It’s been three decades since Steven Spielberg enchanted the world with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, changing the way a generation thought about potential alien life and Reese’s Pieces. Chillingo and Universal celebrate 30 years of friendly aliens next week with E.T.: The Green Planet, or as I like to call it, E.T. Farms Home.
At the end of the blockbuster 1982 film, E.T. stepped into a spaceship with a plant under his arm and flew off to his home planet. E.T.: The Green Planet for the iPhone tells the story of what happened once our sausage-y alien friend reached his final destination.
It’s gardening/farming simulation, and given the context it fits the story perfectly. In the movie E.T. and his fellow aliens were alien botanists, gathering plant samples from Earth before being rudely interrupted by the US government. The aliens needed those plants to save their dying planet, which is exactly what you’ll be doing in The Green Planet — growing alien plants, cross-breeding seeds to create hybrids (go botany!), and visiting your friends to see how their gardens grow.
Don’t worry; E.T. hasn’t completely forgotten Elliott and incredibly young Drew Barrymore. As you cultivate the alien landscape you’ll uncover film artifacts that can be used to create a device capable of communicating with the Earth.
Universal is launching an E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 9, the same day E.T.: The Green Planet shows up in the App Store, so you can watch the classic film and then pick up where it left off.
Until then, enjoy these exclusive screens of E.T. Farms Home.