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There was a time when adventure gaming was about more than racking up a long list of empty achievements; when you explored every corner of every screen on a thrilling, action-packed journey of intrigue, danger and investigation. This was the dawn of a new age in interactive storytelling, and it’s time for a return to the glory days of high adventure!

We want to recreate those days when you were glued to your computer as you delved into the exciting worlds or graphical adventure games by bringing the powerhouse Amiga and DOS title Flight of the Amazon Queen back to life on the Android platform.

The proliferation of powerful Android smartphones, tablets, and even the forthcoming living room console the Ouya, are the perfect way for both newcomers and lifelong fans of the graphical adventure game to revisit the wonderful world of Flight of the Amazon Queen. With your help, Joe King can take to the skies once again and fly higher than ever before.

THE GAME

Originally released in 1995 on the Commodore Amiga and PC, Flight of the Amazon Queen followed the adventure of disheveled hero-for-hire Joe King, whose plane – the Amazon Queen – crash lands in the jungle in 1949.

Accompanied by the beautiful and tenacious movie star Faye Russell, the pair must uncover a deliciously diabolical and hilariously satirical plot involving a mad scientist, Amazonian warrior maidens, mutated dinosaurs and a lederhosen factory!

An epic adventure ensues that required a whopping 11 floppy disks for the beautifully illustrated Amiga version, and offered a mind-blowing escapade worthy of Indiana Jones. No game collection is complete without Flight of the Amazon Queen, so join us in breathing new life into this valuable piece of gaming history.

ANDROID

Serendipity Software Solutions isn’t just an experienced Android developer; we’re also passionate fans of classic graphical adventure games, from the days when art, story and gameplay were indivisible, and combined to produce ambitious interactive roller coaster rides of excitement and high adventure! In particular, we have a deep and ongoing passion for John Passfield’s and Steve Stamatiadis’s Flight of the Amazon Queen.

 We’ve been working hard to adapt that seminal game to the Android operating system. Why Android? Because we believe it’s the most dynamic and powerful platform available, and due to its prolific adoption by people all around the world, it awards us the greatest opportunity to bring Flight of the Amazon Queen to the widest possible audience.

DEVELOPMENT

Our primary goal is adapting the game from a mouse- and keyboard-based control system to a touch-based interface, which we’ve already had a great deal of success with, and we’re incredibly excited about.

Next we’re designing intuitive button options to help players control other aspects of the game. These control buttons include skipping animations or dialog as required, and accommodating any essential keyboard commands that are required to keep the game’s spirit and style intact. 

We’ve also implemented a powerful new ‘magnifying glass’ tool to assist the game’s seamless transition to smaller screen sizes. Using the magnifying glass, players can still explore every intricate detail that made this game such a roaring success in the first place, and ensures there’s no loss in interactivity, playability or design.

Save and load options allow players to save their progress at any time, and thus enjoy a rich and engaging experience whenever they’ve time to play. We feel this is a very important addition when adapting an epic game like this to a mobile platform.

The final step is to ensure the game works exceedingly well on its new Android platform, and all the devices that are built around this amazing operating system. In that respect we are delighted – and even excited – to seek opinions from professional testers and the gaming public during development about their early experiences.

FUNDING

It’s our belief that Kickstarter is more than just a crowdfunding service. It’s grown into a thriving community of passionate gamers who not only want more than traditional developers are able to offer them, but are energized about the opportunity to take an active role in the creative process.

We’ve seen the energetic buzz around similar retro revival Kickstarter campaigns, and were delighted to see how fun and inspiring that community is. Over the last year we’ve worked hard to develop a prototype, and believe that this is the most resourceful and engaging option to enrich our budget and create the best possible version of Flight of the Amazon Queen ever seen.

We want you join us in bringing the past into the future!

Risks and challenges

Technology moves fast, but bringing a beloved 17-year-old computer game back to life – and doing it justice – presents a huge number of very unique challenges.

At the time of Flight of the Amazon Queen’s release, it employed the optimal technology of the day; keyboard and mouse controls, CD-ROM, extensive digital art and more. Although computing power isn’t a major concern today, there are extensive gaps to fill as we redevelop this seminal game for multiple types of Android device (tablets, smartphones, living room consoles) with very different interfaces than were available in 1995.

