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Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:25 am
by Darran@Retro Gamer
There must be some favourites out there.
Personally I used to like the old Fighting Fantasy games on the Spectrum

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:30 am
by thingonaspring
Always had a soft spot for The Hobbit. Wasn't a massive fan of text adventure games, being quite young when I played it, but it was one that I did keep going back to.

And the Discworld games, they were pretty good fun and nicely visualised a whole world.

Dune on the Amiga, one of very few games I actually completed when I first had it, rather than when revisiting. Loved that music, too!

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:32 am
by The Laird
The first one that springs to mind is Dracula: The Undead on the Atari Lynx, which was in fact licensed from the Bram Stoker novel rather than the film that came out around the same time.

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:54 am
by Sel Feena
Another shout for Discworld, thought they captured the spirit of the books wonderfully

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:37 am
by The Laird
Sel Feena wrote:Another shout for Discworld, thought they captured the spirit of the books wonderfully
Yep, really enjoyed it on the Saturn

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:06 pm
by jdanddiet
Dracula by crl was pretty intense.
Also adrian mole by mosaic (natch)

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:17 pm
by RodimusPrime
Discworld again.

out of interest do the games on the ps1 use the PS1 mouse.

Also Shadows of the empire. I know it was all done together as a joint venture but the book set the story and created the characters.

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:20 pm
by paranoid marvin
Have to be honest I thought the DW games were pretty poor. Considering the voice talent on offer and the writing material, the puzzles were very difficult , the voice scripts were overly verbose and the game simply wasn't very funny -unlike the books. Now if Ron Gilbert had done it, that may have been really something .

Good topic btw and plenty of good book adaptations out there. The Diary of Adrian Mole (and its sequel) were brilliant multiple choice adventure games by Mosaic, as was Yes PM (although this was closer to the TV adaptation of the book).

The Hobbit stands head and shoulders above any other book conversion. Not only was it an inventive sandbox game, it also allowed you to complete tasks in a similar way to the book, or to choose your own path.

HHGTTG was a brilliant text adventure of an equally brilliant book too.

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:54 pm
by kiwimike
Yeah hard to go past some of the great text adventures based on books. But I suppose the genre lends itself well to book interpretation.

Hobbit is definitely a standout for me. With Hitchhikers, seems to be more based on the radio series rather than book...but there is a couple of text games based on HHGTTG isn't it? That said, I was introduced to the fab TV series first! Then the game, then the radio series then book :)

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:58 am
by Ferret Oxide
Spec Ops: The Line is a great adaptation of Heart of Darkness. Sure, the serting is changed, but the concept remains the same.

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:33 pm
by ncf1
I really liked what Douglas Adams did with Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. It brought the book to life in a different way.

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:18 pm
by paranoid marvin
Taipan on the 128k Speccy was a brilliant interpretation of the novel. Also I need to get round to playing The Rats as it looks superb

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:52 pm
by SpecChum81
The Discworld games are probably my top choices.

They perfectly captured the humour and atmosphere of Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld in general.

Plus having Eric Idle as Rincewind was the perfect casting choice.

Going back a bit further I also really loved

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole
The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 6:15 pm
by The Laird
Just remembered another one - How to Be a Complete Bastard

I got that on a Your Sinclair cover tape and it was absolutely brilliant! :D

Re: Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 5:58 am
by The Hardest of All Freds
Starship Titanic I enjoyed very much. Not sure if the game came before the book though...