More fun on the IF front: there’s a Skyfall promo game out there.
Sufficiently arcane for you? This text game sets itself up as a test to see if you’re eligible for service in the British Secret Service, running you through a series of hoops in which you give commands to an agent in the field.
This point of view is unusual, to my knowledge. “Open door” usually leads to “Through the door you see an ogre” not “Agent: OK, opening it now. … Looks like a server room. what should I do?”. Your commands will complete the mission and keep the agent safe — or not.
I’m glad to see a text adventure being used as part of the campaign, though I look forward to seeing this sort of thing used for something more than advertising. The game is filled with references to Sony technology and ends with a cut to a trailer for the movie. Come on now. We can do better than that. How about:
- Get enough successful “recruits” in your zipcode and your local theater gets to see a deleted scene in the theater.
- A shot of a world map with bright, shiny data points for successful recruits.
- Beating the game gives you a code. When you see the movie, a QR code comes up. Hit it, enter your personalized code, and get something sent to your phone. A translation of what someone is saying, etc. Live annotations to the film.
- Make the puzzles really hard, and the top twenty people to get the, right see their usernames in a list of known operatives in the movie.
So many opportunities to make this stuff matter.