Tie-in media cops a pretty poor rap, whether it be film adaptations of books, game adaptations of films, or book adaptations of pretty much anything. It’s understandable then that gamers are looking at The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire with cautious eyes.
But Girl on Fire is a little different – it’s based on the book, which inspired the upcoming film – and while it’s due out at the same time as the movie hits cinemas, it was developed without the ridiculously-rushed schedule that typically accompanies game tie-in projects.
Described as a “teaser game”, this one also features an intriguing indie pedigree: A soundtrack provided by Danny Baranowsky, best known for his work on Super Meat Boy, while the gameplay itself is lead by Adam Saltsman, creator of Canabalt.
Both men have a history of working with creative, innovative titles, so hopes for The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire are intrigued, if not conventionally “high”.
It’s an iOS exclusive for both iPad and iPhone, and Suzanne Collins, author of the original books, is also on board offering valuable feedback. For more information about what’s been going on behind the scenes, take a look at Joystiq’s recent interview with Saltsman, who explains how the game project came about, and where it’s headed.
The Hunger Games the movie hits North American cinemas on March 23rd, with the game’s release predicted for a few days earlier.