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Family Guy launches FarmVille-esque game with a twist - An excellent narrative

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | April 4, 2014
It's a strange day in L.A. There are pocket deluges all over town, but one corner on Sunset Boulevard is sunny and rain-free. The Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant has been transformed, at least for one night, into The Drunken Clam--a pub from the tiny, fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island, featured on the hit Fox comedy Family Guy.

In my short time with the demo version of the game, I managed to build up some of Spooner Street and unlock Chris and Bonnie. While buildings in the game give you money at the end of a certain period of time (different with each building), characters can perform actions that take different amounts of time and have different payouts. For example, Peter can perform his 'Bird is the Word' dance in a few seconds and drop you a couple of coins, or he can do something more time-consuming and drop you more money. You can choose what actions each character will perform — actions are accompanied by animations — depending on when you'll next check the game.

The game has lots of neat features for fans of the show, including animated decorations from different episodes, a social network parody for all of the characters (each character's page updates as you progress through the game and level up), and different costumes that can be earned or purchased. Costumes come with their own special set of actions — for example, Peter's mermaid costume lets him spray himself with a hose in a "sexy" way.

"We're all fans of the show, and we really wanted to make sure that we stayed true to the brand," Andrew Green, director of business development at TinyCo, tells me. "That's why we worked very closely with the writers to make sure that everything was really authentic." The writing, from what I saw, is certainly spot-on. There are a lot of different facets to this game, from the in-game social network to the different animations, cut-scenes, and dialogues between the characters, and it looks like it'll definitely be a delight to fans of the show, as well as casual city-builders.

The game drops April 10 on the iOS App Store and Google Play. At launch, it will only be available for Android and iOS, but Green tells me that a Windows Phone 8 version is possibly in the works.


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