Outsider Games is partnering with Irish comic book publisher Atomic Diner and Northern Ireland Screen to adapt the best-selling and award-winning comic book Jennifer Wilde as a Point & Click Adventure game.
At the start of the Jazz Age in Paris in 1921, young French artist Jennifer Chevalier becomes embroiled in death, espionage and revolution which takes her across the three nations of France, England and Ireland – ably assisted by the ghost of Oscar Wilde.
Jennifer believes the recent death of her father was no ‘accident’. Finding a chained locket in her father’s hotel, Jennifer attempts to use her childhood gift for talking to ghosts to call his spirit back. Unwittingly, the ghost recalled is that of Oscar Wilde, famous Irish playwright, whose affair with Jennifer’s father has bound his ghost to the locket.
Jennifer and Oscar find themselves involved in schemes of murder, ghosts and intrigue as they attempt to solve Jennifer’s father’s murder, and develop a deep friendship along the way…
- Play as both Jennifer and the ghost of Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde.
- Unique comic book-style inventory
- Choices affect the outcome of the story
- Visit Paris, London and Dublin
- Fully illustrated in Black & White line art by comic artists, with a mix of traditional and rigged animation
- Direct control or classic point & click
The project is currently being funded on Kickstarter, with a funding goal of £11k to complete the game.
Gameplay and story trailer
logos and Promotional images
(Jennifer Wilde Logo – Transparent with Glow)
Developed by Outsider Games and the team behind body-hopping, musical adventure game, Wailing Heights. Jennifer Wilde features black and white, ink washed 2D graphics that perfectly capture the aesthetic of the original comic book. Outsider games, formed in 2012, develops original properties, and has undertaken commissions from high-profile clients including projects for the BBC and Lionsgate films.
Stephen Downey – Game director and designer – is co-founder of Outsider Games and original artist on the Jennifer Wilde comic book. He has worked in the gaming, comic book and illustration industry has provided artwork for properties such as Halo: Nightfall, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, How to Train Your Dragon and Need For Speed: The Run. He designed and directed the musical adventure game, Wailing Heights.
Maura McHugh - Script Writer – lives in the West of Ireland and is the original writer of the Jennifer Wilde comic book series, published by Atomic Diner Comics and drawn by Stephen Downey. She’s written other comic book projects for a variety of European and American publications, as well as writing prose, theatre, screenplays, and non-fiction. She’s two collections published in the USA – Twisted Fairy Tales and Twisted Myths – and her latest book is a monograph on the David Lynch iconic film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. She appears regularly on the RTÉ Radio 1 arts show Arena covering comic books and popular culture, and she has also served on international literary, film, and comic book juries. Her web site is http://splinister.com and she tweets as @splinister.
John McFarlane – Artist and Animator – John is a comic book artist and trained animator, currently working as art lead for Outsider Games. John’s work was featured in Uproar comics, League of Volunteers and Maniac of New York. He was lead artist on Wailing Heights, which was nominated for a TIGA visual design award.
Rodney McConnell – Programmer. With a HND in Game design, and over 20 years experience in programming Rodney was the sole programmer on Wailing Heights, bringing the project to PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Outsider Games is a Northern Ireland based game developer run by Stephen Downey. The studio has worked on projects for a number of large clients including the BBC and Lionsgate. In 2016, they published their first original IP PC game, Wailing Heights. More information on the company can be found at http://www.outsidergames.com
Atomic Diner is Ireland’s premier comic publisher. Set up in 2003 by Robert Curley, the company has produced the country’s best selling and most popular titles including The League Of Volunteers, Glimmer Man, Crimson Blade and Jenifer Wilde, along with many others. For more information on Atomic Diner please visit www.atomicdiner.com
Maura McHugh Further information and bibliography for Maura can be found at http://splinister.com
Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.
In our new 4-year strategy, Opening Doors, for the years 2014-18, we have a clear vision to transform the screen industries in Northern Ireland, ensuring that we have the strongest screen industry outside of London in the UK and Ireland within 10 years, supported by vibrant and diverse cultural voices that are recognized and celebrated equally at home and abroad.
This mission, to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland, is supported by intervention in the following areas:
- Production and development funding for film, television and digital content;
- A free information service and production support for filming in Northern Ireland, including locations FAM trips for incoming productions; help with sourcing crews and facilities; studio facilities Titanic Studios (with two new purpose-built sound stages and more planned) and the Linen Mill Studio, as well as excellent alternative build space;
- Marketing Northern Ireland as a worldwide production location and promoting its product and talent;
- Financial assistance for training and skills development;
- Production funding for Irish Language and Ulster-Scots programming;
- Investment in film education, heritage and archive, film festivals and cultural cinema.
Northern Ireland Screen is a company limited by guarantee, currently employing 25 people and governed by a Board of thirteen Directors. The Chairwoman is Rotha Johnston and Kenneth Branagh is Honorary President.
Northern Ireland Screen is funded by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and by the Department for Communities and is delegated by the Arts Council of NI (ACNI) to administer Lottery funding for film in Northern Ireland.