Developers can derive inspiration for video games from just about anywhere. Whether it’s from comics, films or real-world events, there is a diverse array of themes and ideas floating around in the world of gaming. One source of stimulus can be found at the click of a button, with TV shows frequently providing the basis and structure for some of the most popular game titles ever made.
For reminiscence sake, here are just some of the TV-themed video game classics that will no doubt stand the test of time.
WWE Raw 2
Wrestling games have always been a favourite, and this Xbox release is no different. Stepping up the game, WWE Raw 2 introduced a range of different features to make your time in the virtual ring more immersive and exciting. Along with a new season mode, Hell in a Cell and Tables, Ladders, Chairs match options diversified the game, while the fantastic Create A Superstar offering meant that you could kick some serious ass with your own personalised character.
The Adventures of Batman and Robin
Before Christopher Nolan gave the Caped Crusader a dark and gritty reboot, Batman and Robin was dishing out their own brand of vigilante justice in their critically acclaimed animated series. Published on the Sega Mega Drive and Super NES, the Adventures of Batman and Robin stayed true to the cartoon’s compelling visual style while allowing the player to face off against classic villains, including The Riddler and The Penguin.
Battlestar Galactica: Diaspora
Battlestar Galactica is a cult classic, spawning a range of console, mobile and online titles even including a themed spin-off Battlestar Galatica slot that features at butlersbingo.com. However, Diaspora was the one that truly captured the attention of the show’s viewers, transporting them into the cockpit of a Viper. The online title was built on the structure of classic shooter Freespace 2 and took four years to create, delivering a brilliantly enjoyable experience that fans won’t be able to get enough of.
Capcom really spread their wings with the 1989 release of the DuckTales video game. Originally launched on the NES and later ported onto the Gameboy, the DuckTales title’s fun and quirky style lent it global success, with each system selling over a million copies. Scrooge McDuck even captured hearts across the video game industry, with the game receiving an impressive remaster and Deus Ex creator Warren Spector expressing his desire to make a new DuckTales game.
The Simpsons: Hit And Run
Hit and Run handed Simpsons fans the pwheel, as they raced across Springfield in this sand-box release. Hung against the backdrop of the familiar fictional city and with a fun storyline, this game was guaranteed to tickle players as they raced through the streets to complete missions and thwart Kang and Kodo’s mind control plans. All the familiar faces are there, with genuine Simpsons writers and voice cast members to add an extra dollop of charm to this much-loved franchise.