Stargate games

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Stargate games are inspired by the Stargate franchise, which started with the 1994 film, Stargate directed by Roland Emmerich.

The games in this article are not related to the 1981 arcade game Stargate by Williams Electronics.

Games[edit]

Stargate-3000[edit]

Stargate SG-3000 (abbreviated to SG-3000) is a simulator thrill ride based around the highly successful MGM television series Stargate SG-1 that made its debut at The Space Centre in Bremen, Germany in December, 2003. A reproduction has now been built at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Marine World. As of 2006, Six Flags Great America no longer shows Stargate SG-3000. The contract with the park expired and the movie was pulled about a month before the season started.[1][2]

Stargate pinball[edit]

Main article: Stargate (pinball)

Stargate is a 1995 pinball game, designed by Ray Tanzer and Jon Norris and released by Gottlieb. The game is based on the film Stargate, not the television show Stargate SG-1. It has many modes, including several multi-ball modes.

A "pyramid" is the main feature of this game. It has a top that opens by raising and lowering. A moving "Glidercraft" ship will be extended from the pyramid when the pyramid is open. The "Glidercraft" will zigzag left-right, in front of the pyramid, with about 90 degrees of horizontal movement.[3]

This game also features two "Horus" targets. These are basically the reverse of drop targets: they are targets that, rather than dropping down into the playfield when hit, rise up into the air. Each target is attached to a large "Horus" structure, which is itself attached to a pivot that can raise and lower. These Horus structures drop to block the player from reaching two key shots. The game occasionally raises them, allowing the player to temporarily make the shots. Part of the development involved having actor James Spader record the voice parts of Daniel Jackson.[3]

Stargate Trading Card Game[edit]

Stargate Trading Card Game (abbreviated as Stargate TCG) is a trading card game based on the long-running Stargate series. It released in both online and physical card formats in April 2007.[4] The first set is to be based on Stargate SG-1, though upcoming releases will add additional cards from SG-1 and incorporate Stargate Atlantis as well. The Stargate TCG is designed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by Comic Images.

The TCG pulls players into the Stargate universe as they put their favorite characters together to form a team and send them through the gate to accomplish missions. New gameplay lets characters "learn" from their accomplishments and mistakes to increase their capabilities. There are three different ways to possibly win: Earning experience points, collecting glyphs, or scoring Adversaries. By completing missions, players can play glyphs onto their characters which unlock abilities that could help them win the game.

The online version of the game is identical to the standard game and contains the same cards. However, being online it gives players the advantage of a more diverse group of opponents to play against at any time of day or night. Also, it includes an online deck builder and collection management system, making it easy to manage physical and virtual collections. There are also online tournaments with rewards of free cards and increased player rankings in worldwide standings. Finally, Sony Online has introduced a redemption program known as "Through the Gate". This allows players to collect the full set of digital cards, and then redeem them online for physical cards.[5] The online game went live on April 27, 2007.

The first set of cards are based on Stargate SG-1, and contains 292 cards. Starter decks feature Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, and Teal'c, and are fully playable, each containing sixty cards including four team character cards that are based on the heroes of the show. Booster packs each contain eleven additional cards, including characters, enemies, missions, weapons and other gear, as well as obstacles that players can use to enhance their deck. The set is made up of 66 Rare cards, 66 Uncommon cards, 100 Common cards, 6 Ultra-Rare cards, and 54 Starter-deck-only cards.

Released on August 16, 2007, the second set contains 292 cards and is based on the Goa'uld System Lords. Set two focuses on expanding the villain aspect of Stargate TCG. Starter Decks feature Ba'al, Apophis, Osiris, and Yu. It introduced a new feature called Dominion and expandeded upon existing traits from the Stargate SG-1 set such as Russians, Tok'ra, and NID. The set is made up of 66 Rare cards, 66 Uncommon cards, 100 Common cards, 6 Ultra-Rare cards, and 54 Starter-deck-only cards.

Released on May 9, 2008, the third entitled Rise of the Ori, includes 240 cards and it introduces Ships, Promotion Tokens, and the Blockade ability. The fourth set has been announced and will focus on Stargate Atlantis.

Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Games[edit]

Stargate SG-1 Adventure Game (1998)[edit]

The Stargate SG-1 Adventure Game was a role-playing game based on the Canadian-American television series Stargate SG-1. In 1998, West End Games obtained a license to develop derivative works from the television show. They hired John Tynes to develop the property for them using WEG's D6 System. WEG ran into financial difficulties and the Stargate SG-1 Adventure Game project was cancelled, after Tynes had completed about two-thirds of the game. Tynes was refused payment for his work, and he subsequently made the incomplete game available for download from his website.

Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game (2003)[edit]

The Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game is a role-playing game based on the Canadian-American television series Stargate SG-1, released in 2003 by Alderac Entertainment Group.[6] The game, based on AEG's Spycraft, uses the d20 System. It was considered canon by the publishers and the staff of MGM. When Sony purchased MGM, MGM lost the license to produce Stargate game products and the development license is unassigned.

Video games[edit]

Stargate (1994 video game)[edit]

The first Stargate video game film tie-in was a Tetris-like puzzle game released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1994[7] and the Sega Game Gear in 1995.[8] It was developed by Probe Entertainment Limited and published by Acclaim Entertainment.

