Video games based on 80s movies are making a comeback lately with the announcement of robocop and killer Clowns from outer space: the game. Other releases have also tapped into ’80s movies, including Predator: hunting grounds Y Aliens: Fire Elite Team. While the quality of these games is questionable, they have also been praised for staying true to the source material.
Video game movie tie-ins have a reputation for being notoriously bad. Most people have heard of the catastrophic events that followed the launch of ET the alien in 1982, and the damage it caused to Atari and the video game industry. However, there are some great examples of when developers get it right, creating a game that is both true to the movie and a joy to play. This list will celebrate the cream of the crop and the best video games based on 80s movies.
There is no doubt that Konami was one of the leading arcade developers in the 80s and 90s. They churned out hit after hit with titles like The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesY X Men which were extremely profitable and loved by fans.
There have been many video games based on the aliens franchise, but highlights the arcade game developed by Konami. Players control Ellen Ripley and Corporal Hicks as they fight their way to a climactic showdown against the Alien Queen. The game featured fast-paced action and was just as amazing as the 1986 movie!
9 bat Man
Truth be told, there were plenty of decent games based on Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster. The NES, Sega Genesi, and Gameboy all had respectable versions of bat Manbut arguably one of the best versions appeared on the Commodore Amiga.
bat Man the game follows the plot of the movie and has a lot of variety, including platforming, a puzzle level, and the opportunity to drive the Batmobile and fly the Batwing. bat Man it was sold as part of a bundle that included other games and a Commodore Amiga. It was known as the ‘Batpack’ and was hugely successful in helping Commodore sell thousands more computers.
8 Die Hard Trilogy
There have been a few games based on the 1988 hit movie Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis. A special mention should be made to arcade hard to die for its over-the-top beat ’em-up action. However, the ultimate Die Hard game must be Die Hard Trilogy. Each movie is featured in this pack with different gameplay which adds a lot of variety for the player.
The first game, Die Hard is a third-person shooter that follows John McClane as he fights terrorists in Nakatomi Plaza. The second game is inspired by Die Hard 2: Die Harder and is a light gun game, and the third is a driving game taken from scenes in Die Hard With A Vengeance where McClane is driving a taxi and must stop the bombs from detonating. Value for money is the key phrase that comes to mind with Die Hard Trilogywith three great games included for the price of one.
7 kung fu master
As strange as it seems, kung fu master it is loosely based on the 1984 Jackie Chan film Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels was released as Spartan X in Japan, as was the video game, which was later renamed. kung fu master for western audiences.
Wheels on Meals is rightly praised for its mix of excellent martial arts action and comedy displayed by its stars, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. The fight between Chan and Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez is quite possibly one of the biggest fights ever seen on screen! kung fu master is an early but excellent beat ’em up that is still extremely fun and playable today.
Paul Verhoeven’s ultraviolent classic robocop received some fantastic video game conversions in arcades and home computers. It’s hard to pick the best of the bunch, as while they are fundamentally the same run-and-gun style game, each version has subtle differences. The arcade is notable for its bright, colorful graphics, sampled voice, and sound effects used in the film.
The Commodore Amiga has all of that, but also features a minigame identikit level seen in the movie where Alex Murphy tries to identify his killers. The ZX Spectrum has this but it also has a first person level where robocop You must shoot a criminal who is holding a hostage. They are all magnificent games and worth seeking out for fans of the movie.
5 Super Empire Strikes Back and Super Return Of The Jedi
There have been dozens of Star Wars games over the years, with the super star wars the trilogy is one of the best to appear on the console. The super empire strikes back Y Super Return of the Jedi it gave the player the opportunity to control their favorite characters as they played through levels taken from the movies.
In addition to the run-and-gun action, levels made famous in the movies were also included, including the Snowspeeder battle on Hoth. These sections took advantage of the SNES Mode 7 graphics. These games are extremely difficult, but they also captured the tone and atmosphere of the movies with incredible recreations of John Williams’ famous score, as well as excellent graphics.
4 The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
LucasArts Games developed and published some amazing games in the 80’s and 90’s. The secret of monkey island, Star Wars: X-wingY Zombies ate my neighbors, are just a few in a resume filled with hit after hit. His ’90s console games (particularly on the SNES) were rightly praised for having amazing music and amazing graphics.
Continuing the successful LucasArts Games formula used in the super star wars games, The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones it gives the player the chance to experience the thrills and spills of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade.
3 Mad Max
Although the original Mad Max was released in 1979 and hinted at a world headed for ruin, it wasn’t until the sequels The Road Warrior (1981) and Beyond Thunderdome (1985) that audiences saw the full scope of a post-apocalyptic dystopian future.
Although the 2015 video game Mad Max Not directly related to the original movies, Avalanche Studios did a wonderful job of bringing the dangerous world inhabited by Max Rockatansky to life. Mad Max it featured a vast open world that could be explored by vehicle or on foot. Vehicular and melee combat felt satisfying and helped immerse the player in an environment where death could come at every turn.
two Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
The ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson has something of a history with video games and, in particular, seems to have a special relationship with Sega. appearing in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2and both space channel 5 games, there were also video games based on the 1988 movie, Lunar walker. There were two versions of Lunar walker released by Sega with one appearing in the arcade and the other released on the Sega Genesis.
The arcade version is an isometric-style beat ’em up, while Genesis is a side-scrolling platformer similar to other Sega games such as shinobi. Although the games are very different, they both share one thing in common. They both have amazing music with classic Bad and Beat It songs.
1 The Punisher
It’s fair to say that the stories of Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) haven’t been the easiest to translate to the big (and small) screen. A violent antihero whose family was murdered doesn’t necessarily fit with the general audience Marvel is targeting. The first film incarnation of The Punisher came in 1989 starring Dolph Lundgren. Although the film did not do well financially, it received praise for its dark and violent tone that is associated with the character.
Despite the arcade version of The Punisher Not being based on the 1989 movie, it’s one of the best games based on the license! Capcom was a master at making side-scrolling beat ’em ups with classics including final fight Y commando captain. bringing The Punisher to life was a no-brainer and is often remembered for his non-stop violent gameplay. It is a pity that the arcade game was not included in the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Pack.
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