Tuesday, July 8, 2014

'Sharknado' Gets Video Game & Survival Guide Adaptations

If you know anything about "Sharknado," you'll know it isn't a game. Well, except now it is. Following the announcement that "Sharknado" merchandise would be storming retail stores, Syfy revealed that an iPhone runner game to be released this month.

Developed by Syfy, production studio Asylum and game company Other Ocean (and published by Majesco Entertainment), the appopriately-titled "Sharknado: The Video Game" will be set in New York City and allow players to assume the role of Fin (Ian Ziering) as he fights back against the man-eating tempests. The game will allow you to wield a broadsword; bounce off the backs of tiger sharks; feed buckets of fish to sharks; avoid "hammerhead stampedes" by surfing through a flooded Manhattan; and, of course, use a chainsaw to destroy a shark from the inside.

“When Majesco approached us about making a 'Sharknado' game, we said ‘yes’ before they’d even finished asking,” said game designer Frank Cifaldi. “The game we came up with is very much in the spirit of the films: ridiculous, overblown, yet oddly sincere. We can’t wait for fans to sink their teeth into it.”

As if a game is not enough, "Sharknado" is being turned into an educational opportunity through a new book, on sale now, called "How To Survive A Sharknado And Other Unnatural Disasters." Written by Andrew Shaffer -- with "contributions" from Fin and fellow survivor April -- the book from Three Rivers Press is a guide to battling hungry monsters and a ticked-off Mother Nature.

According to its description, the "live-saving" reference book provides "vital information on everything from firenados and swamp volcanoes to arachnoquakes and piranhacondas." This promises to be a go-to book, complete with cocktail recipes, that helps you avoid freaking out during freaky occurrences. And yes, it does teach "How To Wield A Chainsaw Like A Boss."

“When I saw 'Sharknado,' I really took Fin Shepard’s mantra, Semper Paratus (Always ready), to heart. Sure, other books can help you fend off your garden-variety shark, but what do you do when angry, chomping Great Whites are flying at your head?" said Matt Inman, the acquiring editor at Crown Publishing. "[The book] answers that critical question, and many more."

-Aaron Sagers