Stargate[edit]

Simply titled Stargate, this movie tie-in was an action game where the player controlled Jack O'Neill. This game was developed by Probe Entertainment Limited and published by Acclaim Entertainment for Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Mega Drive in 1995.

Stargate SG-1: The Alliance[edit]

Stargate SG-1: The Alliance
SG-1 The Alliance logo.jpg
Developer(s) Perception Studios
Publisher(s) None (was Namco, and previously JoWood Productions)
Release date(s) Cancelled

Stargate SG-1: The Alliance, (abbreviated as SG-1:TA), is a cancelled game based on Stargate SG-1. Development was cancelled in August 2005.

The game was said to have been based upon the events of the SG-1 seasons; the player was able to select their character for a mission and fulfill the roles of that character as seen in the TV show. It was confirmed that the Alliance part of the name referred to the Alliance between Anubis and the new enemy, Haaken. The Haaken have never appeared in the TV show, they are a new alien race that was created by the developer's concept artists and game designers. The game was an FPS with an option for a third person perspective, consisting of objectives to be reached during various missions and levels. Since the developers have not shown much of the gameplay, it is not clear how exactly the game was meant to play out. However, from the video from the Stargate Atlantis: Rising DVD, it appears to follow the storyline well. In 2012, gaming blog Past to Present Online began to release information about the game, including gameplay videos that revealed the storyline and mechanics.[9]

According to IGN, an "administrator posting in the game's official forum stating that the game has been cancelled". However, this has never been officially confirmed by the developer, Perception Studios, despite forcing the majority of its staff into redundancy in January 2006.[10]

After a two-year-long legal battle with JoWood Productions, Perception won their fight in December 2007 with JoWood admitting they had no rights to the Stargate franchise. In fact, Perception has all rights to the Stargate SG-1: The Alliance game, and any further Stargate game releases. It is expected that work will now continue in some way on The Alliance, although existing parts of the already made game may not be used.[11] Peter DeLuise was especially disappointed, having devoted much time to the game's development (albeit primarily the audio portion).[12]

Stargate Worlds[edit]

Main article: Stargate Worlds

Stargate Worlds (abbreviated as SGW)[13] was to be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) video game in-development by Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment (CME) (in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (MGM) and was to be published by FireSky for Microsoft Windows. The game's setting was mainly borrowed from military science fiction series Stargate SG-1. It was announced that Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment is under evaluation by a receiver and that development of Stargate Worlds has ceased.[14]

Stargate: Resistance[edit]

Main article: Stargate: Resistance

Stargate: Resistance (abbreviated as SGR) is an online, third-person shooter owned and operated by Dark Comet Games, powered by the Unreal 3 engine, and based on the television series Stargate SG-1. It was announced in December 2009 and originally released in 2010 by Firesky and Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, however Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has been in receivership since March 2010.[15] Since then, Firesky entered into an agreement with Dark Comet Games for the maintenance, operation and development of Stargate Resistance.[16] The game has sold over 51,000 copies[17] and new downloadable content is being released.[18] No subscription fee was required to play the game. At Midnight (PST), January 17, 2011, all Stargate Resistance servers were shut down, including an extensive user forum.

Stargate SG-1: Unleashed[edit]

On February 6, 2013, a trailer for Stargate SG-1: Unleashed was posted on IGN. The game is an adventure game featuring the original SG-1 team for Android and iOS being developed by MGM and Arkalis Interactive, the first episode was released on March 14, 2013.[19] Arkalis Interactive has indicated on the community page of their website that Unleashed will also be released on the PC platform via Steam. There are reports that it may become available on the Xbox 360 platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stargate SG-3000". GateWorld. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stargate SG-3000". Six Flags Great America. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Stargate". Internet Pinball Database. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Stargate Online Trading Card Game". Sony Online Entertainment. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Stargate Online Trading Card Game - Features". Sonly Online Entertainment. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Newquist, Ken. "Stargate SG-1 Roleplaying Game (Review)". SciFi.com. Retrieved June 25, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Dane, Tyler (July 29, 2014). "Stargate [Game Boy]". Reviewbiquity. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Stargate Review". Electronic Gaming Monthly (69) (EGM Media, LLC). April 1995. p. 40. 
  9. ^ Borman, Andrew (January 24, 2006). "Stargate SG-1 : The Alliance Collected Content". Past to PResent Online. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ Steel, Wade (November 24, 2012). "Stargate Finally Closed?". IGN. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "December 13, 2007". Perception. December 13, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  12. ^ Nuytens, Gilles (September 22, 2006). "Peter DeLuise interview". Sci-Fi World. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Check out the SGW page at Gamespot". Stargate Worlds. September 9, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ Sumner, Darren (March 26, 2010). "Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment on the verge of collapse". Gateworld. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Receivership announcement". 
  16. ^ "Dark Comet Games agreement with Firesky announcement". 
  17. ^ "Link to the SGR Stats page for user 51000". 
  18. ^ "Game FAQ". Stargate Resistance. December 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  19. ^ "Stargate SG1: Unleashed". Arkalis Interactive. 

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