10 classic films that would be great games


The film: Dali and Bunuel’s 1929 experimental short film explored surrealism’s preoccupation with sex, death and non sequitur juxtaposition. These ideas were perfectly suited to the medium of film, and the experiment was well received by the avant-garde. Somehow, it never quite clicked for mainstream audiences who were preoccupied with bourgeoisie concepts like “plot” and “exposition.”

How to spin it into a game: Push your sanity to the limit with An Andalusian Nintendog, a madness-fueled Jungian reinterpretation of the micro-game genre made exclusively for your DS. Slice eyeballs, crush ants and decompose in real-time as you plunge into the neurotic depths of your fragmented psyche. Ceci n’est pas une jeux!

Above: Insert bad DSiWare pun



The film: A ruthless American oil company hires four down at the heels barflies to drive two trucks full of nitroglycerin over treacherous mountain roads to the site of a massive oil fire. The physical and mental strain of the dangerous job takes its toll on the men; drama ensues.

Above: Will they survive to collect their Wages of Fear?!

How to spin it into a game: Forget racing around some boring ass track for 500 laps, Wages of Fear: Nitro Edition provides seat-of-your-pants driving excitement as you painstakingly navigate your truck across potentially deadly terrain. One false move, and you’ll explode in a fiery ball of death! The nerve-wracking driving portions are broken up with occasional fistfights and exploration segments as you get out of the truck to look for alternate paths around obstacles.

Above: Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder was a near-perfect adaptaion of Wages of Fear


Already tried (but could be much better)


The film: Seven rogue samurai band together to protect a group of helpless farmers from a gang of rogues. Toshiro Mifune turns in the performance of a lifetime in Akira Kurosawa’s poignant, action packed epic. Like many of Kurosawa’s films, Seven Samurai was remade as a Western for American audiences (The Magnificent Seven).

 Above: These samurai are hungry enough to fight in the rain

How to spin it into a game: No hover tanks, no exploding tits, no tacked-on science fiction metaverse where Templars are molesting your nucleotides. Seven Samurai is bad ass enough to just be itself. Our dream game? Seven player co-op as you strategize to defend the village from the bandit assault. Build and deploy traps and fortifications, train and command peasant units, and engage in daring night raids against the enemy forces. In Seven Samurai, there are many possible endings. Bandit tactics vary in response to your actions so it never plays the same way twice. How many samurai will survive? How many villagers can you save? Stealth, pitched battles, tactical decision making… Seven Samurai has all the trappings of an amazing action/strategy hybrid. Why would anyone pay for this amazing license and use it to crap out Seven Samurai 20XX, a lifeless Dynasty Warriors clone?

Above: No. Just, no

Above: Keepin’ it real

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  • Monty151 - April 18, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    It seems that every time i read a new book or watch a new movie, gr puts it into their articles... lol
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 18, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    I have wanted a game based around Apocalypse Now for ages, I would kill for a decent game adaptation... The eerie jungles, mental instability, and of course the killer soundtrack. This must be done... SO sick of games set in WWII Germany and the middle east... bleghhh...
  • StoveToTheFace - April 17, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    lol those would make the worst games ever..
  • crumbdunky - April 17, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    I believe I might well have said a few of these(Hitchcock and Apocalypse Now for starters)in the Books to Film article's comments the other week! Sneaky cribbers GR! Who else have you been slipping ideas away from, mmm? Anyway, good article and there's a lot of sense, oddly, in some of the ideas for making the shift gamewards too. That said, I STILL think my idea for a game based on The Idiot would be superior to any film adaptations! It would be the most niche game ever made(with, like, me as the market)but I'd be happy.
  • ChillyGroundfly - April 16, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    Great article. Personally, I'd go further into debt to fund "Shoot the Piano Player" as an FPS or "Bicycle Thieves" as a sandbox-style title. How about "Rules of the Game" on the DS? Think Wario Ware: "Tap A to critique the bourgeoisie of pre-war France!" . . . maybe not.
  • barrage7667 - April 16, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    i mean SPARTACUS THE GAME!!! wow fail
  • barrage7667 - April 16, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    nah man... SPARTACUS THE MOVIE!!!
  • frmonth - April 16, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    Oh and btw I would only trust rockstar with making a le dolce vita game, I think they would be able to craft the enviroment really well.
  • frmonth - April 16, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    I would wait to the next generation of consoles or until graphics improve significantly before attempting to make a seven samurai game because the visuals are just so amazing at the end with the struggle in the rain. You would have to be able to pull it off amazingly to do the original any justice.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - April 16, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    <3 battle royale - that would be awesome online with a bunch of other people forming/breaking alliances and fighting to survive =D
  • Tomsta666 - April 16, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Barberella could make a decent game :D What about Battle Royale? The premise of that film could translate into a pretty good game. What do you think?
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - April 16, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    re: Seven Samurai - one of my all-time faves too. mifune is fucking amazing. 20XX made me weep like baby jesus. re: jeux - well, since they are micro GAMES use of the plural is acceptable re: Akira - yeah, there are already two "Akira" games, i linked to gameplay footage of each. my point is that an Akira game should look more like the NeoTokyo screens. on they namecheck both Akira and Ghost in the Shell as inspirations. re: Barbarella as Bayonetta - great idea! that would be smokin' re: Rebel Without a Cause - also a great idea! switchblade fight FTW re: dinosaur extinction - i dunno, someone must have edited the wikipedia page between when i looked and when you looked? i'm pretty sure it said 1915.
  • durpdeedur - April 16, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    Too bad Neotokyo is terrible. A bad CS:S rip-off that would only please fans of Ghost in the Shell. It has very little to do with Akira if I remember correctly.
  • philipshaw - April 16, 2010 1:02 p.m.

    Interesting article and a Akira game would be good
  • drewbian - April 16, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    nice article guys
  • Clovin64 - April 16, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    I havent seen any of these movies yet. Now I feel like I've wasted my life watching crappy modern movies (Boo!)
  • Kipper - April 16, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    @ JoeM : Ghost in the Shell games already came out on PS1 and PS2.
  • jmcgrotty - April 16, 2010 7:13 a.m.

    The most obvious (maybe too obvious) would be making a GTA-style Rebel Without A Cause. Fighting, racing, moral decisions and the second-hottest Nat ever.
  • McSpermie - April 16, 2010 4:50 a.m.

    A little off topic, but you have great taste in movies
  • JoeMasturbaby - April 16, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    Akira and Ghost in the Shell would be amazing games.

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