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7 Books That Became Totally Rad Video Games

Movie adaptations of books are not even a dime a dozen—they’re just a dozen. Almost every movie is, in some way, based on literature. Less common is the folkloric video game adaptation. They’ve gone somewhat out of fashion as games have become increasingly expensive to create. But they were the thing to do in the 80s and 90s, and it’s a good thing too. Some wonderful memories for dweebs and dorks of a certain generation come from video game adaptations of equally nerdy novels. Here are seven notable ones!

 

1. Michael Crichton’s Timeline

 

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Before its underwhelming 2003 movie adaptation, Crichton’s time-traveling adventure was made into a PC game. It was developed by Crichton’s own studio, called Timeline Studios, which was dedicated to adapting his novels into video games. Crichton served as the game’s director and even designed parts of it. Unfortunately for all involved, the game tanked. Timeline Studios shut down soon after.

 

2. Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher

 

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This one’s more of an upper. The video game series based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy novels have become smash hits. Not only do they sell well, the franchise is also a favorite among critics. 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is often cited as one of the greatest role-playing games ever, in fact. Because of the video games, Netflix is developing a TV series based on Sapkowski’s novels.

 

3. Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy

 

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It might be a little generous to say Visceral Games’ 2010 is an adaptation of the Divine Comedy, it certainly does pull elements from the first canticle, the Inferno. This game is essentially an attempt to piggyback off the success of the God of War franchise, which pits a Spartan warrior against all of Greek mythology. Dante’s Inferno is bloody, grim, and totally humorless. It’s also kind of fun.

 

4. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather

 

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2006’s The Godfather generated a lot of buzz for a bunch of reasons. First of all, it’s less an adaptation of Puzo’s novel than Francis Ford Coppola’s film, which displeased both the Puzo estate and Coppola. Puzo’s son sued the Paramount over the game’s release, saying his father’s estate was entitled to money, which he won. Coppola also disapproves of the game, straight up saying, “I disapprove.” The game fills in some of the sidestory of the film, and features a lot of the returning cast, including James Caan and Robert Duvall. It was also notable as Marlon Brando’s last acting role before his death, as he recorded dialogue. Unfortunately, Brando was so sick at the time that the dialogue was unusable.

 

5. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

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Beginning as a radioplay, Adams’ Hitchhiker’s series has spawned movies and, yes, a 1984 video game. It’s a text-based adventure game that follows the first book’s story, telling the story of how Arthur Dent meets Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Trillian. Best of all, it’s all text, so it’s basically like reading a book! Actually, that’s not the best thing―the best thing is that you can play it right now for free! Check out this epic here.

 

6. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring

 

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Confusingly, this game was released nine months after Peter Jackson’s first Lord of the Rings movie despite not at all being associated with the movies. Confusing things further is that video game company Electronic Arts went on to release games based on the next two Jackson movies, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. So there are actually three Lord of the Rings games, but the Fellowship of the Ring is a standalone title that has nothing to do with the latter two releases. Copyright law makes sense, etc.

 

7. R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps

 

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The Goosebumps books inspired a whole series of video games, and they’re interesting for a couple of reasons. First off, 1996’s Escape from Horrorland is a proper sequel to One Day at Horrorland, one of the best-known Goosebumps books. It’s kind of forward-thinking of Stine to allow a sequel to one of his most successful books to shift mediums. Secondly, the game featured, like, weirdly A-list actors. Both Isabella Rossellini and Jeff Goldblum lent their voices to the game. Then again, this shouldn’t surprise anybody familiar with Stine’s wiley charms.

 

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