Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Inspector Gadget iTunes Game Teased on New Official YouTube Channel and Facebook Page

Well, that's a lot of news jammed into one headline. Guess I'll start with what I find most interesting. As the below video points out, "Something's brewing on iTunes"...

...and that something, I believe, is an all-new iOS game starring Gadget! This will be the first video game based on the show since the hit "Inspector Gadget - M.A.D Dash" (2010), which became popular enough to push a new TV series into production. This new game, set to be released in two days, is apparently a sidescroller like M.A.D Dash but otherwise looks pretty different. Let's have a closer look at those flashing images from the video:

I must admit I find this art style both kind of charming and kind of sloppy-looking. It's great that they're using the original series designs, but the drawing style and rendition of those designs seem a bit off, particularly the faces of the M.A.D agents.

Also, here's an amateurish mistake: Gadget's springs are not supposed to come out from under his shoes... they're supposed to be an extension of his legs, which is why this gadget is called "gadget legs". At least the gadget copter looks okay...

Blundering slapstick, always an important part of the Inspector Gadget franchise.

And the cartoony frame below actually makes me curious to see the gameplay in motion.

I guess I'll give this game a shot. It's nice to see DHX Media doing something new with the Gadget franchise (the in-the-making TV series excluded), and timing-wise this ties in well with the series' 30th anniversary. Which brings me to the next piece of news - the YouTube channel that posted the game's teaser video:

Simply titled "Inspector Gadget", at least in the account name, this is not a fan-made tribute channel as I first suspected when I stumbled upon it. Its banner (above) acknowledges Gadget's recent anniversary with "INSPECTOR GADGET - Celebrating 30 Years", whereas the beginning of the info section reads, "Welcome to the OFFICIAL Inspector Gadget Channel". DHX has actually given Gadget his own channel.

Furthermore, when checking out one of the channel's videos, I quickly discovered the link to the official Facebook page. In fact, if you try typing the url "", you will now be redirected to this Facebook Page. As we can see below, it shares the YouTube channel's logos and banner tagline, and its info section reads (direct quote): "H!i Welcome to my official Facebook page. Penny and Brain got me this for my 30th Birthday." Yeaahhhh... this Facebook page is apparently run by Inspector Gadget himself. How... amusing.

Both the YouTube channel and Facebook page have been online since September 27, so it appears that DHX is doing a concentrated effort to create more online awareness of Gadget (and using the 30th anniversary as a springboard for that). This is a great initiative, of course, but I'm a little confused as to whom they're targeting. So far, the Facebook site and YouTube channel consist mostly of short clips and screenshots from classic episodes, many of them accompanied by Gadget's "personal" comments. I guess this might be mildly entertaining for kids. However, as a 30-year old brand, Inspector Gadget has quite a lot of older fans - and almost nothing currently featured on the Youtube or Facebook sites seems particularly geared towards them. (The YouTube channel has one full episode, and the Facebook page features an ad for the new DVD release of the series, but still.) How about some original production artwork on Facebook? How about some rare videos on YouTube, like for instance high-quality versions of these bumpers? There is so much unrealized potential here...

As of now, I'd say the game teaser is the one somewhat interesting thing to be seen on the two sites. But who knows? Maybe that could change with time. Come to think of it, maybe these official outlets for Gadget could even become the first places to feature trailers and previews of the upcoming CGI TV series.

UPDATE (October 19, 2013): The game, entitled "Inspector Gadget M.A.D. Grab", was finally released to iTunes on October 18, after a four-day delay from the date announced in the teaser video (a new video has been added to the YouTube channel to mark the launch). The game is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is currently available for free, so GRAB it while you can!


  1. That's pretty neat! Looking at the Facebook page, it appears the new DVD sets might not use the Bohbot prints that were used on previous DVD releases. I could tell because the Bohbot versions of "Monster Lake," "Down on the Farm," "Gadget at the Circus," "The Boat" and "The Haunted Castle" are time-compressed, while the clips of those episodes on the page are not. The Bohbot prints also add the episode's title to the opening scene (usually in white or red all-caps lettering), and also cut the original Gadget "dotting the i" DiC logo, typically ending with the 2001 DiC logo (or in some cases the 1990 DiC "Kid in Bed" logo), the original LBS logo, and then a Bohbot Entertainment logo. I also recall "King Wrong" and "Did You Myth Me?" being time-compressed as well.
    The Bohbot prints were used for previous DVD releases in most cases, and are also used for the show's official uploads on Hulu and

  2. Hey There
    We found your blog and love it. I'm the social media director for Dhx Media. First off thanks for posting about Gadget. We hear you about posting more unseen Gadget material. We're currently working on it and will be debuting more exclusive gadget content soon. Also thanks for creating this blog!

    The Inspector Gadget Team.

    1. Hello to you, and thanks for those great compliments! The 'exclusive content' you mentions sounds intriguing; I'll be keeping an eye out for it on Facebook. :) Have to say I'm surpriced to actually hear from "The Inspector Gadget Team" - might this be the same team that is working on the new TV series, I wonder?... :)

      By the way, if you guys ever do a special edition DVD or Blu-ray of the original series (perhaps for release in Canada?), I'd be happy to help with suggestions and/or stuff from my personal collection. I have a few ideas which I think can result in a more complete collection than the current "Megaset" from Cinedigm (for instance, that set only included one version of the pilot episode, while several different versions are in existence).

      Thanks for commenting!

    2. I think it goes without saying that we're all still waiting patiently for your review of the Tele 80 soundtrack release Mesterius. Not to mention the Megaset DVD that came out a few months back. Got any updates for us? :)

    3. The CD review finally got posted about a week and a half ago. Sorry for all the waiting... I hope you enjoy it even though it's three months overdue.

      As for the Megaset: I did buy it, and I might do a review of it... though delving into that requires more time than I have on my hands right at the moment. I'll just have to see what happens with that. The set has a few things going for it, but also a lot of problems...

  3. Hey Mesterius,
    Anything new to report?

    1. Yes - finally! :) Check yesterday's post about the new synopsis for the reboot.