8 more classic Universal movies that should be made into games

So, adventure game masters Telltale Games have signed a deal with Universal Pictures which will see them bringing their Monkey Island making skills to both Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. Naturally, this news made all of us - but especially Jurassic Park obsessive Meiks - do a little cry of joy.

But it also made us greedy. There are plenty of other classic, geek-friendly films in Universal's back-catalogue just begging for the adventure game treatment. From comedy to horror, the line-up is bulging with potentially storming Telltale adaptations. So we wrote down a few, and came up with ideas on how they would work. Here are our musings and demands.

Army of Darkness

Snappy one-liners, goofball comedy, slapstick violence. Are we describing the make-up of Telltale Games or Bruce Campbell here? Both, which is why Evil Dead 3 would make for killer adaptation material.

Get Bruce in to voice a new, expanded script, pad out the story around Ash earning the trust of AoD's primitive screwheads, as well as his quest for the Necronomicon, and you've pretty much got the game half-built. Round off with a few of Telltale's trademark action mini-games based around holding off the Deadite siege, and there you have it. Army of Darkness: The Adventure Game. Done.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Bizarre situations, surreal comic dialogue, mis-matched buddies. It's the Bruce Campbell comparison all over again. Let's follow Raul Duke and Dr. Gonzo through those messed up days in Vegas with no greater goal than to survive and try to make some sort of sense of it all.

Puzzles could be compounded by disjointed narrative (which would be ideal for Telltale's traditional episodic structure). Lengthy black-outs would have to be negotiated and their events worked out and dealt with through the surreal evidence at hand. Chemicals would have to be carefully combined and injested in the right order to allow our protagonists to get through their varying trials in a semi-functional state, lest they fail even the simplest of tasks through physical and mental collapse. If ever a property was suited to the adventure game's predilection for turning even the simplest errands into complex and abstract ordeals, it's Fear and Loathing.

Any classic monster movie

Because we need to revisit Universal's classic 1930s horror heyday in a way that doesn't have the word 'Helsing' in the title. Given the less gratuitous tone and the concentration on atmosphere back then, an adventure would be a perfect fit. Dracula would work really well if it followed Renfield's whole journey from England to Transylvania, and then switched perspective to Harker and Van Helsing back in England. But we really want Frankenstein.

The first half of the game should follow Victor Frankenstein as he researches reanimation and experiments with perfecting the process (and after all, every game needs a grave-robbing mini-game, right?), and the second half should concentrate on the creature's journey through the countryside. With multiple endings depending on whether you took a friendly, aggressive or evasive approach to the oppressive locals, it should even be possible to avoid the climactic windmill barbecue altogether and have the creature survive (because his death by angry mob still makes us cry like little girls).

12 Monkeys

More Terry Gilliam, more disjointed surrealism, but once again, the film in question is a perfect fit for an adventure game. You've got a very strange stranger in a strange land as a protagonist (two strange lands in fact, given that he's never sure which time period, if either, is real). You've got a huge mystery which concerns a traditional (ish) detective story, the very nature of the story's settings and the protagonist's own, personal existential breakdown. You've got beautiful, affecting, and often twisted imagery that's perfect for the video game format. And you've got the hilarity of a mental Brad Pitt leaping around and honking like a shit-throwing chimp. This game needs to be made yesterday. No pun or existential time travel confusion intended.


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  • Gurkog - October 8, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    I could swear that alot of the movies mentioned have crappy arcade games made loosely based on them..... but its been so long that I can not remember :P
  • Marvelfan13 - July 15, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Lol at Uncle Buck. That movie was awesome. Weird Science is also really great. I'd love to see an army of darkness game.
  • Perfect_Insanity - June 19, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    V For Vendetta,and EQUILIBRIUM, both would be astounding
  • nadrewod999 - June 13, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    Twelve Monkeys made me go temporarily insane. Spoiler Twister: Bruce Willis sees himself die.
  • lukel127 - June 12, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I aggre with @GREmLiN324
  • CaptainPrice87 - June 12, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Army of Darkness would ftw as a game (Not that it didn't already as a movie).
  • DriveShaft - June 11, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Army of Darkness the game? Better then a boomstick :D
  • TitanofRock21 - June 11, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    I absolutely love fear and loathing! and I say screw the video game unless it can magically give me their wonderful briefcase of goodies. MMMMmmmm good. But Army of darkness would be badass. I also agree that we need a blockbuster budget matrix game because even though the other 2 games sucked i still was able 2 enjoy them. so if they took their time and actually cared then i'm sure it would be glorious!
  • Luc1ferRis1ng - June 11, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Fear And Loathing should NEVER be made into a game! It doesn't need it and it would be shite!
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 11, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Rapidly click to get hand free from between two pillows.
  • philipshaw - June 11, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    You mentioned John Candy so why not have him and Steve Martin’s best film in Trains, Planes and Automobiles
  • reaperman22 - June 11, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    a really good (not just mediocre) matrix game, i mean they are perfect for video game adaption so why do we have to settle for two glitchy and fairly average movie cash ins, oh and i love mmeaden's red dwarf idea
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 11, 2010 8:14 a.m.

    Kesha: Yep, I absolutely knew the origin of the name. But it's the one used in Fear and Loathing (the book and the movie), so logically it would be the one used in the adaptation as well. And Moroz, as for Army of Darkness, there are a few games based loosely around the Evil Dead franchise, but none based directly on AoD. And they're action games rather than point and click adventures. And they're not that good.
  • Doctalen - June 11, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    I love Weird Science, that is one hell of a funny movie, but a video game not really. Maybe it could be a sandbox game.
  • ryno - June 10, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    tremors and jurassic park would be great as first person games like AVP
  • SuperGoomba64 - June 10, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    FUCK YES FEAR AND LOATHING. my favorite movie of all time. It needs to be a game, even though most of it would be spent taking drugs..:O
  • slimjim441 - June 10, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Apocalypse Now Blues Brothers Big Lebowski Kill Bill Dracula, from the 30s (Mad World style) Boondock Saints and of course, Time Bandits Those would be some badass movies.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 10, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Gladiator The Burbs Casino Carlito's Way Scarface The Blues Brothers Inglorious Bastards The Deer Hunter High Plains Drifter The Sting An American WW in London The Last Starfighter The Jackal American Graffiti
  • GREmLiN324 - June 10, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    Clearly a point and click for christopher nolan's memento should be made!
  • Kesha - June 10, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    Good article. By the way Raul Duke was Hunter S. Thompson's fake name he used when checking into hotels and shit.So yea I don't know if you meant to put Raul Duke in the article or you just didn't know.

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