“Prince Interactive” video game surfaces online and it’s as bizarre as you’d expect
Posted by Whiteboard Animators at avril 25th, 2016
Music legend Prince no doubt left an indelible mark on the music industry. The artist’s ability to transcend genre, and even art media, is a testament to his versatility as a performer. His unexpected death leaves behind a mountain of work, which fans have been exploring in the week following his passing.
One the more unusual finds is a bizarre 1994 video game linked to the artist. A reporter with Mashable found the game on Amazon, which played on a CD-ROM, and couldn’t even run on a Window operating system later than Windows XP.
He detailed his journey through the digital rendering of Prince’s Paisley Park. The game functions mostly through hovering the mouse over items within the game that the player can interact with, a simple point-and-click style of gameplay.
What you discover is at times as mysterious and eccentric as the musician himself, and at other times, just flat out confusing.
Images of Prince, and his unpronounceable symbol, are placed throughout the game, and players can interact with items within the world to play Prince songs. And what Prince game would be complete without a holographic woman delivering cryptic messages?
And of course Prince’s bedroom is guarded by two scantily-clad women saying, “Touch me.”
And a seemingly unremarkable painting reveals a secret stash of handcuffs and other unseemly items.
The entire game plays more like a loosely-licensed project, rushed through by game designers who are, at best, vaguely familiar with Prince’s work, and are making it all up as they go along. And hey, it was 1994. Computer game technology was still in its infancy.
But for an artist whose influence was as far-reaching as Prince, a strange video game is surely just one of the countless other products that paid tribute to the iconic musician.