You could almost be forgiven for thinking that video games based on books don’t exist.
Perhaps films, maybe. Even maybe a TV series or two. But books? Surely not! But you’d be wrong. In fact, there’s more games based on books than you’d think. Here are just eight of them.
Visceral Games’ 2010 epic battle through hell is actually based on the famous 14th century poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The first canticle of the poem is ‘Inferno’, hence Dante’s Inferno.
PS1 horror classic Parasite Eve is a video game sequel to the book Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. Published in Japan in 1995, it went to be adapted into a film and a manga series, and later was translated for the western market and published in America in 2005.
American McGee’s Alice
Lewis Carroll’s psychedelic children’s novel has been the setting and inspiration for several video games based on books, alongside many movies and cartoons. One notable game is American McGee’s Alice, which is set six years after the events of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with an older – and darker – version of Alice. The game was published in 2000, and available on PC. A sequel, Alice: Madness Returns was released in 2011 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Terry Pratchett’s popular sci-fi Discworld series was turned into a 1995 game of the same title. Discworld was a point and click puzzler, following the wizard Rincewind on a zany adventure. The game was originally released on PC, and later on PS1 and Sega Saturn.
Before it was the 1992 adventure game, Dune was originally a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert. The game was developed by Cryo Interactive and published by Virgin, and was available on DOS, Amiga and Sega-CD.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous 19th century detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Watson have been the subject of many video games based on books. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, released in 2014, is just one of these. Like many Sherlock Holmes spin-offs through the years, the story is original, but uses Conan Doyle’s famous characters.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
George R R Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is world renowned, largely in thanks to the HBO series Game of Thrones which is based on the novels. Several games have been made on the series so far – with undoubtedly more on the way. The Telltale Games episodic series Game of Thrones is perhaps most notable, along with the 2012 action strategy game of the same name, developed by Cyanide and published by Atlus.
The 2010 horror FPS Metro 2033 is based on the Russian novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky. Developed by 4A Games, it’s spawned two sequels: Metro: Last Light, and Metro Exodus, releasing this week.