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Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« on: February 27, 2016, 12:06:58 PM »
Can't say we didn't see it coming!  ;)

http://www.turbotapegames.com/portfolio-item/The-Astonishing/

"Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game

The first ever Dream Theater game is coming your way.

Prepare to step into the dystopian future as described in the concept album The Astonishing. Travel to The Great Northern Empire Of The Americas (G.N.E.A.) where any dedication, investment or interest in the arts has all but been abandoned. The very soul of what was once real music is lost in a digital quagmire of emotionless sonic madness.

In this setting a young man from the Endless Isleland, Gabriel, emerges with a voice so profound it moves everyone that listens, transporting them back to a time where true art created by humans was celebrated and consumed as the ultimate nourishment for the soul.

In the game you will follow the story-line of the album through a series of matches between the rebel militia and the forces of G.N.E.A. in a board-based tactical strategy game! The game is available soon on iOS & Android (both mobile and tablets), as well as for PC and MAC."

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 12:12:29 PM »
That should be interesting.  :corn
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 12:27:04 PM »
That should be interesting.  :corn

Indeed, I hope this works well. Didn't expect them to go for this sort of thing.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 01:32:11 PM »
Hm, done right, this could be really cool. I'm looking forward to it! :metal
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 04:14:43 PM »
I have always liked strategy games, so i have high hopes for this one!
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 04:30:10 PM »
I like how it upholds the ancient tradition of a game totally disregarding the existing movie/book plot and just take the characters to do something entirely different :lol
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 04:42:02 PM »
Those kinds of things aren't usually my cup of tea, but if it costs less than five or ten bucks, I'll probably buy it to support the band. :tup
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2016, 05:31:18 PM »
I mean, just to get this out of the way, this will be one of those "themed" games where they plugged in the TA topic into a generic game engine. "Proper" games need 20+ full-time employees working on it, this game will not be that.
That said, I will check it out of course.
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2016, 08:41:00 PM »
Those kinds of things aren't usually my cup of tea, but if it costs less than five or ten bucks, I'll probably buy it to support the band. :tup

On the games' website, it says that it will be a free download (with extra material available for a small price).


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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2016, 09:30:34 PM »
I mean, just to get this out of the way, this will be one of those "themed" games where they plugged in the TA topic into a generic game engine. "Proper" games need 20+ full-time employees working on it, this game will not be that.
That said, I will check it out of course.

Yeah, sounds like a pretty stock gameplay style, not like some detailed RPG or something. If you're into that particular type of game, that's not a bad thing.
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2016, 09:32:22 PM »
I just read a bit about the company. One of their most recent games, UHR (from 2014) was based on music & story by a metal singer from Norway (the company's country). So I guess they knew what they were doing when working with John :)

Also, the company's website states that The Astonishing will be a "dynamic digital board game". I just saw the trailer for UHR (also a digital board game, according to them), and judging by it, I think this game is going to be some sort of mixture between Mario Party, Worms and chess.

I loved playing to all three of those, so I think I'll probably enjoy playing this game as well!

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2016, 10:14:14 PM »
I can see every character having their own frases every time you select them.

Ahrys: Brother, can you hear me?
Daryus: YOU DARE DEFY THE PRINCE?!
Faythe: My music player!
Nafaryus: haHAHAHAhhAHAhahaHAHA

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2016, 11:58:43 PM »
I can see every character having their own frases every time you select them.

Ahrys: Brother, can you hear me?
Daryus: YOU DARE DEFY THE PRINCE?!
Faythe: My music player!
Nafaryus: haHAHAHAhhAHAhahaHAHA

Then, you move them to their respective places.

Townsperson: Sorry, can't speak - someone's waiting.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2016, 12:03:57 AM »
This is from the company's Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/turbotapegames/posts/1063827040305387

(...) The game is based on the album’s story, setting, and characters, giving players an opportunity to further experience the world of Ravenskill and the G.N.E.A. while battling Empirical forces and securing man-made artistry’s place in the futuristic world set forth in the universe of The Astonishing. Tactical gameplay and a storyline that progresses with the player make this a can’t-miss experience for gamers and music fans alike. The game will share core gameplay mechanics with TTG’s critically acclaimed UHR: Warlords, with several enhancements for this new project. The game will be available as a free download for iOS, Android, PC and Mac expected in late April, 2016. - with a one-time fee to continue playing past the first two missions. The game features both single-player and multi-player pass-and-play same-device functionality.
Two additional Downloadable Content Packs (DLCs) are planned for the game, and are to release shortly after the original launch. (...)


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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2016, 12:12:53 AM »
That bolded part described a demo. So basically it's a free demo, then you pay to unlock the full game.
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2016, 12:21:07 AM »
Ha, now that I re-read it, you're right!

So, the game won't be released for another 2 months. Any thoughts on what those 2 missions might be about?

Maybe you are Gabriel and initially have to learn how to play "When Your Time Has Come" on guitar? :P

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2016, 12:42:21 AM »
Might check it out.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2016, 03:31:15 AM »
I can see every character having their own frases every time you select them.

