From the earliest days of video games, the big screen has provided a rich source of inspiration. Sometimes, the result has been less than inspiring, for example in the case of ET: The Extra Terrestrial, while in other cases, the game has become a classic in its own right, as was the case with Golden Eye.
However, the same applies with the small screen. TV shows have also come in for the video game treatment, although they never seem to get the same level of attention. It’s time to put that right as we take a look at five of the best.
This Netflix original is one of the most popular TV series in the new generation of straight-to-streaming, and the gritty tale centering on the 1980s underworld makes a perfect subject for gamification. Game developer NetEnt rose to the challenge with a five-reel slot that you can play online on this site. The game captures the dark and brooding nature of the TV series perfectly.
However, there is more to the game than looks. The different bonus games and free spin features mean this is more than just another branded slots game.
Beavis & Butt-Head
Nothing screams 1990s excess like this animated series that first aired on MTV a quarter of a century ago. The game will immediately transport you back to the days of D:Ream and R Kelly, as you adopt the character of either Beavis or Butt-Head in a quest to find some lost concert tickets.
The gameplay is simple, if unspectacular, but it is the animation, music and voice acting that really make this game one that you will want to revisit again and again.
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
The first Star Trek computer game was a text-based adventure that was created way back in 1971. Since then, there have been scores of games created, on every imaginable platform. One of the biggest hits, however, is this PC game that was released in 2000.
It incorporates characters and settings that will be immediately familiar to followers of the TV show, and the storytelling, graphics and gameplay are all top-notch. But it is the multiplayer option that really made this game stand out at the time, and that has contributed to it remaining a favorite among Trekkies to this day.
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
In the years before the likes of Christian Bale and Val Kilmer turned the character in such a serious direction, Batman was all about camp, cartoonish fun. This creation for the Sega Genesis takes us back to those care-free days, as the Caped Crusader and his spandex-wearing sidekick take on all the old familiar villains.
The game has everything you want from a 1990s platform game, and the challenges are brain-teasing enough to keep you playing long into the night.
The Simpsons Arcade Game
Everyone’s favorite cartoon family has come in for almost as many video game interpretations as the Star Trek team. This offering from 1991, however, is the one that really captures the atmosphere of Springfield.
It is also surprisingly detailed for its era, and will really make you feel as if you have stepped into the Simpsons’ universe.