Surely I’m not the only one who has stared at his Yes albums and thought, “When I die, if I can spend eternity flying around inside the Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe album cover, we’ll call that a success.” Well, thanks to Roger Dean’s Dragon’s Dream, I will now get do that on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and no one has to die.
Roger Dean is, of course, the artist and designer famous for visionary album covers for bands such as prog rock legends Yes and Asia. He has also produced much of the UK video game company Psygnosis’s ground-breaking artwork and (something I didn’t previously know) designed the logo for the classic video game Tetris.
And now, with Dragon’s Dream, the artists panoramas become the game itself. Both a game and a free flying visualizer, Dragon’s Dream allows players to discover what lies beyond the barriers of Dean’s imagination.
From the press release:
Dean has worked closely with UK digital media studio, Moshen, to create two entirely new landscapes, Oceanic Arches and Forest of Mist, the reward for negotiating the dragon to end of these scenarios is an unlock of an original piece of never seen before work.
Roger Dean said: “My unique application will allow you to explore the worlds I created like never before and experience a different perspective to the paintings you know all too well from my previous work.
“We have taken many elements from the Dragons Dream paintings; landscapes from Arches Morning, 1st April, Birdsong, Morning Dragon, Elbow Rock and Sea of Light all come together to create two new worlds, making this application an essential element of my artwork portfolio.”
Roger Dean’s Dragon’s Dream will be launched on the iTunes App Store as a Universal application on November 18th, priced at £2.99 (no word yet of U.S. availability or pricing).
For more information, visit www.appshen.com.