|GB: Queen Archivist
|The Definitive Queen Quiz App...COMING SOON!
- for smart-phones and tablets...
I thought you might like to know about an unusual and very exciting Queen project that's consumed me this past half year. I think it's the definitive Queen quiz game and it's certainly the most sophisticated and elaborate App I've seen in this genre - for ANY band! It's official and fully authorised by the band.
It's called 'Queen: Play The Game' and it was developed by UK-based Soshi Games, with us throwing in ideas at every juncture. It's an impressive interactive experience featuring Queen music, photographs, images of albums and singles, etc, which will draw you in, amuse and frustrate you in equal measure. It's very addictive too, once you get into it.
I'm not usually much of a game-player, so I was stunned at what is achievable on screen now; the quality and clarity of images, vivid colourful graphics and text, the diversity of screens, and the multiple Queen themed presentations throughout – all of which change and evolve from one section to the next. The graphics are startling, the music is crisp and clear and the questions are fun and informative. After spending much time thinking up questions, honing them, and linking them to specific music and images, finally this week we had the Final version to test. It looks and sounds amazing and I have found myself completely immersed in it.
Apologies in advance for some of the deliberately misleading questions, but if you truly know your stuff, you'll be fine. You just have to read each question very carefully, or else risk launching your smart phone or tablet across the room in frustration! The game will work on Android and iOS phones and tablets.
'Play The Game' takes in all the familiar Queen imagery, as well as a lot you may not have encountered before. I submitted 1,400 questions to Soshi, as well as a mass of imagery, and they've presented the best of it in an inventive logical fun way – and often in contexts you won’t expect. I genuinely hope you will be as surprised by this, as I was. A lot of thought has gone into this, literally on all levels, in appropriately pedantic detail, so that it encompasses every aspect of Queen and its history, and so that it looks and feels right. I believe we've covered it ALL, and we've posed the questions in a variety of ways. Some are easy, some are medium-hard, others are infuriatingly difficult – but rest assured all of them have been thought about! This is for experts on Queen as well newcomers, and everyone else in between. This game will test your knowledge on every aspect of Queen, and will seek out your weaknesses! Play it at home, or on holiday, or while traveling to work on the train each morning. It's great for insomniacs too!
So... by way of a sample... you know who wrote 'Brighton Rock', and which album it's on, and when that album was released, and probably who produced it. But... does your knowledge cover the REALLY detailed points? Do you know which member of Queen has both eyes shown on The Miracle album cover? Or in which songs Captain Scott, Jimi Hendrix and Clint Eastwood are mentioned? Where was Under Pressure performed live for the very first time? In which song did Queen see God and Dali? What's the shortest track on Queen II? Who supported Queen at Hyde Park in '76?
Also... if, for example, you manage to answer all 10 'Easy level' questions on 'The Albums' correctly, you'll see a lovely 'Kind Of Magic' themed animation appear - which is one of many such touches. And if you do on the same on 'Expert level', you'll instead see the News Of The World robot congratulating you in an unusual way. All good fun, all nicely thought about and presented, and all with you the fans in mind.
The game will launch with 900 questions spanning three difficulty levels, mostly with multiple choice answers, with further packs to follow - for those who want more questions on song lyrics, the Live Killers tour, promo videos, or the solo work. 'Play The Game' also includes puzzle pictures (of various sizes) and word searches, again in varying difficulty levels (some of which are ludicrously hard; where you're expected to find words related to 'Spread Your Wings' or 'Flick Of The Wrist', but you're not given a list of the words you're searching for!)
I'm really not an Apps person, as I say, but I think this is a very nicely presented and enjoyable experience. And so it should be, after the 9 million hours we've collectively put into it! It's vastly better than I ever imagined it could be when we began this project and it will seriously test the knowledge of all Queen fans. Beware, though, we've put in a good few trick questions to trip you up.
I'm genuinely interested to see what you all make of it. It's going to be available very soon. Watch this space, we'll keep you informed. In the meantime, you can get an idea of how it looks, here....link. You can register to be one of the first to know when it goes live, and you'll get the chance to win competitions for merchandise.
Soshi's strap-line for this game (I think I'm right in saying) is along the lines of... 'It's so easy, when you know the rules, all you have to do is Play The Game!' But don't believe this. It's not true. It's emphatically NOT easy. Some of these questions are harder than graphite!
I genuinely hope you like it, and that you learn much about Queen in a fun and entertaining way. I foresee some very late nights ahead!
|Interesting. A human body, the miracle. .. but I don't get the Clint Eastwood one.
