15 Ignored Games Based On Popular Movies

15 Ignored Games Based On Popular Movies ...

Although video games based on films have had a terrible (and not entirely unjustified) reputation for years, the reality of the matter is that many of them are actually quite good. At the very least, most of them are noteworthy. After all, notoriety is the advantage you gain when you adapt a famous property. Every now and again, a game based on a popular film slips through the cracks.

Granted, most of the games you probably never heard of are as obscure as they are due to theywellsuck. Nonetheless, a few of the games deserve more recognition than they currently enjoy. Some of the games are simply superior to the ones they are paid for. Others are so fundamentally strange that they shouldn't even be mentioned as oddities.

Just keep in mind that I'm not including fan-made browser games or other similar titles in this article. Rather, these games were released through some kind of retail release that makes their often-forgotten existence even more confusing.

15.Fight Club

Given that Fight Club is one of the most misinterpreted popular cultural works in the last 25 years, it should not come as a surprise that somebody decided to turn the popular documentary about toxic masculinity and consumerism (among other things) into a video game. Yet, there's something about this game that's truly extraordinary.

The 2004 Fight Club video game is a fairly standard 3D fighter, but the games utter disregard for any of the movies themes or social commentary is something to behold. Not only is the game's story mode a great match between Limp Bizkits Fred Durst and former president Abraham Lincoln, but the games roster of unlockable fighters is also impressive.

14.Big Trouble in Little China

Speaking of widely misinterpreted films, here's why.

Big Trouble in Little China was undoubtedly appreciated in its time, as it did too many great John Carpenter films. The main point of the film, that Kurt Russels plays a bumbling jerk who thinks he is a white hero, went over a lot of people's heads at the time of the release of the film in 1986.

This 1986 adaptation (which was released for the Commodore 64 and other platforms) neglects to highlight the features that made the film special. Its a fairly standard side-scrolling action game highlighted by the ability to choose between multiple characters and the fact that you alternately move left to left rather than left to right.

13.The Great Escape

The Great Escape, shot in 1963, is by far one of the finest war films ever made. It's not necessarily the first film you'll think of when thinking of games, but when viewed in that context, it's easy to see the potential for that concept.

Thankfully, this game does a decent job of utilizing its potential. I dont know why someone approved a 40-year-old adaptation of The Great Escape, but I do know that it does a decent job of using stealth and subterfuge to recreate some of the film's greatest sequences. It's not perfect, but it was better than it was intended to be.

12.Blues Brothers 2000

Blues Brothers 2000 is an unimaginably terrible film from 1998. It may just be the worst movie sequel ever made. While it's generally difficult to believe that anyone would want to make Blues Brothers 2000 a video game, it's especially hard to believe that someone released the video game two years after that film's widely-panned release.

Blues Brothers 2000 is a fairly standard N64 3D platformer that tries to justify the use of a license in a number of ways. The really strange thing about this game is that it isn't nearly as bad as you'd expect.

11.Rocky Interactive Horror Show

The first game based on The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released in 1985. However, that game was based on the stage musical of the same name rather than the movie adaptation. As such, this entry is reserved for 1999's Rocky Interactive Horror Show, which, strangely enough, is a sort of an adventure game reimagining of that 1985 title.

Even by Rocky Horror standards, the 1999 adventure game is quite bizarre. Its a recreation of Maniac Mansion, but with even more outlandish humor, even more difficult puzzles, and even more scenes of Christopher Lee dryly explaining how to do the Time Warp dance. Actually, that last part might be the game's whole existence.


While there are many aspects of the 1995 film Braveheart that have aged unquestionably, it must be said that the potential for it to be turned into a fairly excellent video game is certainly there. With this 1999 adaptation, Red Lemon Studios at least attempted to make Braveheart a massive strategy game.

The game itself is a disaster. Even if you are willing to look beyond its numerous technical shortcomings, it soon becomes evident that the creators simply werent capable of transforming a game that was huge and so mechanically complex into something enjoyable to play.

9.The Fifth Element

Another fantastic video game I could have created with The Fifth Element. It is stuffed with interesting environments, colorful characters, and even some amazing weapons. Many modern designers could take that movie and make it something enjoyable.

This 1998 PS1 video game demonstrates that the 3D action genre did not really establish itself until the sixth generation of gaming. This games designers clearly attempted to make their best Fifth Element video game concepts come to life, but the PS1's technical limitations (and this games terrible controls) make it virtually inaccessible today.

