A new version of Peter Molyneux's vintage resource management sim Theme Park is in the works for iOS devices, EA has announced.
According to DigitalSpy, it's a completely new version of the 1994 Bullfrog original built in a 3D engine.
It'll be a free app but you'll be able to buy additional in-game currency to give you faster access to new items, attractions and land plots.
EA Bright Light boss Harvey Elliot would "love" to see classic Bullfrog games like Populous and Theme Park remade for today's systems.
"The definition of insanity," my friend told me, as he stood on a petrol station forecourt watching me wrestle a wing mirror onto my car using packing tape and rubber bands, "is doing the same thing again and expecting a different result." "I seriously doubt that is the actual medical definition of insanity," I responded grumpily.
"But perhaps it applies to Theme Park DS!" I added, several hours later, continuing my unbroken streak of only thinking of something witty to say after the fact. Well, something to say, anyway. As to wit, your mileage may vary. Remember to check your mirrors.
Like a real theme park, the attraction of playing the '90s PC classic that helped make Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog such a household name (well, a stinky bedroom name) is being taken for a ride and enjoying it so much that you don't notice that you're standing in vomit, or being forced to click a tiny little arrow 43 times in a row to change a number. It's a management sim that involves building up a simple theme park while you're also juggling a range of variables, which determine how much money each bit makes and whether the people coming through the turnstyles have any fun. It's about as realistic as candy floss, but that's not something you'll be worried about.
EA's Tokyo development studio is working on a DS version of Theme Park, the publisher has confirmed.
The latest incarnation of the popular fairground simulation will, as ever, allow you to create your dream-park and fill it with stomach-churning rides, tacky shops, and 'Butlins' sideshows. It's a familiar description of an old franchise, but EA believes the DS can bring a new, intuitive approach to the series via the touch-screen interface.
"Theme Park is one of EA's long standing properties, and we are excited to breathe new life into the series by bringing it to the NDS platform for the first time ever," said Stan Chow, general manager of EA Japan. "Taking advantage of the unique controls in the NDS, we are able to create an easy-to-pick-up game that will have the depth to satisfy fans of the series, and also be accessible to lighter and new gamers with its user-friendly controls."