Ahrys: Brother, can you hear me?
Daryus: YOU DARE DEFY THE PRINCE?!
Faythe: My music player!
Nafaryus: haHAHAHAhhAHAhahaHAHA

Then, you move them to their respective places.

Now I actually want this and I will be let down if it doesn't happen.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2016, 04:00:14 AM »
I like how it upholds the ancient tradition of a game totally disregarding the existing movie/book plot and just take the characters to do something entirely different :lol
:lol Yup.

As regards to the amount of time and effort required make a game like this, it's clearly a mobile game rather than major production, and it'll almost certainly picky-back off an exising engine of some kind. Frankly, a couple of skilled game developers could do it between them.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2016, 09:16:11 AM »
I can see every character having their own frases every time you select them.

Ahrys: Brother, can you hear me?
Daryus: YOU DARE DEFY THE PRINCE?!
Faythe: My music player!
Nafaryus: haHAHAHAhhAHAhahaHAHA

Then, you move them to their respective places.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2016, 09:33:39 AM »
Would be nice if it included some alternate versions/b-side material of the album. For example, the orchestral tracks or extended/repeating intrumental sections to serve as the soundtrack during battles or as a menu theme. I mean, a game needs a soundtrack and in the first (right?) DT game you simply do not use some random stock tunes. And the regular tracks would be awkward as a game soundtrack.

Or maybe Raw Dog will loop troughout the entire game, people seem to love that track.

Anyways, will buy because it is a DT game and I am curious. Still, since many of the assets and the story and music is already there, it may be a decent game even if produced at a low budget. Many small developers have recently surprised me with some neat (phone) games.
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2016, 10:38:34 AM »
I just read a bit about the company. One of their most recent games, UHR (from 2014) was based on music & story by a metal singer from Norway (the company's country). So I guess they knew what they were doing when working with John :)

Also, the company's website states that The Astonishing will be a "dynamic digital board game". I just saw the trailer for UHR (also a digital board game, according to them), and judging by it, I think this game is going to be some sort of mixture between Mario Party, Worms and chess.

I loved playing to all three of those, so I think I'll probably enjoy playing this game as well!

Given the name of the company ("Turbo Tape" was a program for Commodore 64), and looking at UHR, it strikes me as an "Archon" type of game.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon:_The_Light_and_the_Dark
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2016, 10:40:33 AM »
Reminds me a bit of Battle Chess, except not as straight up chess-y.
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2016, 10:51:31 AM »
Rock Band: Dream Theater
With full Scenes and full TA, as well as other songs from other albums
My god...
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« Reply #24 on: February 29, 2016, 02:14:14 PM »
Rock Band: Dream Theater
With full Scenes and full TA, as well as other songs from other albums
My god...


Would be much more interested in this honestly.

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #25 on: February 29, 2016, 04:48:38 PM »
Availability for iOS and Android means it will lack depth, and the developer has only produced garbage before.  Don't get your hopes up unless you have no point of reference for decent games.

I think I'd rather play Ed Hunter again.

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« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2016, 09:08:02 AM »
Rock Band: Dream Theater
With full Scenes and full TA, as well as other songs from other albums
My god...


Instant buy, I`d even get a PS4 only for that

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2016, 10:21:53 AM »
What Dream Theater really needs is a Virtual Reality Experience for "The Astonishing" ;) Just imagine walking around in some of these places/spaces. I know, the whole VR thing is still new to many and perhaps a bit costly at the moment but as somebody who has done a lot in VR already I can assure you that this will be the future. It would have been the perfect opportunity for to do something in that regard for this album. Just my 3 cents.

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« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2016, 12:35:46 PM »
It's got my attention - I would like to dig a little deeper into the story and really see it happening.
I also messaged TurboTapeGames that I would like to work for it as a freelance game artist if needed and they were happy with the option ^^

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« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2016, 08:50:36 AM »
Availability for iOS and Android means it will lack depth, and the developer has only produced garbage before.  Don't get your hopes up unless you have no point of reference for decent games.

I'm in luck! 

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« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2016, 08:58:50 AM »
It's got my attention - I would like to dig a little deeper into the story and really see it happening.
I also messaged TurboTapeGames that I would like to work for it as a freelance game artist if needed and they were happy with the option ^^
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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2016, 07:43:47 AM »
It's got my attention - I would like to dig a little deeper into the story and really see it happening.
I also messaged TurboTapeGames that I would like to work for it as a freelance game artist if needed and they were happy with the option ^^
Good luck! Where can I see your artwork?  :D

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Re: Dream Theater: The Astonishing Game
« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2016, 07:51:07 AM »
I see you use a lot of the same software I do. Maybe we should make an Astonishing game of our own. :biggrin:


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« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2016, 08:43:13 AM »
Thanks! It's not really in that style but I'm sure I can achieve that ^^"
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Nice! Good luck to you.

I see you use a lot of the same software I do. Maybe we should make an Astonishing game of our own. :biggrin:


That came out like some kind of really really nerdy pickup line. :lol

If you need an illustrator or something for a threesome let me know.  ;)
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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2016, 08:46:09 AM »
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