8.The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the few horror games that existed in the 1970s and 1980s that were eventually turned into Atari games. It's a shame, nonetheless, that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre holds a special place in my heart. Not only was it one of the few horror games available for a popular platform in 1982, but it allows you to control Leatherface and hunt down victims rather than try to stop the slasher.

To be clear, this game is unimaginably bad and virtually irredeemable from any critical standpoint. However, it deserves credit for presenting a bold and terrifying vision for the future of horror games at a time when most stores refused to offer such games out of principle.

7.Mission Impossible

The strangest thing about this game, unlike other games on this list, isn't the fact it exists. No, the strangest thing about this game is the fact that so few people remember it or even knew it existed in the first place.

The 1998 N64 game, which was composed solely of the 1996 film of the same name, isn't nearly as good as GoldenEye 007 or Metal Gear Solid, but it merited some consideration as to what the Hitman series would eventually become.


Although there were actually quite a few games based on Disney films released during the 1990s, most of them were actually quite good. Fantasia was a fascinating exception to both of those rules.

This 1991 Sega Genesis exclusive lacks the charm, visual flair, and tight gameplay that boosted so many other Disney titles of the time, and it proves it. The music in this game sounds like a depressed fart, the animation is a masterclass in how to terminate a cartoonist for all the wrong reasons.

5.From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn, it's always a little disappointing to learn that a game based on it was released in 1996. After all, if there had been a game based on that movie that was anywhere near as good as it could be, you'd have probably heard about it by now. The fact you havent must mean that it was pretty terrible.

Yet, pretty bad is just about the most generous way you could think of to describe this game. Its true that there is a special kind of so terrible, its good quality to this games dialog and acting, but it's kind of difficult to enjoy all of that on any level when you have to deal with some particularly unpleasant early 2000s FPS gameplay.

4.Reservoir Dogs

It's a double feature by Quentin Tarintino!

In the mid-2000s, developers were attempting to smuggle their money into whatever violent properties they could find in order to exploit the Grand Theft Autos success. It's also the time that gave us these games based on The Godfather and Scarface, and it's also the time that gave us this ludicrous attempt to transform Reservoir Dogs into a Max Payne-like third-person action game.

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Although this game isnt nearly as terrible as it might have been (which is a compliment, anyway), it is ultimately a particularly forgettable action game released at the arguable height of particularly forgettable action games. Rather, this game serves best as a collection of many of the bad and half-hearted gameplay, writing, and design ideas that were popular at the time.


There are few gaming history that are more depressing than the time when certain Atari developers sought to sell porn games to the pre-internet era's poor people. It's just that the Atari was barely capable of rendering dots, much less a human form, worthy of a pornographic experience.

When it comes to Frogger-like action sequences, it's sending you to the girls' shower room so that you can retrieve the components needed to construct a bomb. Like the move it's based on, this game is an inhumane relic of a time when a little bit of nudity could help justify a lot of terrible decisions. Fortunately, this game vanished before it could do more damage.

2.Little Nicky

Little Nicky is a strange entry into Adam Sandler's career. After a string of excellent comedies, Sandler sold a film about the devil's son trying to avoid his brothers taking over Earth. Its one of those things that people immediately wanted to forget. So, someone made a video game about it.

This 2000 Game Boy Color game deserves credit where credit is due. It's a painfully generic platformer that features some pretty good graphics and a bizarre opening sequence in which a guy spying on an undressing lady gets killed by a kid with a slingshot. It's a wild ride.

1.Beverly Hills Cop

Jeff Gerstmann once referred to this Beverly Hills Cop video game as the "Oppression of Video Games." That's obviously harsh, but it does a decent job of getting to the heart of what may be the worst video game ever made.

Axel Foley plays what appears to be a giant bald white guy (his form and skin tone often change due to various technical difficulties) in this Beverly Hills Cop adaptation. Was Eddie Murphy really upset that they envisioned a character that did not look like Eddie Murphy?

Even if Eddie Murphy and all the humor that comes with him, this game would still be in the running for that aforementioned worst game ever award. They'll have to deal with this titles abysmal hit detection, unsettling sound design, and bleak visuals without having the benefit of being able to defeat this gigantic creature in less than an hour.