Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Sep 082014

I love 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and the upcoming A Hat in Time, which I can’t wait to see more of. Yesterday, I learned of a new one–Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.

Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe logo

I learned about it after I watched one of Linkara’s recent episodes of Atop the Fourth Wall (where bad comics burn). In the comments, a user posted a link to Lewis Lovhaug (Linkara)’s page on IMDB, and mentioned his role in an upcoming video game.

Sure enough, when I followed the link, I saw Linkara listed as the voice of Waxworth in 2015’s Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe, by Azurous Studios, so I looked it up to learn more.

I found the game’s official Facebook page, which led me to the teaser trailer.

The creator, Alex Tansley, is the artist who does Linkara’s title cards. It doesn’t look like any Fiona Frightening gameplay samples are available yet, just voice work and art. The characters seem interesting, though, and Linkara’s looks cool. Other voice actors include members of Team Four Star, the Autarch, Phantom Savage, and many more.

The trailer proclaims it to be “in the spirit of Banjo-Kazooie,” which is enough to hold my interest. Speaking of which, the Banjo-Kazooie composer, Grant Kirkhope, is involved.

In addition to Banjo-Kazooie, it’s been compared to Spyro, Donkey Kong 64, and Jak & Daxter, although its Halloween theme separates it from the rest.

The main character is Fiona Frightening, a witch who must stop the evil Boogieman, who has decided to rewrite the story so he’ll win. Fiona must ally with the Creeps and turn them into Monsdresses (by using the Wicked Wardrobe) to gain the powers she needs to fight.
Details about the game are still scarce. It looks like it had an Indiegogo campaign early in the year, but just to put the development team together. I’ve heard rumors of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign for the actual game.

Sir Waxworth from Fiona Frightening

There are public auditions for NPC voice acting roles, the first round of which has passed. It looks like the second round is almost over, with a September 10 deadline.  As I mentioned, there is a Facebook page, which should be the primary source of information, although it hasn’t been updated since the start of August.

Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe is planned for the Wii U and possibly the 3DS. I’ll let you know as soon as I learn more about it. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments below–are you interested in this game?

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