With your help, this campaign’s success will allow us deliver a rendition of this valued title that maintains the original’s spirit, yet harnesses all the superb features offered by today’s digital touchscreen technologies.

Flight of the Amazon Queen for Android must:

* Run on the Android operating system.
* Avoid hardware fragmentation with full handset and device compatibility.
* Provide an intuitive touchscreen alternative to the original mouse and
keyboard controls.
* Enhance the experience while remaining faithful to the original.
* Be accessible and enjoyable for newcomers, as well as long-time fans of
the franchise.

We are always delighted to hear from members of the retro revival, adventure gaming and crowdfunding communities, so if you’ve any comments, questions or suggestions about this exciting project, please get in touch with us at any time (kickstarter@serendipity-apps.com).

Also feel free to contact us to discuss the right price for optimal advertising space within the application.

* Please note that pledges including physical items have a $15 shipping
charge.

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    A wallet-friendly shortcut to Memory Lane! Become part of an awesome retro revival project with your name boldly emblazoned on the official website, get a link to our blog to keep track of the project’s progress, and the best present of all – our everlasting gratitude! This is the initial phase of our Kickstarter campaign, running until the final step of the project.

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    All the nostalgic niceties above, plus a free Amazon Queen add-on app made just for you. A “Magic Squares” game built from screenshots of the original title, with an extra-special 'thank you' opening screen. Perfect for those long nights when you’re lost in the jungle!

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    All of the above, even more gratitude, and our special Amazon Jungle survival app! This pledge includes our "iWatermelon" app for Android, which tells you if a watermelon is ripe and ready. Don't go into the jungle without it!

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    All of the above, our eternal gratitude, plus a free beta version of the game. Be the first to rediscover all those lonely Amazonian Warrior babes! Experience the remake before anyone else, and assist us in creating a more enjoyable game as part of our QA team.

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    All of the above, and prove you're Joe King's number one fan by decorating your wall with an official Flight of the Amazon Queen poster designed by our team of animators specially for this project.

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    All of the above, way more gratitude, and a beautiful limited edition Flight of the Amazon Queen t-shirt that’s guaranteed to send Amazon Warrior women wild!

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    All of the above, plus a unique comic book that tells the story of the retro remake project. The perfect in-flight reading material, and a great survival handbook for when your plane crashes in the jungle!

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    All of the above, plus the option to choose one of our existing Android apps (Magic Squares or iWatermelon) and we'll make any changes or additions that you can think of. Send us an email to discuss your ideas, and you'll have the most enviable Android in the Amazon!

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    All of the above, plus a unique handheld puzzle made especially for this project by our lead designers. Just think; you'll still be able to play this puzzle game when your Android’s battery goes flat and you're stranded in the jungle!

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    All of the above, and during the development we'll record every event that occurred from beginning to end to create an exclusive cookbook documenting the creation of this project. It could save your life when the plane goes down and the dinosaurs are on the prowl!

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    All of the above, and your name will appear on a slide at the beginning of the Android version of Flight of the Amazon Queen. You'll be as famous as Faye Russell!

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    All of the above, plus access to development forums and entry into our Hall of Fame on the game’s official site with the title of Master Backer. This honorary degree includes a unique, “1 of 5” numbered shirt with a personalized “Master Backer” insignia. Let the world know you've flown in the famous Amazon Queen!

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    All of the above, plus entry into our Hall of Fame with the grand title of Gold Backer. This honorary degree includes a unique, “1 of 3” numbered shirt with a personalized “Gold Backer” insignia, a signed illustration of you and the game’s heroes by our art team, and a limited edition of the game with a special dedication of your choice. Faye Russell will be all over you!

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    All of the above, plus entry into our Hall of Fame with the grand title of Platinum Backer. This honorary degree includes a unique shirt with a personalized “Platinum Backer” insignia, and a direct phone call (or Skype call) from the lead developer! It's the only way to fly first class on the Amazon Queen!

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    An exclusive advertising space, limited to you alone, within the game. Make this pledge and become the ultimate King or Queen of the Amazon!

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