Like so many things in Hollywood, the release of the Family Guy mobile game — Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff — was heralded by a star-studded launch party that brought out such cast members as Alex Borstein (who does the voice of Lois Griffin), Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson), Phil LaMarr (Ollie Williams), Kevin Michael Richardson (Jerome), and Gary Cole (Principal Shepherd).
So we took this opportunity to talk to them about this iOS and Android game, as well as their gaming habits.
TabTimes Games: How does the game’s script compare to the ones for the show? Was it naughtier? Tamer?
Alex Borstein: Y’know, we’ve been able to do more and more on Fox as the show has been more successful. They just bleep us. And this goes as far as the show does.
Kevin Michael Richardson: Yeah, I think they just went for it [laughs]. I don’t think they dialed back anything.
Phil LaMarr: One line is one line, Paul. That’s my job on the show. I have a 30 second work day. I’ll come in and chat with Seth, and then do my one line. “IT’S RAINING SIDEWAYS!” “Okay, let’s try one more, angrier.” And I say it again. So the difference between the game and the show? Negligible.
Gary Cole: I actually don’t know if I’m in the game. And if I am, it’s because they extracted something from one of the episodes. I didn’t go and record anything specifically for the game. Unless I was unconscious when I did it. Though what’s funny is that the first voice I ever did was for Family Guy. But it led me to do things like Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law [and Archer, Kim Possible, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Bob’s Burgers, The Penguins of Madagascar, Pound Puppies, Batman: The Red Hood, Justice League, King of the Hill, and Batman Beyond.]
Patrick Warburton: I actually haven’t seen the game yet, so I don’t know. Tonight will be the first time I’ve seen it.
Do you think the story in the game could work as an episode?
Alex Borstein: In a different way, yeah. In a TV show, you have an A story and a B story and a C story, and they’re running at the same time. But in a game, you have an A story, and everything is working collectively towards resolving that A story. So it could work as a piece of an episode.
Phil LaMarr: I bet they could make it work. It’s a very different format, but yeah, I don’t see why not.
Do you play games on a tablet?
Kevin Michael Richardson: I do. I like Angry Birds, I like racing games, flying simulators, a little Black Jack. I play a little of everything.
Patrick Warburton: I play a scramble game…when I can. I have four gamers at home.
Phil LaMarr: I’m playing Injustice. I’m playing a little Temple Run. And I mean “a little.” I play for twenty-five seconds at a time before I die. And I’m looking for a good baseball game. There’s one that’s halfway decent, Nine Innings.
Alex Borstein: My kid is obsessed with games. Right now he’s into some motocross game on the iPad, which is probably really inappropriate for him. I play this kangaroo game and something called Smash It. I don’t know the names of any of them, he calls it “Smash It.” And my little, little one plays baby games like Peek-A-Boo and Wheels on the Bus. I kick ass at Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Gary Cole: I don’t play games. I’m a total non video app person. The generation is cut, and I’m tail lights.
So where are you most likely to play Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff: while driving, during a movie, or when you’re supposed to be doing an interview with some idiot from a video game website?
Alex Borstein: Yeah, I will play while I drive. And I’ll be intoxicated. That’s not safe, what kind of question is that, Paul? I will not play while I drive! Y’know, I do most of my gaming while I’m on the toilet. Like most Americans. I’ll admit it. I tweet, I text, and I play games while I’m on the toilet.
Kevin Michael Richardson: I’ll play it whenever I can. When I get home from work, I love to take a break, and I love my games. So, most likely, I will be chilling in my office, playing on my iPad.
Patrick Warburton: I play these games all the time when I’m at the Family Guy offices, waiting to record my lines.
Phil LaMarr: Yeah, I’ll most likely play it when I’m sitting in the Family Guy offices. Waiting to record my one line.