In 1994 a little movie hit theaters known as Stargate. The movie starred Kurt Russell as the uptight military colonel, Jack OÂNeil, with James Spader taking on the role of the archeologist and linguistic expert Daniel Jackson. In the theatrical release of Stargate, the crew discovers that the Stargate allows the instantaneous travel to other worlds, the first of which Jackson cracks the code for, prompting an exploratory group to go through the gate for the first time. Spoilers being avoided, you should see it for yourself.
The band is back together for Stargate Unleashed.
While the theatrical movie garnered mixed reviews, Showtime took an interest in the series and partnered with MGM to develop a new series based on the Stargate universe with Stargate SG-1, which debuted its first episode in 1997 with the charismatic Richard Dean Anderson taking on the role as Colonel Jack OÂNeill, with two Ls, something AndersonÂs character jokes over in a Season 2 episode (Secrets) in which he clarifies to a reporter that his name is spelled with the extra L as there is another OÂNeil in the Air Force, musing that he has no sense of humor at all, a nod to Kurt Russell's more serious portrayal of the character. A nice touch and all stuff that I didn't need to look up, which should be a testament to my Stargate geekdom.
Stargate SG-1 had a very successful for 10 season run and led to two other spin-off shows with Stargate: Atlantis and the less-popular and early-cancelled Stargate: Universe along with two direct-to-DVD movies based on the SG-1 series (Stargate: Arc of the Truth, Stargate: Continuum) and the Stargate Infinity animated series.
While the television and movie side of Stargate has been successful, the attempts to bring it to gaming fans have, to put it mildly, usually been met with sheer and utter disaster of an almost biblical apocalyptic nature. The bad began with the early cancellation of Stargate SG-1: Alliances and escalated to the disasters that were Stargate: Resistance and Stargate Worlds from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment. If youÂre curious to learn more about that train wreck on the rails of humanity, you can browse all of our previous stories from that time that would have even made Apophis shake his head in shame.
Now that we made it through that depressing bit of news, we can look ahead to something positive thanks to Arkalis Interactive, who this week announced that the first of their new episodic adventure title, Stargate SG-1: Unleashed, is now available on for Android devices via Google Play, something we usually donÂt cover but figured it was worth a mention to our scorned Stargate fans. While this is, unfortunately, a tablet/mobile game, it does come with some high points that will make most any Stargate fan squee. Arkalis managed to get the band back together to lend their voices to the game with the full original cast of the SG-1 team returning to reprise their roles with Richard Dean Anderson (Colonel Jack OÂNeill), Amanda Tapping (Captain Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), and Christopher Judge (TealÂc) to take on a new threat from the series top villains, the GoaÂuld.
The game is available this week for the discounted price of $2.99 and will return to its full price of $4.99 after June 16th. So if youÂre up for one more journey with the crew from SG-1, head over and check it out. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed is also available for iOS devices and on Amazon.
The Original Stargate Cast Reunite in New interactive Adventure Game, Stargate SG-1: Unleashed!
Starring the voices of Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Judge Available now on Android GooglePlay Store
ANDORRA Â June 14, 2013 - Today game developer, Arkalis Interactive, in partnership with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Google Play Store, announces the release of Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1, an interactive episodic sci-fi adventure game for Android tablet and Android mobile devices. Episode one will make its worldwide Android Google Play Store debut Â today.
For the first time in years, the original cast from the highly popular long-running TV series, Stargate SG-1, reunited to voice their SG-1 characters in the game. Richard Dean Anderson (as Jack OÂNeil), Amanda Tapping (as Samantha Carter), Michael Shanks (as Daniel Jackson) and Christopher Judge (as TealÂc) headline the voice cast for the new episode with dialogue cleverly crafted by script writer Sally Malcolm to reflect each of the SG-1 charactersÂ distinctive personalities.
Stargate SG-1: UnleashedÂs story revolves around the SG-1 team in an all-new adventure that takes them through the Stargate in an effort to reveal the mysteries behind a new and dangerous GoaÂuld enemy. Players are engaged in the third-person adventure, commanding Colonel OÂNeill, and characters Captain Carter and Dr. Jackson as they travel to unknown worlds, defeat Jaffa warriors, infiltrate a GoaÂuld slave camp, explore mysterious temples, decipher new technology and solve cryptic puzzles.
ÂThe fans have been asking for new Stargate content since the TV series ended years ago,Â said Darren Thomas, Producer. ÂAnd weÂre pleased that MGM has entrusted us to carry on the franchise via these interactive episodes. I think the fans really have something to get excited about.Â
The series debuts today on Google Play Store and will be available for $2.99 through June 16 and for $4.99 after this period ends.Â It is also currently available for iOS and Amazon App Store.
Stargate SG-1: Unleashed features:
- Voiced by the original TV cast members
- High quality 3D graphics with realistic Stargate Command environments
- A variety of game play: target shooting, stealth mode, object collection, and race against the clock.
- Eight interactive chapters
- Amazing cinematics guide the player through the story
- Original soundtrack
- Easy-to-master touchscreen game play
Download Stargate SG-1 Unleashed now at Google Play App store
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About Arkalis Interactive
Arkalis Interactive is an independent mobile games development studio located in the country of Andorra that combines high-end 3D visuals with very accessible casual gameplay. The team is led by industry veterans who have developed highly successful mobile titles.
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