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Games based on books?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:41 am

Reading the Hunchback article in RG issue 151, there's a panel on other games based on books. From that article we have:

Dracula (Spectrum/C64/CPC1986)
Hunchback (Most 8 bit home computers, 1984)
Tom Sawyer (NES, 1989)
Treasure Island (Spectrum/C64/C+4, 1984)
War of the Worlds (Arcade, 1982)
The Wizard of Oz (Unknown, 1985)

I can also think of these:
The Colour of Magic (Spectrum/C64/CPC, 1986)
Discworld (PC/Mac/PS1/Saturn, 1995)
Discworld II (PC/PS1/Saturn, 1996)
Discworld Noir (PC/PS1, 1999)
Frankenstein (Spectrum/C64/CPC, 1987)
The Hobbit (Spectrum/C64/CPC/Oric, 1982)
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Spectrum/C64/BBC/CPC, 1986)
Shadows of Mordor (Spectrum/C64/CPC, 1987)
Treasure Island (Spectrum/C64/CPC, 1991)
War in Middle Earth (Spectrum/C64/CPC/MSX, 1989)

That's quite a few off the top of my head. I'd never really considered just how many there were, is it almost as prolific as movie licensing? What can we add to this list?
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Post by theantmeister » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:44 am

Was Little Nemo on the NES based off the book or the movie? (nothing to do with Moby censored, of course)

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Post by Sel Feena » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:51 am

There's a Dune strategy game, isn't there?
There's also a bunch of Bible inspired games by Wisdom Tree, AVGN did a video on them
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Post by DPrinny » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:54 am

Never ending story?

Is hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy based on the book?

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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:41 am

theantmeister wrote:Was Little Nemo on the NES based off the book or the movie? (nothing to do with Moby censored, of course)

LOL Moby censored.
Little Nemo was a comic... Think the NES game might've been based on the 1989 movie version. All three of those things are great :D
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Post by joefish » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:51 am

Quite a slant towards adventure games. Though some strategy.

I seem to remember one based on Jeffrey Archer's Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less.
And James Herbert's The Rats.

A few multi-choice adventure books got simple game versions - Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos, Forest of Doom and three of the Lone Wolf series.

Peter Pan, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World.

Probably lots more if you allow a book - to - film - to - game connection, and likely a bit more action to be found as well.

And then there's the games that came with background novels like Elite, or had them written later, like the Myst series (The Myst Reader is actually a really good collection of three stories that link the characters and civilisations of the games).

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:12 am

joefish wrote:Probably lots more if you allow a book - to - film - to - game connection, and likely a bit more action to be found as well.

And then there's the games that came with background novels like Elite, or had them written later, like the Myst series (The Myst Reader is actually a really good collection of three stories that link the characters and civilisations of the games).
I was trying not to include games where the license was for the film rather than the book (a bit like the Speccy Blade Runner & War of the Worlds games were based on the records).

I don't think we'd want to include games that came with books not prior released, or that had books written later, since that's fairly common, especially in later years where we have whole series of books written for stuff like Halo. In those cases the games inspired the books rather than vice versa.
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Post by learnedrobb » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:17 am

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

There was a Speccy game released back in 1984, then a "new" version was released in 2009 for the DS, and 2010 for iOS and Android.
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Post by aztecca » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:35 am

There was a game on the original xbox (ntsc) called the Bible game.
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Post by necronom » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:21 pm

There were two Adrian Mole games for the C64 and Spectrum (possibly others).
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Post by RodimusPrime » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:30 pm

Would Dantes Inferno count?

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Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:08 pm

necronom wrote:There were two Adrian Mole games for the C64 and Spectrum (possibly others).
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Post by Sureshot » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:11 pm

Lots of Tom Clancy games, eg. The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, SSN, etc.

Rainbow Six is actually an interesting case - they discovered Tom was writing Rainbow Six and decided to base the game off that (and changed the name). However, they actually ended up finishing it before the book was done, so the plots aren't quite the same.

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Post by The Laird » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:42 pm

Dracula: The Undead on the Atari Lynx

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Post by outdated_gamer » Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:11 pm

Turok was based upon a comic, a rather rad theme (native American hunting dinosaurs) that sadly didn't get the kind of treatment in modern times it would deserve (could have been spectacular on the CryEngine). Also, Heavy Metal FAKK2, a bit forgotten PC-only 3rd person action game. And Doom was inspired after Lobo.

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