There is no doubt that popular culture still adores film franchises – even when they evolve from our cinema screens to our games consoles and desktop PCs.
Back in the day, I remember continuously begging my parents to let me have the latest Super Mario Bros computer game on the Super Nintendo, released just weeks after the success of the Bob Hoskins Super Mario movie – even if Bob himself would rather forget he starred in it! Fast forward to today’s younger generation and it’s clear the appetite for games developed around their favourite movie protagonists and superheroes remains large.
Admittedly, there is no longer a Blockbuster to dip into and rent our favourite video games, but we have an even easier portal to discover the latest movie-based games – yes, the internet! Online gaming has become part and parcel of popular culture, with the ease of accessibility to play on consoles, desktops, smartphones and tablet devices making it easier than ever to step into the shoes of your favourite movie star and fight their battles.
Whether it’s the latest Disney character, James Bond or another worldly sci-fi setting, video games help to transport us into another world for a short time, providing the sort of escapism we all crave after a busy day at work. Let’s take a look at some of the latest film-themed games to make a splash online, serving to further enhance the credentials of the movie franchises.
"Trekkies" are some of the most staunch and loyal followers you will find. The evolution from our cinema and television screens to our computer screens has seen Star Trek Online become one of the world’s most popular MMORPGs. Bringing the Final Frontier to your living room or games room, Star Trek Online stays exceptionally true to the movies and TV shows, with the ability to explore scary new worlds and encounter new civilizations as captain of your own Starship.
Similarly, many of the exciting online slot machines at UK’s William Hill casino are based on leading films and film characters. Staying on the sci-fi theme, the multi-faceted Battlestar Galactica video slot features all the sights and sounds of the immense battleship whilst paying out up to £70,000 in jackpot winnings. A more light-hearted video slot is the Ted game: a five-reel 20-payline slot with multiple features from the hit film. Each bonus game features unique rules and a universe, taken from a specific scene from the movie.
However, Alien: Isolation has to be one of the most remarkable video game replicas of a movie franchise in some time. This survival-horror computer game puts you in the shoes of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley, who is tasked with surviving the claustrophobic xenomorph that is on the loose within the ship. If you like stealth games and you’re good at hide and seek, this will entertain you even if you’re not a fan of the Alien franchise!
It remains to be seen what the next franchise fascination will be, but one thing is for sure, there’ll still be queues of people waiting for that next video game film release. It’s a winner for game developers and it’s a winner for us too!