To the layman, books and video games are worlds apart. At one end there is the literary excellence of books, and on the other hand the violent challenge of video games. However, there have been some excellent books to video game adaptations that have taken the gaming world by storm. No, we are not talking about obvious games such as the Harry Potter ones, which are part of a well-known franchise. In this post, we tell you about games that have been successfully adapted from a literary source.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
A cult favorite among young adults, this game adaptation of Douglas Adam’s acclaimed novel was a de facto inclusion in this particular list. You have to play as the protagonist Arthur Dent in a second person perspective. This science fiction comedy remains true to its time, being a text based adventure that functioned on a queer internal logic. However, the game might seem too hard to some people, yet if you are a true fan all you would notice is the wit in the game. Not spoiling the experience we would like to say that there are many roadblocks and deaths in the story; which become rather puzzling at times.
We have all grown up with the sweet, whimsical memories of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. American McGee developed this game based on a mentally unstable Alice after her parents’ death in a fire. Hence, the Wonderland we all knew becomes twisted in her traumatized mind. This is a darker and horribly fascinating place that is full of surprises. Now that you have started gaming, why not invest in some capture cards and let your skill be known to the world? Information about capture cards can be found here.
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Based on the iconic Chinese classic ‘Journey to the West’, this game is aptly set in a mythical medieval China. This is the story of a Buddhist monk and his followers who set out for India. Of course, many aspects of the book were modified to make a more action packed game. For example, the setting has been changed into a post apocalyptic future where killer robots are at large. However, the names of the characters, their traits and relationships have been kept quite similar to the original version. If you are a fan of the novel, you will definitely recognize some references from it.
- The Witcher
Surprise! This widely acclaimed game has actually been adapted from a Polish cult favorite series that have only been translated into English about nine years ago. The famous RPG came out in the same year 2007 and the rest is history. The protagonist is a witch hunter called Geralt, who hunts more than just wayward witches. Even though it is fun to kill monsters, the critical decisions to be made in the game take the spotlight. There are no clear cut choices to be made in the game, and the consequences are far from obvious. This is a recurring theme in the books, which adds to that extra moral complexity level.
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