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Favourite videogame adaptations of books

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:25 am

There must be some favourites out there.
Personally I used to like the old Fighting Fantasy games on the Spectrum
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Post by thingonaspring » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:30 am

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!
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Post by The Laird » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:32 am

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.

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Post by Sel Feena » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:54 am

Another shout for Discworld, thought they captured the spirit of the books wonderfully
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Post by The Laird » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:37 am

Sel Feena wrote:Another shout for Discworld, thought they captured the spirit of the books wonderfully
Yep, really enjoyed it on the Saturn

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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:06 pm

Dracula by crl was pretty intense.
Also adrian mole by mosaic (natch)
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Post by RodimusPrime » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:17 pm

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.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:20 pm

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.
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Post by kiwimike » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:54 pm

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 :)

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Post by Ferret Oxide » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:58 am

Spec Ops: The Line is a great adaptation of Heart of Darkness. Sure, the serting is changed, but the concept remains the same.

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Post by ncf1 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:33 pm

I really liked what Douglas Adams did with Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. It brought the book to life in a different way.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:18 pm

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
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Post by SpecChum81 » Thu May 25, 2017 4:52 pm

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
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Post by The Laird » Thu May 25, 2017 6:15 pm

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

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Post by The Hardest of All Freds » Fri May 26, 2017 5:58 am

Starship Titanic I enjoyed very much. Not sure if the game came before the book though...
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