Masaya Matsuura, designer of PaRappa the Rapper and former member of Japanese prog rock unit Psy-S, has revealed that he is making a game based on Marvin Gaye.
The game is titled War is Not the Answer and will be made for charity organisation One Big Game. Players tap areas of a screen as they highlighted, which corresponds to a syllable of a Marvin Gaye tune. Players are punished for bad timing, but slow-down effects.
Marvin Gaye not only mastered pop, soul and R&B, he ventured in concept albums that dealt with politically charged and extremely personal themes. Musical brilliance aside Marvin Gaye led a tragic life filled with high highs and low lows that ultimately culminated with him being murdered by his own father. Matsuura, of course, will be focusing on Marvin’s wonderful musical legacy.
Matsuura’s Marvin Gaye game is slated for the iPad and iPhone, but is not yet priced or dated. As with previous One Big Game charity title Chime, proceeds will go to charity. Let’s get it on.