The Top 7... Classic books that would make amazing games

Let no one say we don't love the written word. Besides using it to communicate with you lot on a fairly regular basis, we recently rescued seven worthy tomes from irrelevance by pointing out that they'd had games based on them. But did you know there are literally dozens of books out there? It's true! And due to their reliance on archaic, printed-letters-based technology, those things just aren't getting much attention. For shame!

Dante's Inferno has taught us, however, that basing a game on a book is one way to get a few eyes on the original text. In that spirit, we present seven more timeless works of classic literature that might get the attention they deserve, if only they'd add a “Press Start” prompt at the title page.

7. Pride and Prejudice

What's the story? You know in sitcoms where a man and a woman will have an argument about how he's so rude and she's such a princess, and they'll storm off, and everyone who has ever seen TV knows that the next shot is required by law to depict the pair kissing passionately? Pride and Prejudice is that scene, stretched to nearly 500 pages, with a much more expensive wardrobe.

How might the game look? It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a way to get his girlfriend into videogames. He could do much worse than to sit her down with a lushly-realized social-niceties sim bearing the Pride and Prejudice license. Six months down the line, his perseverance would be rewarded with some zombie DLC. Sorry, those duds just won't do.

Until then... The P&P game would basically be an Animal Crossing-style “doing favors and making friends” quest, only everyone would be dressed real respectable-like. So, um, play Animal Crossing and do your damnedest to outfit all the little beasts as proper as you please.

6. Watership Down

What's the story? A group of refugees are convinced via psychic premonition that their homeland is in danger. They venture off on a pilgrimage to find a new home. Along the way they avoid capture in a prison colony, flee a militaristic regime, and free female captives from an oppressive dictatorship. Also the characters are all adorable bunny rabbits.

How might the game look? A hyper-violent battlefield nightmare; for the trailer, the Requiem for a Dream theme should probably just be licensed before concept art has even been sketched. Wave upon wave of savage dogs, murderous soldier-bunnies and fundamentalist grunts must be dispatched in an orgy of disturbingly adorable violence that would make Bloody Roar look like Pokemon Blue.

Until then... Watership Down wouldn't technically play much different to Warriors of Fate or Castle Crashers. So if you want to just watch a montage of the terrifying animated movie's most violent moments then pretend that that's what Golden Axe is, you wouldn't be too far from the mark.


  • Reebokanonymous - May 15, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    I've always thought "The Most Dangerous Game" would be an amazing video gaming experience. It's a short story, but I have this idea that they could make a game that lasts about five hours, but just put it in another game as an interactive storytelling sequence within the regular game.
  • sharker - April 8, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Maybe "1984"?
  • CiaranW - April 8, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    The Hunger Games Would Be A Really Goood Game Aswell
  • ryno - April 7, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    i would make watership down an open world style game with randomly appearing enemies
  • SeriousSean - April 7, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    Someone needs to steal the premise behind Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light for a game. In an undisclosed amount of time in the future on a colonized world the officers of the colony ship used technology to set themselves up as gods of the Hindu pantheon and they lord over all the colonists.
  • Kaz993 - April 7, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    oh. I thought this would be a serious article for us gentlemen, and not this posh.
  • Zeipher - April 7, 2010 3:23 a.m.

    Sorry for the dub-post, but I agree BIGTIME with the supporters of Ender's Game and The Road. Those would make amazing games.
  • Zeipher - April 7, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    After reading "Jane Austen", I was afraid where this list would go. An adventure game based on a Jack London book would be pretty badass. @snothammer: I actually don't think any of Rand's books could be a successful game. Movies, yes. Games, no. "In this epic sim, you play a egoist architect struggling to survive in a selfless world!" No thanks. (Top 5 Realistically Useless Weapons in Gaming:
  • AggressiveMold - April 7, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    Paradise Lost. I can't think of a game where you actually PLAYED AS SATAN.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 7, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    What about alice in wonder.... Oh yeahz :D
  • TyeTheCzar - April 6, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Baccano!, the novel-turned-anime(you can watch the whole series on Youtube for free) would make a great setting for a Heavy Rain-style adventure game. You've got the nutty thief couple, the cowardly gangster, the mindless assassins, all set before, after, and during a gruesome train incident.
  • TURbo - April 6, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I want Medea to be a book.
  • DoctorMcNinja - April 6, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Ender's Game. How you you forget? A battle room game would be amazing. And the end of the book, when Ender controls an entire army... It's like the book was made to be an amazing game.
  • Hinro - April 6, 2010 8 p.m.

    What about the Odyssey or the Iliad. You can't beat an actual classic book.
  • Mitchy13LAMF - April 6, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    oh lord of the be intresting for a level when they knock down a huge rock on piggy!!!!!!!
  • mattvader243 - April 6, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    ENDERS GAME!!!!!!!!!
  • jdrosenfeld - April 6, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    Nice work with the Capa image.
  • euqubud - April 6, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Of Mice and Men! Think of the quicktime events. Press X to tag Lenny in the back of the head!
  • GameManiac - April 6, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    Thank god that the Twilight series isn't mentioned here. But I shouldn't be surprised since it's not nowhere NEAR old enough to be a classic. What about "Of Mice and Man"?
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