Vikings.”
The Kickstarter campaign for “Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths” is seeking $30,000 USD to fully localize all of the voice acting in the game into English, while creating an Spanish-language subtitle track, bringing the completed release to the PC. Backers over $15 can expect to get a digital copy of “Secret Paths” for either the 3DS, Wii U, iOS or PC.
For the moment, the mobile, handheld, and Wii U versions of the game are set for a fall release in France, but Ynnis is hoping to have the game localized in English by October, which seems like a pretty ambitious goal for a six-hour game with 26 cutscenes. With 30 days to go until the end of the campaign (it just launched this morning), Ynnis is already off to a good start with a little under $5,000 already pledged toward their goal.
In the meantime, you can (and should) listen to the ’83 theme song from Shuki Levy and Haim Saban which was adapted for the 2013 reboot:
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