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A Video Game Version Of ‘Fort Boyard’ Is Released Next Week

A Video Game Version Of ‘Fort Boyard’ Is Released Next Week

Readers of a certain age are sure to get a kick out of this one: a video game based on the 1990s TV series Fort Boyard is coming out really, really soon. And by really, really soon, we really mean it - Fort Boyard, the game, is released on June 27. That's next week!

Originally a French show that debuted across the English Channel in May 1990, Fort Boyard finally got its crack at British viewers in 1998 (having been delayed by the success of the very similar The Crystal Maze), as a Channel 5-produced version hosted by (as Videogamer successfully remembers, because I sure can't) Melinda Messenger.

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Fort Boyard / Credit: Microïds
Fort Boyard / Credit: Microïds

Late EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham, who played Den Watts aka 'Dirty Den' in the long-running BBC soap, joined her; as did Geoffrey Bayldon, best known for playing the titular wizard in the 1970s kids series Catweazel. And look, I'm old, but not that old. So I'll believe what Wikipedia says, here. Bayldon was replaced for the original run's final series, of 2003, by former Doctor Who actor Tom Baker.

Anyway, back to video games. Fort Boyard, which is made by Adventure Line Production and published by Anuman Interactive/Microïds (Syberia 3, Gear Club Unlimited, the autumn-due remaster of XIII), is a multiplayer party game very much in the spirit of its inspiration from the tellybox. Games are presented as physical and/or endurance challenges, such as holding onto a Bucking Bronco-like dinosaur, dashing along backwards-rolling travelators aplenty, and gliding around on some sort of water-jet contraption. Take a look at the trailer.

Tigers? Tigers that you can, it seems, run over? The 1990s were wild, man.

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Now, Fort Boyard actually has some interesting gaming roots. It was conceived as a kind of variation on the Dungeons & Dragons formula, with competitors working as a team to solve puzzles and find treasure in a mysterious tower. It was meant to have a presenter acting as a kind of Dungeon Master, though I'm not sure that was quite Messenger's ultimate role when the show made it to the UK. Correct me otherwise, at the usual address (don't).

If you fancy picking Fort Boyard up, it's released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch on June 27 (ICYMI that date, just up there). Seems to be a boxed game, too, which is unexpected. But we've not that much of an idea, based on the trailer, as to how it's going to play - but then, did the TV show really make that much sense? Again, I don't remember - I was mostly in the pub in 1998.

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Featured Image Credit: Microïds

Topics: video games, Xbox, switch, Steam, Multiplayer, Nintendo, gamingbible, TV

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Former gigs include VICE Gaming, BBC Music, BBC Gaming Show. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016), 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016), 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games' (2019). Contact: [email protected]

 

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