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A Guide to Movie Based Video Games, 1982–2000 (Hardback)

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By Christopher Carton
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781399085953
Published: 7th July 2023

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You’ve seen the movie, now PLAY the movie!

Long before gaming came to the big screen, cinema arrived in the homes of millions in the form of licensed video games; playable merchandise that tied in to some of the major tentpoles of cinematic history. Many of these games followed the storylines of the movies on which they were based, as well as providing supplementary adventures to major franchises. Collected in this book are some of the biggest games to come from Hollywood adventures during the '80s and '90s.

In this comprehensive book, you’ll find over 300 games across 18 chapters, with sections dedicated to major movie franchises such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Pixar, Aliens and Indiana Jones, along with nearly 200 full-colour screenshots of major releases. Showcasing the highs and lows of early computer gaming through the 16-bit era and onto the advent of 3D console gaming, A Guide to Movie Based Video Games: 1982 - 2000 covers two decades of video games with trivia, analysis and recommendations.

Grab your controller, step into the silver screen and get ready to play!

Author interview on Still Loading Podcast.

Listen to the episode here!

Still Loading Podcast, Episode 280

Christopher Carton’s book revisits nearly 20 years’ worth of blockbuster-inspired games, with his recommendations, analysis and trivia. Featuring titles from Aliens to Top Gun to Star Wars and more, he examines titles released on the earliest gaming formats to the arrival of the PlayStation.
A good book to have on the shelf and dip into.

NetGalley, Natalie Cavernelis

A good overview of video games based on movies from the early years of the gaming industry. Each section is divided either by the franchise represented (Star Wars, Disney, Marvel, etc.) or by the theme. Each entry gives the release year, the consoles the game was released on, and a short description of the game itself. Good for gaming fans who are also movie buffs.

NetGalley, DeAnna DeHoff

It has a great nostalgic feel to it, I loved reading about the games I played as a child and games I wish I’d known about back then!

NetGalley, Katie Paskin

About Christopher Carton

Chris Carton is a pop culture fan, with a major love for movies and video games. He’s been playing since birth, finding a passion for games in the Amiga and Commodore 64 systems. When he’s not writing about games and movies, he loves playing and watching them, drumming and spending time with his family. He was born in Galway but now lives in Cork. 

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