Sproing Interactive has announced Corto Maltese: The Fable of Venice Coming for the Nintendo DS next fall. The game will be developed by Cong SA.
Players of this puzzle/adventure game will romp through early 20th century Venice while solving mysteries and mini puzzle challenges and meeting oddball characters. The MacGuffin is a gem called Solomon’s Clavicle.
“Corto Maltese is an incredibly successful and long-lasting comic brand with a huge following among both boys and girls. Venice was Pratt’s hometown and Corto Maltese his favorite and most successful character,” said Patrizia Zanotti, artistic director, Cong SA. “Corto Maltese – The Fable of Venice will certainly please and charm the fans who have read the comic book as well as those who will discover Corto Maltese for the first time.”
Created by Italian comics master Hugo Pratt , Corto Maltese remains one of the most popular characters from graphic literature in Europe, and maintains a devoted cult following among American readers and creators. English-language editions of his books are all long out of print — several publishers have been trying to get the rights for Casterman for a while, but things have been held up. Until then, at least we get a video game.