Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey from Gingerreadlainey.

I’ve always been a big video game fan. The first system I ever remember having was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and playing Duck Hunt on it. Boy did I hate that game, but I also had Super Mario 3, which began my lifelong love of Mario games and their offshoots (Yoshi, etc.).  I also happen to like at least one video game based on a book, though technically it’s a game based on the movie that was based on the book (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for GameCube).

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic was a fun one to put together because it gave me the chance to think about what books I’d turn into video games if I had any modicum of artistic or coding talent.

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

The first thought I had was that Kell and Holland’s ability to travel between the Londons in this book reminded me of the game Portal. Now that’s not a game I’ve played personally, but I’ve seen enough promotional material over the years that I have a rough idea and the going through portals to another place seems like enough of a comparison to get Shades of Magic its own game. That’s not even taking into consideration the RPG potential with the politics, the sneaking around, the magic. This could be a beautiful game if the right studio picked it up.

The Weirn Books by Svetlana Chmakova

This has a lot of elements of fantasy to it in a modern setting, but also a mystery setting that could blend nicely to make a puzzle game as well. There are a lot of ways to approach this series because it’s got so many aspects to it that will appeal to a lot of different fans.

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The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh

I’ve only read Volume 1 of this series so far, courtesy of NetGalley, but it sounds like it could make a fun side-scrolling adventure, not unlike a Mario game. The art is bright and fun, which would make it aesthetically pleasing, and because it takes place during the setup for a school production, there’s plenty of potential drama to introduce mini-bosses or “Castle” Bosses.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott

Whoa boy, this series has all the makings of an adventure game. It’s got magic, gods, and teenagers poised to be the heroes or the villains of the piece, depending upon the choices they make. There was a game ages ago that changed depending on the moral choices of your characters and that element would be right at home in this series. With the mythological background ready to pop up around every corner, this series sounds like it would be so much fun, unlocking new and exciting quests, allies, etc.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I like to imagine this book as a mobile game that involves the heroes (Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie) getting to SupaCon and defeating different “monsters” to get to various levels (meeting their idols, different events like a midnight concert, etc.). Since it takes place at a con, there’d be plenty of cosplay to look forward to and there could be mini-games where you have to find a specific character in a sea of other cosplayers.

What are some of your favorite games that already exist? Are any of them based on books? Let me know in the comment section.

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