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Francophone Smurfs to Smurf a Smurf-based Smurfy Smurf in 2024

by W. Eric Martin

Publisher Maestro Media has signed a licensing deal with IMPS/LAFIG, the world license holders for The Smurfs, to release a tabletop game based in their cool blue world in 2024 to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the comic’s debut from cartoonist Peyo. (Technically the Smurfs debuted in 1958, but they were secondary characters in Peyo’s strip Johan et Pirlouit. The Smurfs debuted in standalone stories in 1959.)

That game is currently titled The Smurfs: Hidden Village, and it comes from designers Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, and Théo Rivière — yes, the same team responsible for Dead Cells: The Rogue-Lite Board Game, so a crossover is sure to be in the works, yes?

The Smurfs: Hidden Village is a 1-5 player game for ages 7+, and it’s a co-operative design, which seems appropriate. Here’s a short description:

Players are Smurfs who are tasked with rebuilding the mushroom village from scratch following the evil sorcerer Gargamel’s latest scheme. To succeed, you need to work together as a team, collecting resources, building inventions, and locating missing Smurfs to help rebuild mushroom houses. Each Smurf has a unique set of skills that you must use strategically to outsmart Gargamel and his cat Azrael.

And an excerpt from the press release announcing this game:

“The Smurfs are one of the most recognizable characters in the world with a long history of licensed products, iconic TV shows, films and more,” said Javon Frazier, Founder and CEO of Maestro Media. “To be able to work on a project, especially one as beloved as The Smurfs, and bring a new gaming experience to fruition, is an absolute delight. We cannot wait to work directly with the beloved brand’s millions of fans all over the world, incorporating their ideas and feedback, to create a one-of-a-kind experience the community will love.”

With a history of creating multiple record-breaking campaigns and surpassing over $15 million with previous crowdfunding projects, Maestro Media has become a leader in the tabletop crowdfunding community, and is set to design and execute a fun and interactive campaign that will engage and delight the The Smurfs community worldwide.

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