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The Top 7... movie games that don't suck

By now, you know the spiel: most Hollywood executives see movie-based games as nothing more than merchandising, no different from action figures and themed socks. Therefore, they could not give a rat's ass about quality, so long as the game sells. And therefore, most movie games are crap. And blah, blah, blah.

We're not here to debate the reasons why 95% of movie games are miserable turds. We like to focus on the positive. And we know that for every 20 or so Rambos or E.T.s or Enter the Matrixes, there's a game released alongside a film that absolutely nailed its source material. So we're going to look at the successes, the games that failed to be horrible cash-ins and stuck out in our minds as glorious reminders of everything we liked about the movies.

You know, the ones that didn't suck.



The Goonies
Konami | Arcade

In 1985, if you wanted a built-in backstory for your game about kicking rats to death, then basing it around a beloved blockbuster like The Goonies was a pretty good way to go. But The Goonies (known as VS. The Goonies when it was released in US arcades on Nintendo's two-screen VS. hardware) wasn't just a cool theme wallpapered over an ordinary game. No, this was special.

Aside from being a sweet game in its own right, it captured the movie's adventurous spirit (and its iconic theme music) perfectly, even if Mikey was a karate-kicking badass and the Fratelli brothers dressed like Al Capone. Hey, if you were a kid in the '80s, none of that stuff mattered so long as you could pretend to kick ass as your favorite precocious child hero.

The final feather in The Goonies' cap is that it led to The Goonies II on NES. It wasn't directly movie-based, but it was one of the earliest Metroidvania-style games, and it sported some of the worst translations ever. Our favorite was when you punched someone friendly in the face, and they were all "OUCH! WHAT DO YOU DO?"

Yeah, we're old.

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18 comments

  • Lrd_Chikn - September 24, 2008 4:29 a.m.

    King Kong! Maybe Im not old enough to appreciate its smartness and beauty, but c'mon I like Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman but King Kong was such a boring game I never even made it passed the first cave
  • key0blade - October 24, 2008 11:54 a.m.

    I effing loved The King Kong game. Amazing for a movie game. And Spidie 2 was really good too.
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - September 23, 2008 3:15 a.m.

    Wow haha.. What a shocker First.
  • lucklesswonder - October 7, 2008 6:42 a.m.

    Great games. Aladdin on the Genesis claimed a large chunk of my childhood, and GoldenEye was my most-played game on the N64. Butcher Bay is one of my all-time faves.
  • chalmer1 - April 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Dude stfu man ur stupid no one likes ur life story
  • Magnum_Apex - October 17, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    King Kong and Spider-Man are most deserving to be on that list. They're games directly based on the movies, and they were released alongside the films. To meet such a deadline and still release a quality product is nothing short of impressive. On a side note, I also have great memories of Batman, Aladdin and Goldeneye.
  • Y2Ken - October 18, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    The Riddick game is fantastic. I really want a next-gen game with a similar theme - set in a Max-security prison and getting involved with all the inmates. I just loved how there was a really noticeable community in there. Outstanding game.
  • nerovic - October 20, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    Just want to make one thing clear, vin diesel's movies are terrible with one maybe two exceptions. Cronicles of Riddick was a damn good movie! (Perfect Dark wasn't too bad either)
  • Superdude576 - October 24, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    Aladdin and Spiderman 2, those were some good games. I've seen most of these (or atleast some) of these movies, and I have got to say, they all deserved some list coverage. They were great games, it looks like, from great movies (apparently excluding Riddick. Personally never saw it except for about 10 minutes in the middle. It never made sense.XD).
  • MUSH-RUME - November 26, 2008 5:46 p.m.

    The King Kong game for DS sucked big time cos it's stupidly hard to get out of the cave (there is an almost invinceble giant crab gaurding the exit)and almost straight after you get out a raptor appears which is also hard to kill. Spidey 2 tho is very gd especially compared to its sequel and the game before it.
  • monroerobby - November 29, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    i dont think king kong should be the movie-to-game adaption i think the game that deserves to go on number 1 is golden eye fo sho i remember playing that with my brothers and dad and i still play it today and king kong was way to short and it should have had jack black be a voice for it :0
  • ADiN4Brawl - July 26, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    toy story 3 was a good game
  • goldengunguy - December 4, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    It wasn't a suprise that GoldenEye got on the list. Everyone (besides my Nintendo-console-racist friend)say It's one of the best or THE best N64 ever, like everyone else, I saw it coming.
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 16, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    King Kong definitely wasnt the best game ever. that said thanks to that game if i ever play a game where i have to use sticks for stuff or if im in a real life predicament like that...ill have that game to thank...
  • AlbVega - August 16, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    How come nobody has appeared to defend Batman: The Animated Series for SNES and retort that horrible "there's no good (pre-Arkham Asylum) Batman game" argument? Gay!
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 16, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    it felt so exhilerating breaking out of the different level-security prison blocks. Chronicles of Riddick was so well designed!
  • boonattack - August 18, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    2 years and no-one corrected this, had to be done im afraid. perfect dark should indeed be pitch black, which was by far a better film than chronicles of riddick. would of made for a fantastic game too although gears of war pretty much ruined any chances of that.
  • Cruddi - August 18, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Die Hard nakatomi plaza was a brilliant movie to game many years after the film was released.

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