UnTRUE crime podcast and game for kids

LiSTNR has created a binaural and immersive podcast especially for kids called UnTRUE: The Underdogs, launched with an Australian-first companion game on global metaverse platform, Roblox.

UnTRUE is an eight episode crime fiction podcast series that’s both a fun mystery for kids AND a ‘true crime’ comedy for grown-ups. The first season of UnTRUE: The Underdogs – Catch a Cat Burglar is adapted from the children’s graphic novel ‘The Underdogs – Catch a Cat Burglar’ by Kate and Jol Temple and illustrated by Shiloh Gordon.

Temple said:

“LiSTNR have taken our graphic novel series and built an immersive world where families are right in the middle of Dogtown as the action unfolds. UnTRUE is pioneering the kids’ podcast genre in Australia using audio drama techniques and spatial sound design that provides families with an enhanced listening experience as they work together to solve the case.” 

Voices in the cast include The Chaser’s Chris Taylor as Detective Barkley, fellow Chaser Andrew Hansen, and Zehra Naqvi from The Octonauts who voices Dr Spots and Rita Ringus.

Alongside the podcast LiSTNR has re-created Dogtown within Roblox.

LiSTNR Social Media Strategist Digital, Ewan Roxborough said:

“We know kids love Roblox and thought it would be a new and exciting way for fans to explore Dogtown a little more. With familiar locations and characters, players can help the Underdogs find gems hidden by the Cat Burglar and be awarded a virtual Underdogs badge themselves. It is our first foray into Roblox and was tremendously fun to create, collaborating with the show’s writers, designers, voice actors and audio imagers to bring it to life.”

You can find UnTRUE: The Underdogs on LiSTNR, with new episodes released every Wednesday.


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