Electronic Arts is bringing E.T.: The Extraterrestrial back into the world of gaming, according to Shack News. Despite the notoriety surrounding the 1982 adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic, developers will try to win over gamers once again by offering up a free-to-play title for iOS. If you weren’t scarred forever from your attempts to get the extraterrestrial out of those infernal pits in the Atari 2600 game, then you may be willing to give this endeavor a shot.
Developed by Strawdog Studios, Big Play Digital, and Chillingo, E.T.: The Green Planet allows players to assume the role of everyone’s favorite kind-hearted alien. After landing on a planet that’s extremely close to dying off, the little guy decides to bring the place back to life with the healing powers contained in his fingers.
“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made and conjures up nostalgia for countless fans around the world. We are excited to commemorate this global cultural phenomenon by publishing an amazing new game,” Chillingo co-general manager and co-founder Chris Byatte explained in the company’s official press release.
In addition to growing and collecting a wide variety of alien plant life, E.T. will be able to construct a communication device which allows him to get in touch with his friends on Earth. Players can also cross-breed the collected plants in order to create bizarre hybrids of their own design. Perhaps more importantly, those who venture into the world of The Green Planet will be able to meet Botanicus, the extraterrestrial’s wise teacher.
Not surprisingly, E.T.: The Green Planet was developed to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary. The adventures of the lovable little alien can now be experienced in glorious high-definition, courtesy of the recently-released Blu-ray that was also designed to take advantage of the film’s anniversary celebration.
E.T.: The Green Planet is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch at the Apple App Store.