Gorillaz Unveil “Plastic Beach” Video Game
By Mikela Floyd on March 29, 2010
Hot on the heels of the release of their latest album, Plastic Beach, Gorillaz have announced that they'll release "Escape to Plastic Beach" - a multi level, multi format video game release that takes fans on the Gorillaz journey to their new headquarters on Plastic Beach. The game also includes an MP3 download of the band's new single 'Superfast Jellyfish,' courtesy of their recently released LP.
"Escape to Plastic Beach" is the first game of its type merging numerous levels of Flash and Unity formats along with a new single MP3 to create an audio, visual, graphical and gaming experience to expand fans' experience of an album. Increasing the experience beyond traditional album release - the game features original artwork, voiceovers from the band and numerous other tracks from the new Gorillaz album.
The game starts by recreating the events from the 'Stylo' music video in a free-to-play, 2D online game that sees Murdoc, singer 2D and Cyborg Noodle on their journey from the mainland to Plastic Beach. It continues underwater with Murdoc's daring underwater rescue of the band, and then beyond taking players direct to Plastic Beach HQ in a challenging eight level, 3D pay-to-play game. The final chapter of the game also includes an MP3 download of the band's new single 'Superfast Jellyfish' featuring De La Soul and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals.
Gorillaz Bassist, Murdoc stars as the main protagonist in "Escape to Plastic Beach" but will also play the game along with fellow members Cyborg Noodle and 2D - posting scores which fans can view and compete against via a global high score table. Fans who bought the "Experience" edition of the album had an exclusive preview of the 3D gliding game chapter as part of the extra content offered via the CD. Experience buyers will also be able to access the entire game in full, for free via their copy of Plastic Beach. Fans can also save their high scores in the members area of www.Gorillaz.com.
Chapters One and Two (free-to-play online game):
Out-run and out-gun the cops and then evade the ruthless El Camino as the band makes its way to Plastic Beach. Mixing up retro-2D and 2.5D graphics with footage from the Stylo video, Chapter One puts the fate of the band in your hands.
In Chapter Two, guide Murdoc in an underwater rescue of Cyborg Noodle and 2D, avoiding mines and hostile sea-life over three challenging levels of aquatic action into the waiting submarine.
Chapter Three (pay-to-play online game):
A 3D (Unity) action game in which Murdoc floats and fights above Plastic Beach HQ on his Doom Glider to foil 2D's repeated escape attempts whilst battling ghost pirate ships. Original artwork and Gorillaz voiceovers plus numerous increasingly difficult and complex levels immerses players in their own personal experience of Plastic Beach.
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