Adaptations of movies in the video game realm has been around since the days of Atari (E.T., GhostBusters, etc.) and as is the case with most movie video games AND video game movies (see the featured picture)…they mostly suck (with the exception of MOST of the 007 games).
Since I’m familiar with video games AND movies, I was shocked to learn that there happens to be video games that are based on movies that…I never knew existed.
Here are five games I never thought existed. Note: These are REAL games. As in…REAL GAMES THAT I HAVE NOT MADE UP!
Does this make you randy, baby? That’s right! There have been two video games based on the hit smash movie franchise. Let’s start with the two GameBoy Color games called “Oh, Behave!” and “Welcome to My Secret Underground Lair”. This game is the Austin Powers’ take on something like WarioWare before WarioWare was WarioWare…but I say that because, well, it looks like WarioWare was a WAY better video game. I say that it’s kind of like WarioWare because they both feature the antagonist and not the protagonist. Also, the game consists of every mini-game imaginable. RPS? Check. Motor bike racing? Check. PACMAN!? THEY COPIED PACMAN! Next!
Oh…the non-portable game that Austin Powers’ franchise has? Austin Powers’ Pinball for PlayStation. Yup. Austin Powers’ Pinball. It was among the phase of video games where everyone thought that the coolest way to have their game was to have it in…pinball form. This featured two “levels”, each featuring the two movies that were out at that time, and honestly, I don’t care to play either of them.
Bill and Ted:
When I saw that Bill and Ted had a video game out at one time, I was quite ecstatic. B&TEA will live down as one of those campy, funny and bad movies. I will feel bad for laughing at the inaccuracies in the movie about fictional people picking up real life people in time and will probably leave little to live by, by laughing at such things but…their video game HAS to be good…right?
It’s off to a good start, the 1990 game started on the Commodore 64 (really neat-o). Yaaaay…? However, it did so good that one year that Bill and Ted made their way on to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Looking at this game on the YouTubes, one thing is perfectly clear: For its time, this was a pretty looking game…but looks…boring. Also…the jumping in a place that’s not associated with a path (like grass) hurts. There’s a reason why I didn’t want to play this game as a younger self…my older self, somehow, traveled from the future to warn me about this game…and then yelled “WYLD STALLYONS!” before kicking me in my still developing nads.
Charlie/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
Wait…they made a video game of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Why? Wait…they made a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory game? Why?!
But the fact that in the 1980’s (when the first game came out) sounded like it looked like crap so that would mean that Willy Wonka, the Johnny Depp adaptation, on the Wii should be, you know, better right? G4 gave it a 1 out of 5. Just saying.
Not every game adaptations that I don’t know about looks bad.
The Thing looks like, with the exception of 007: GoldenEye, one of the better games. The Thing is a sci-fi thriller and the game captures that perfectly. The look of this game looks awesome and, honestly, if someone can find me a nice price for it, I will play it.
(This says the guy who played Ecco the Dolphin for an hour…followed by Ecco the Dolphin: Tides in Time)
I don’t wanna! *slap* I don’t wanna! *slap* I don’t wanna!
That’s right. Bebe’s Kids had a video game. I don’t know why or how I missed this. My brother and I LOVED Bebe’s Kids the movie and I would have LOVED to play the video game adaptation and judge it for myself.
This is the one that started the inner-conversation that I had. I was looking up bad video games, don’t ask why…it’s better that way. Sure enough, Bebe’s Kids was on a list that featured the likes of Superman 64, South Park and Clay Fighter 63 1/3.
Looking at the game play I want to punch things…and, also, I want to know WHY it was feasible to create such a bad game for a movie that, quite honestly, doesn’t need a game made out of it. It’s a cartoon movie! That’s like making a movie of Who Framed Roger Rab…ooooh…shit.
Are there any games I missed? What’s the best/worst video game based off a movie? Leave it in the comments below.