Saturday, May 24, 2014

Will The New MacGyver App Bring In New Fans?

Though this 1980s era primetime TV character is only of significance to anyone over 30 years of age, but will the new MacGyver app give a new lease of life – and new fans – to super-agent Angus MacGyver?

By: Ringo Bones

According to an interview by TMZ on Richard Dean Anderson – the actor who played MacGyver - back in May 21, it seems that Anderson will receive some royalties on the new MacGyver app. But more importantly, it’s not just anyone over 30 years of age that will be more than a bit curious to check out the new app – it also raises the potential for a new generation of fans to be interested in super-agent Angus MacGyver.

Yep, it seems that everyone over 30 years of age will be the most happy to know that Angus MacGyver (though he still probably doesn’t like to be called by his first name because he thinks its “uncool”) has found a second life on the iOS App Store. FairPlay Media Limited has released a few days ago MacGyver Deadly Descent for both Android and iOS devices. The game is based on the primetime hit 1980s television show starring Richard Dean Anderson as a very resourceful and cleaver special agent who can build almost anything with whatever is at hand; though his phobia with guns caused by a childhood accident is probably his only weakness.

The game itself is nothing special in comparison to whatever’s already out there, but it is an official MacGyver release with the blessing of the series creator Lee David Zlotoff. Even though actor Richard Dean Anderson receives royalties, a significant portion of the proceeds will also go to the MacGyver Foundation, which – like the game – encourages people to solve their own problems “using only the resources at hand, particularly in the face of a crisis”. Just like the TV MacGyvers’ The Phoenix Foundation.

MacGyver Deadly Descent is a puzzle game where players must help MacGyver to stop a computer virus that is affecting the top secret D.A.W.N. Laboratories. The game features six different puzzle categories that players must solve to help in the rescue of the scientists who are trapped underground before they run out of air. Though the game is fairly straightforward, a thorough knowledge of the MacGyver TV series – and physical science in general – can be a big help.

Upon release of the MacGyver app, series creator Lee David Zlotoff even issued a message of thanks that goes: “I cannot begin to express humbled I am at the way you have embraced MacGyver as a fun and entertaining character, and how so many of you around the world have been inspired to make him a part of your lives, if not your vocabulary. Never in my wildest dreams when I was writing the pilot could I have imagined what MacGyver would become.”  

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