Queen have launched a new app, Queen: Play the Game, that allows fans to win various prizes through quizzes and puzzles while exploring the band’s history through archival images and re-sampled sounds from their extensive catalog of music.
Developed with Soshi Games, the new app is available to download for iOS and Android, and costs approximately $3. Play the Game comes with a handful of puzzles and more than 900 trivia questions; developers promised the app would be updated regularly with new features and games.
Play the Game will also host monthly competitions where users will be able to win Queen merchandise and prizes. The first competition ends June 30th and includes a mini-Freddie Mercury statue as part of a prize.
Users must have reached a certain level within the game in order to be eligible. For instance, the first competition will be open to those who have achieved two stars. Per the Play the Game site, there are various challenges within each category (such as “The Songs”), and stars are awarded at various checkpoints (one when 25 percent of the category is complete, two at 50 percent and three at 100 percent).
As for their non-app related activity, Queen are taking some time off after a busy 2014, which saw the release of a new compilation, Queen Forever — that included several previously unreleased songs — and a 24-date North American tour with Adam Lambert serving as frontman (the band will return to the road this September for several South American shows).
Despite the near-impossible task of filling Mercury’s shoes, Lambert told Rolling Stone at the time that he was up for the challenge: “I think a lot of the apprehension has faded because we’ve done this a number of times in the past couple of years. That’s not to suggest I’m getting cocky at all, because I will never compare to Freddie Mercury. He’s one in a million. At this point, I know how to strike a balance between honoring the way these songs were originally meant to be sung and my own instincts, my own choices.”