Kristian Fosh aims to continue the current point ‘n’ click adventure revival with Jason The Greek: The Ladies of Lemnos, a colourful and light-hearted caper inspired by Monkey Island, Discworld and other adventure games of yore.
There’s also an influence behind it that you may not expect – Star Trek.
Kristian is no stranger to the world of development, having worked on renowned MMORPG RuneScape in addition to a handful of smaller titles including Arcanists and Zombie Dawn.
Sound engineer Chris Jolley is also lending a hand to make Jason The Greek a reality, with a back catalogue comprising of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and more.
The plot sees Jason – the charismatic captain of the Argo – and his crew become stranded on the Isle of Lemnos while searching for the Golden Fleece. Also known as ‘The Land of Women’, Jason soon finds himself in quite the predicament with the locals.
With the clock currently ticking on Kickstarter, Kristian has been kind enough to share some words on his hopes and aims for Jason the Greek, and just how Star Trek fits into a something seeped in ancient Greek mythology.
Where did the desire to create Jason The Greek come from?
The game first came from the desire to want to make the kind of title I really enjoy – a point and click adventure. I had worked on a few collaborations and when these faded out due to one reason or another I guess I really just wanted to do something for myself, something I really loved to do.
Story wise, I’ve always wanted to do a sci-fi spoof, it’s something I’ve had in the back of my head for a long time but I wanted to do a more original take on the whole genre instead of just another Kirk-clone and so mixed it with another great geek passion of mine that is the Greek Myths and legends, personal favourite being Jason and The Argonauts. From there everything else just fell into place.
The lead character has been described as mixture of Captain Kirk and the captain of the Argonauts. Care to elaborate?
Haha – yep, with a dash of Zapp Brannigan thrown in for good measure. Essentially his character design, his clothes, armour, dress sense etc are all inspired by the Ancient Greeks but the personality is much more Kirk-esque with many a manly monologue and offset pause in conversation.
I imagine both captains were irresistible to women, though…
We’re informed that the Star Trek homage doesn’t end with Jason himself due to part of the crew being formed of “Red Skirts”. These background characters always faced vastly tragic deaths whenever accompanying Enterprise personnel on ‘away missions’. Will the same apply here?
Absolutely – the Red Skirts will litter the game not only as a homage but also as interactive tool tips throughout. So when you find a dying crew member they will do their best to aid their captain with their dying breath…