After binge-watching a really good TV series, you might find yourself looking for more content to immerse yourself in. Some of the best TV shows have been made into great games afterwards. Some of these have gone on to be even more popular than the show itself! Whether you’re a mobile game player, prefer video games, or both, you’d be surprised at how many games are based on your favorite TV shows, from childhood classics to Netflix series.
Whether your game of choice is something relaxing like Slingo Bingo, or whether you are in the mood for something a little more thrilling to give you an adrenaline rush, it is a great activity to keep in mind the next time you’re planning the ultimate girls night at home with your friends.
First on the list is TellTale Games BAFTA award-winning game The Walking Dead. Set in the same fictional world which is featured in AMC’s series, it features characters unseen in the show and has a story unfolding along roughly the same timeline, but in different locations.
The way the story progresses is very much dependent on your dialogue choices and actions, so it is sure to keep you engaged from start to finish. The decisions made in the earlier seasons even influence the progression of the story in later seasons, so you truly are in control from the very beginning till the end. Follow the story of Lee and Clementine as they fight to survive in a new zombie-infested world, making tough decisions in extremely short-timed windows, keeping the pressure, as well as the stakes, high. In this new world, zombies aren’t the only thing you need to worry about.
Another Telltale Games production, Game of Thrones follows a similar format to The Walking Dead. The adventure takes place in short episodes and dialogue orientated action. Once again, players can influence how events unfold with the dialogues they choose and the actions which they perform.
The game picks up at the end of season three of the TV show, and continues until just before the start of season five. Similar to The Walking Dead, whilst it doesn’t directly use characters from the show, it takes place in the same universe with a focus on House Forrester. Players can control the servants or 1 of 5 members of the house, with each character’s decisions affecting the others.
Although The Simpsons have had many games produced, its 22nd installment, Hit and Run, might just be the most popular one, and with good reason. Follow the beloved Simpsons family and investigate the reasons behind the strange incidents taking place in Springfield. From mysterious vans following people around, to increased surveillance, and a new type of Buzz Cola that makes people act in all sorts of weird ways.
Its Grand Theft Auto type charm has generated a mass following, and the open-world exploration and races against enemies, mean that there is no shortage of things to do in the game. Play as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and even Apu. Alongside the main story, collect coins to buy new outfits and cars that will help you wreck your enemy’s car in your next race.
Switching over to mobile games, Stranger Things: The Game, is set in-between seasons one and two. It features a retro pixel art style to accommodate simple game controls which can be played easily on mobile. Playable characters include Hopper, Nancy, Mike, Lucas, Will Dustin, Max, and Eleven.
Players begin the game as Jim Hopper single-handedly searches for boys who went missing. As more characters are found, new areas of exploration are also unlocked helping you progress further in the game. Upon completing the game, players are shown a little clip from the first episode of season 2.
Another mobile game with a focus on AR, Pokémon Go, took the world by storm with its release in 2016, creating 5 new world records just a month after release. This includes ‘Most revenue grossed by a mobile game in the first month’, ‘Fastest time to gross $100 million by a mobile game’ and more. Pokémon Go was a collaborative project between Nintendo, Niantic, and The Pokémon Company.
Using GPS from mobile phones, the game shows players exactly where Pokémon can be caught on the map. As the player moves around, so does their character on the map, with new Pokémon appearing at different locations which players then catch with Pokéballs. Not only can you catch Pokémon, but you can use them in battles against other players at Pokémon Gyms, or take part in Raid Battles in a team effort to defeat the high-level Pokémon and gain XP and other winning materials.
Whether you prefer mobile games or have always been a video game fan, there are plenty of award-winning games which you can play after you’re done watching the final season of a TV show. Revisit childhood classics such as The Simpsons or Spongebob Squarepants on your PS2, the terrible yet nostalgic graphics bringing back memories. Play something like Pokémon Go literally on the go! Get your daily steps in as you catch wild Pokémon in your neighborhood, or wherever you travel in the world. Either way will ensure plenty of fun for both family and friends, and can be something you look forward to playing.