Why the hell did you license that?

Obscure, unpopular and illogical, none of them were ever going to make a good game.

Home Improvement | SNES | Absolute Entertainment | 1994

Sitcoms can't work as videogames unless handled very carefully. And the Home Improvement videogame was not handled very carefully.

Theseshows are popular because of the dialogue and character dynamics, so the only game genres that can really provide them a proper home are RPGs and point and click adventures. Obviously the last thing you’d want to do would be to take the lead character out of his natural environment and stick him in say, a platformer. That would divorce him from all of the relationships and conventions that give his personality scope for humour, as well as being bastard hard to impliment coherently.

Can anyone guess what happened with the Home Improvement game? Oh, all of you.


Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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