I know the folks at QZ will be the first to judge it.
|Why you don't let me Play The Game in my Windows Phone??!! I hope you read this and port the game to Windows Phone...
|All the hype for nothing... :(
|So, for every level that we advance, we'll be able to download:
1) all the BBC sessions remastered?
2) a remastered 'Live Killers' release, with complete set list, with videos?
2b) Crazy Tour release?
3) all the demos, in good/great quality, without 'property of Queen Productions' annoyingly spoken over some of them?
I didn't think so.
Sounds almost as good as fan 'Queen Caves'.
matt z wrote: Interesting. A human body, the miracle. .. but I don't get the Clint Eastwood one. I know the folks at QZ will be the first to judge it.From 'Drowse'. At the end of the song. .. 'I think I'll be Clint Eastwood...'
|It's interesting for some category of Queen fans...
BTW, 40 Years of Queen iTunes application from 2012 never received promised regular updates/additions since then...
noorie wrote:Hmm. Is that what he mumbles at the end?matt z wrote: Interesting. A human body, the miracle. .. but I don't get the Clint Eastwood one. I know the folks at QZ will be the first to judge it.From 'Drowse'. At the end of the song. .. 'I think I'll be Clint Eastwood...'
I never bothered to investigate it. Thanks
|I think I'll be Clint Eastwood
Jimi Hendrix he was good
Let's try William the Conqueror
Now who else do I like?
NCC1701Q wrote: I think I'll be Clint Eastwood Jimi Hendrix he was good Let's try William the Conqueror Now who else do I like?"Brian May..."
cmi wrote:BTW, 40 Years of Queen iTunes application from 2012 never received promised regular updates/additions since then...
|pass pass pass ...
|Greg, many thanks for putting your work into this and making something which can entertain both younger and older fans.
I have a question though.... Is this project the one which you've mentioned as being on par with the amazing Rainbow release ? (Does this mean we won't get any live release or any other Queen audio / audio/video release this year ?)
|If Queen are behind it expect to pay upwards of 10 trillion pounds.
|hobbit in Rhye
thank you very very very much for this exciting news.
Now if you allow me one small tiny question, would there still be a concert release this year?
(Have I said that I cared most about the game?)
hobbit-in-Rhye wrote: Hi Greg, thank you very very very much for this exciting news. Now if you allow me one small tiny question, would there still be a concert release this year? (Have I said that I cared most about the game?)Hammersmith 1975 this year
|The prize for answering all the questions will be a quality fake passport.
|Nah.. someone who gives a flying fuck about their own website....
|Definitive quiz app is still a quiz app.
|Try an app that already exists called QuizUp...
pottich wrote: The prize for answering all the questions will be a quality fake passport.LOL.
But my real question would be. .. what answer are they giving for this one
"How many guest artists have the band played with. ..(*Live and in the studio)
joining the ranks would be the tribute concert artists, Elton John, David Bowie, that girl in the Living on my own who played backstage after a show, the guy from Keane etc.
Would there be an ACCURATE tally?
And as such. ... what is the rubric for additions?
Will there be a LESS THAN <, GREATER THAN> option?
And if Roger and John performed together but NOT Brian, then is this as inclusive as the current Q+ AL, and if so. ... Will the answer be a purist answer?
I.e. JUST BOWIE, THE REST DON'T COUNT f*** em! ?
pottich wrote: The prize for answering all the questions will be a quality fake passport.
|people on streets
GB: Queen Archivist wrote: that's consumed me this past half year. GBLOL!
|people on streets
hobbit-in-Rhye wrote: Hi Greg, thank you very very very much for this exciting news. Now if you allow me one small tiny question, would there still be a concert release this year? (Have I said that I cared most about the game?)What about the Brian May - I Want It All book?
Any news on that one?
|Nice little initiative this I think. Will be disappointed if there's a cost attached to downloading it though - after all, once the questions have been answered once, there's not much more you can do with it, is there?
Hopefully this won't be ALL that has consumed Greggy Boy though......... Sad if it is.
That Greg ramble is like one of those direct mail things trying for page upon page to persuade you to buy some crap dietry supplement.
I'm sure people have better things to do with their time than answer questions on Queen every bloody spare moment.
You know what the fans want. Get on with it.
cmi wrote: It's interesting for some category of Queen fans... BTW, 40 Years of Queen iTunes application from 2012 never received promised regular updates/additions since then...As per the 'Top 100Bootlegs'....
This will be another passing fad thing; still, nice to see the announcement of a Brian at Brixton dvd or blu ray this year. Just wish he'd release the Albert Hall gig too!!
THOUGHT QUEEN WERE WORKING ON THE FREDDIE MOVIE???? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL