Thunderbirds Are Go story-telling game app announced, due for release next year

Thunderbirds Are Go Season 2 Promo

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has teamed with Kuato Studios, producers of Code Warriors and Dino Tales, to develop a story-telling game app based on Thunderbirds Are Go.

Scheduled for release in early 2018, the app will be available on iOS and Android.

The new app launch follows the recent success of Parker’s Driving Challenge, an app game developed with Play With Games that earned plenty of positive feedback from players and achieved top ten status across 114 countries.

An updated take on Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s hugely successful Thunderbirds show first broadcast in the 1960s, Thunderbirds Are Go has risen to great success in the kids’ space, airing in over 40 markets with a global licensing programme spanning 85 licensees covering all key categories.

New episodes of the show due to air in September will see a the appearance of Tycho Reeves, a billionaire inventor much admired by Brains voiced by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), who has some unexpected teething problems on the inaugural voyage of his superspeed Hypercar; while Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Me Before You) voices Doyle, a resilient and courageous oil rig worker who stands up for what is right and allies herself with International Rescue.

A screenshot from the successful Parker's Driving Challenge, released by Play with Games in 2017
A screenshot from the successful Parker’s Driving Challenge, released by Play with Games in 2017

“As a best in class UK-based studio, Kuato is a perfect fit for Thunderbirds Are Go and we are thrilled to be working with them on this exciting project,” said Steve Green, EVP kids content and distribution, ITVS GE.

“As we have seen from the standout success of Parker’s Driving Challenge, fans of Thunderbirds Are Go welcome additional content and alternative ways to experience the series, particularly in the form of digital games.

“With new episodes of the show airing on CITV this Autumn, the launch of this app will be a complementary addition to the show and our licensing programme.”

Kuato Studios mobile app Hakitzu Elite, released in 2013, a robot coding game, was lauded as a pioneering effort in the mobile apps market. The company focuses on skills – critical and strategic thinking, reasoning, creativity, innovation, memory retention, problem solving and collaboration – and then creates compelling games that foster their development. The company is backed by Horizons Ventures, premier VC investors in Facebook, Spotify, Waze, Summly and Fixmo, with SRI International, the creators of Siri.

Mark Horneff, managing director of Kuato Studios, added: “Kuato Studios are delighted to be working with ITV on this exciting new adaption of Thunderbirds Are Go.

“With its beloved characters, thrilling adventures and quality storytelling, it’s a truly iconic show, and a perfect addition to our Tales Maker series.”

Web Links

• Thunderbirds are Go Official Site: www.thunderbirds.com

ITV Global Entertainment | Kuato Studios

Parker’s Driving Challenge is available here on amazon.co.uk (using this link helps support downthetubes)

Buy Parker’s Driving Challenge for iPhone or iPad here

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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