When we think of video games based on popular entertainment, there are certain genres that come to mind. Horror, action, and adventure films and shows tend to make for interesting gaming content, which is why it’s not a surprise to see a game based on, say, James Bond or the latest superhero film. But every now and then a game pops up that’s based on a show or film that might surprise you. Here are five such games, each of which might be an absolute treat to fans of the respective shows and films.
Breaking Bad – The Cost Of Doing Business
We’ll start with arguably the most popular television show of the 21st century, and perhaps the least surprising selection on this list. As much as AMC’s Breaking Bad thrived on suspense and occasionally action, it never really seemed like terrific source material for a video game. Nevertheless, this official game by AMC does a decent job of bringing the show to life through what’s essentially a playable graphic novel. Your job is to control Aaron Paul’s beloved character, Jesse Pinkman, as you navigate a treacherous criminal underworld. It’s not the most polished game, but for fans of the show it’s worth checking out.
Rugrats In Paris – The Movie
Released in 2001 for N64, Windows, and PlayStation, Rugrats In Paris – The Movie is a game that basically presented a 3D adventure based on the film of the same name. In the game your job was to play as your favourite Rugrat wandering around Euroreptarland to rescue a princess from the dreaded Robosnail. It’s a pretty great childhood throwback for a lot of people, and you can actually play it at Play Retro Games online (though Chrome is recommended). As for gameplay, it’s vaguely Super Mario 64-esque, though much simpler.
Coronation Street Bingo
This may be the most surprising game on the list, though perhaps the most welcome one for droves of fans in the UK. As many may know, Coronation Street is one of the longest running shows in the world — and yet, even very popular soap operas don’t typically inspire video games. Even so, the long-running show is hosted among Gala’s bingo promotions where the game uses the setting and characters of the show as a backdrop. Effectively a digital bingo room, it includes numerous games based on specific aspects of the series, and occasionally actors from Coronation Street will even participate in live caller bingo events.
This game didn’t do particularly well, but you can still find it at GameHouse, and as with the other titles on this list, you might want to give it a look if you were a fan of the show. The game is based specifically on the U.S. version of the show, as opposed to the UK version with Ricky Gervais, but some of the concepts are similar anyway. Basically it’s a strategy game about surviving the pranks and monotony of office life, and while it’s not the most thrilling gameplay experience it definitely has some cleverness to it.
The Voice: On Stage
The Voice has become one of the more popular performance-based reality competitions out there, and it’s fairly well known that the show incorporates its own app to allow viewers to vote for one singer or another at certain stages. However, a lot of fans may not know about this mobile game from Starmaker Interactive, which effectively seeks to simulate the experience of being on the show. It’s not a game in the traditional sense, but it’s a great tool for anyone with an interest in singing along to popular hits. There are also tools like auto-tune and video filters that allow you to make a professional quality recording or music video.