Siliconera Speaks Up: Movie Video Games


What movie would you like to be made into a game? What type of game would it be?


Jenni: I’d love to see Neil Gaiman’s Mirrormask turned into a game. The basic premise of the movie is that a girl named Helena’s family owns a circus, and she wants a normal life. When her mother falls ill after an argument, she gets her wish. While staying at a relative’s apartment, Helena ends up getting pulled into another world/dimension. She’s mistaken for the Princess of Light by the citizens of the City of Light, and the Princess of Dark by the Dark Queen in the land of Shadows.

It turns out the Dark Princess has taken the MirrorMask from the City of Light. The Light Queen has then fallen into a coma. Helena, along with the City of Light performer Valentine, goes on a journey to reclaim it. It could work as a platformer, an action RPG, a standard turn-based RPG or even an adventure game.


Louise: The first thing I thought of was anything by Studio Ghibli. Since Spirited Away has the most North American exposure out of all of their movies, it makes sense to start with a Spirited Away game. But instead of turning it into a generic third person platformer like so many animated features get turned into, I’d like to see it as a 2D point and click adventure game.

The intricate and detailed world and characters out of Studio Ghibli movies are perfect subjects for this genre. It gives players a chance to enjoy the landscape and art. I’m excited to see what the Level 5/Studio Ghibli collaboration is going to look like.


Spencer: Advent Children? I’m sort of kidding, but that would have made a better action game than action movie. The best movie games tend to have the most freedom with a franchise. Games that simply rehash a film tend to be boring since you know the story already. That being said a stylish action game based on Kill Bill would be fun to play, but instead of covering the events of the movie the game could focus on the bride’s past life where she worked as an assassin.


Ishaan: I’d love to see a adventure game based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. According to Wikipedia, there’s already a side-scrolling Dracula game on the NES and SNES, but I would love to see a story-driven point-and-click thriller based on the movie (or the book for that matter) on PC.

Ideally, this game would use only the most basic elements of the movie/book and build upon those to create an 8 – 10 hour-long horror experience with a unique art style and some great voice-acting. (Pre-order bonus fangs and a small vial of wine substituting for blood would be much appreciated as well)

Louise Yang