Legacy Interactive, a leading casual game developer and publisher, announced just a few minutes ago that they will be producing a game based on the popular science fiction television show The Twilight Zone. Legacy has signed an agreement with CBS and the game is currently scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2012. It will be available to PC and Mac users. This should come as no surprise, since Legacy continues to turn TV shows into casual games, with previous titles based on House, M.D., Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Psych and Murder, She Wrote.
“Legacy Interactive is thrilled to be collaborating with CBS Consumer Products and developer Spark Plug Games on this amazing franchise,” said Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO of Legacy Interactive.Â “Who doesnâ€™t remember episodes like ‘Time Enough at Last’ or ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’? Beloved by baby boomers worldwide, Legacy hopes to bring the same chilling intelligence, social relevance, and supernatural themes to our Twilight Zone video game.”
In Groundhog Day fashion, The Twilight Zone’s story will revolve around an actor who becomes trapped in a TV show he can’t escape. He has to uncover his role in each storyline before he can move on. This title will be an adventure style game with hidden object gameplay.
While I’m definitely a fan of Twilight Zone, I have a beef to air. There is an episode called ‘A Little Peace and Quiet’ that I saw when I was much younger and I have never been able to get it out of my head. Spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want it ruined, step back from this post.
So my beef is, it’s a terrible ending! Not terrible as in bad, but terrible as in – it’s an impossible choice. In this episode, a mother discovers a necklace that lets her stop time. Everything is fine and dandy, she’s using the necklace to give herself a break from her daily life, until the end, when boom – a nuclear bomb is launched and she stops time before the bomb hits the ground, killing everyone. And that’s how it ends – she’s left with a terrible choice that’s no real choice at all – die or live out her life alone. Twilight Zone episodes all have this quality to them that try to make people really think about the odd questions, but this one has driven me crazy for … let’s say 20 odd years. If you haven’t seen this episode, go watch it and then come back and yell at me for suggesting you watch it.