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Since the birth of the game, the connections to the movies have been abundant. One of the first and most famous was the ET video game for Atari. It was so bad that many cartridges ended up in a desert dump, and it helped bring the industry to an economic crash. Still, it wasn’t the first tie-in movie (that goes to the 1972 arcade title Death Race) and certainly didn’t set the standard. Some movie-related games have been downright awesome.
As the boundaries of media platforms blur, the connection becomes a rare occurrence. According to the NME, fewer console games are based on movie franchises with an annual schedule. Yet in mobile games, the scene is lively and vibrant.
Jurassic World: the game
According to Mental Floss, the combined screen time of all the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park movie only totaled six minutes. It’s amazing when you consider that it spawned a huge franchise, which recently culminated in the reboot of Jurassic World.
Inevitably, his own game would follow as director Steven Spielberg is no stranger to a game crossover. From Indiana Jones to Jaws, most of his hit films have multiple titles. Even cult favorite The Goonies have their own game on Buzz Bingo and show how 80s nostalgia can be reimagined in modern form for fans. We often see it in the world of slot machines with the revamping of many classic movies and the slot machine using images and noises to enhance the experience.
Jurassic World involves building a theme park, just like you would in a standard city builder. What makes it different is that as you level up, you can accumulate more dinosaurs, bringing more income to your park. It features all the classic monsters you’d expect from the movies, from Velociraptors to T-Rex, plus some new hybrid cross-breeds. Can you build a great new park, succeeding where all other attempts have failed?
Alien was a triumph of cinema. It reinvented two genres, blending science fiction and horror into a tense, atmospheric thriller. Few movies or games have ever been able to recreate this, with even the follow-up movie opting for all-out action instead of the creepy psychology of the previous installment. A title that comes closest to this is a mobile game.
This venture follows on from 2014’s Alien: Isolation, also a game worthy of your attention. The title suggests it all, as you try to stay undetected while escaping a massive spaceship. There are plenty of puzzles as you open and close doors and stay quiet enough not to be detected. The tension increases with the inclusion of a vintage computer interface that indicates when a xenomorph is closing in on your party.
Seven missions are available in total, all of which put you in some pretty heavy moral dilemmas. If any criticism can be leveled at the title, it’s that the alien AI needs a little work. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more appealing mobile game.
Terminator Genisys: Future War
Terminator Genisys: Future War offers a fresh take on the franchise, using an MMO strategy format instead of the tried-and-true route of putting yourself in the shoes of Arnie and letting you shoot everything in sight. Set in the post-apocalyptic world of the movie Genisys, you can choose to join the human resistance or Skynet’s robot hordes.
Progression is done extremely well in this game. Regardless of your side, work your way through the skill and tech trees to improve your strengths. Once your base is gone, you can join the world map by collecting more resources and gaining strategic influence.
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