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Literature-Inspired Games

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1. American McGee's Alice - PC Games
Inspired by Lewis Caroll's famous classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this game was developed by designer American McGee (of DOOM and Quake fame). In a drastic departure of the original tale, Alice, who is now older, is a lone survivor of a fire that killed her family. She has been locked up in an asylum and must travel thru Wonderland once more in order to restore her sanity. She is a darker person now, and because of this, Wonderland is also dark and twisted.

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People who added this item 191  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
2. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl - PC Games
Based on the famous science fiction novel Roadside Picnic (Piknik na obochine, 1977) by Russian writers Arkadi and Boris Strugatski. There is also a famous movie adaptation of the novel by Andrei Tarkovski, but the game actually is much closer in concept to the book although instead of having numerous Zones around the world, the game s focused around the Ukranian town of Chernobyl, the site of the most severe nuclear accident in history.

People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
3. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth - Xbox
Based on the H.P. Lovecraft mythos and short story, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, you will immerse yourself in the dark underworld of Lovecraft's New England and find the horrible secrets lying beneath.

People who added this item 96  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
4. The Witcher - PC Games
Based on the books by the Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is a new addition to the RPG genre from Europe, starring the main character from the books - Geralt, a professional monster-slayer.

There is also a much improved enhanced version of the game.
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People who added this item 59  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
5. Blade Runner - PC Games
You play the role of police officer McCoy, a Blade Runner, whose special job is to hunt down replicant rebels. But during your investigations, you also get to see their side, and your vision of the world and society begins to change...

Based on the movie of the same name, which in turn was based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
6. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None - PC Games
This game is an adaptation of one of the world's most renowned mystery stories, written by the illustrious author Agatha Christie and originally published in 1939 under the name 'Ten Little Niggers' and again in 1940 as 'And Then There Were None'.

People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
7. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - PC Games
Based on Tom Clancy's best-selling book about a covert multi-national team of soldiers who are on the frontline of anti-terrorism warfare.

Thanks to Uber for this entry

People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
8. Dracula: Origin - PC Games
In a faithful recreation of Bram Stoker's mythology, the player learns about the origins of Dracula's curse, how he took the path of evil when his beloved one committed suicide, thus becoming damned forever, and how he finally made a pact with the Prince of Darkness to become a vampire.

People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
9. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy - Xbox 360
Based more on the trilogy of books by Robert Ludlum than the three hit action movies (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum), the game does however including several levels that were Hollywood-envisioned, such as the escape from Zurich embassy, or the Paris car chase in a Mini, two events not found in the novels.

Thanks to CelShader for this entry

People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
10. Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Expres... - PC Games
This game is based on one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels. Step aboard the beautiful Orient Express, a 1930s train which travels between Istanbul and Paris, to help famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot solve a murder mystery.

People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
11. Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened - PC Games
Sherlock Holmes, with the help of Dr. John H. Watson, investigates strange disappearances in relation to the activity of a secret cult of Cthulhu; a fascinating blend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of Sherlock Holmes with H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythology.

People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
12. Betrayal At Krondor - PC Games
Based on Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar saga (and co-written with Feist himself) is Betrayal At Krondor, a new tale in the Riftwar universe. The story begins as Gorath, a moredhel (dark elf) renegade, who intended to warn the people of Krondor of the upcoming moredhel invasion, is attacked by an assassin.

Thanks to Elfflame for this entry

People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
13. Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun - PC Games
In this adventure game, players get the opportunity to step into the shoes of one of Agatha Christie's most illustrious characters, detective Hercule Poirot. The story is based loosely on her book by the same name so readers who have read that novel will find this new and different.

People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating
14. Return to Mysterious Island - PC Games
Inspired by Jules Verne's book The Mysterious Island, you play a young woman who is stranded on an uncharted island. Attempting to break a world record by sailing around the world by herself, Mina is washed overboard during a storm and manages to swim to a beach. She must learn to survive by finding food and shelter and will eventually find a way to explore the entire island.

People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
15. Voyage: Journey to the Center of the Moon - PC Games
Voyage is a point-and-click adventure inspired by Jules Verne's two novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon. But unlike those two books, the main character actually makes it to the moon surface, although his two companions do not survive the trip.

People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
16. Dune - PC Games
This 1992 DOS title is based on the legendary Frank Herbert novel of the same name and visually inspired by the 1984 David Lynch movie, Dune is a strategy-adventure hybrid where the player takes the role of young Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto.

The 2001 game Frank Herbert's Dune is actually based more on the TV mini-series than the novel.

People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
17. Companions of Xanth - PC Games
Piers Anthony's book Demons Don't Dream set up the mystical world of Xanth. Two demons are controlling humans to fight for the future of the land - if Dug wins, the magic is gone forever.

People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
18. Destination: Treasure Island - PC Games
This pirate adventure game was inspired by the classic 1888 novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Players take the role of Jim Hawkins, the boy from the book who fled with his share of Long John Silver's treasure four years ago.

People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
19. Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis // Versus Arsene L... - PC Games
Based on a book by French author Maurice Leblanc.
Arsène Lupin is a French thief who arrives in London with one purpose - to steal 5 precious objects in the same amount of days from 5 distinguished locations, and get away clean. Will Lupin succeed in foiling Sherlock Holmes and Scotland Yard?

People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
20. Culpa Innata - PC Games
Turkish novelist Alev Alatli's series of books, “Kabus” (The Nightmare, 2000) and “Rüya” (The Dream, 2001), were inspirations for Culpa Innata. The novels makes projections for the world, namely the New World Order with reference to Bilderberg, Club of Rome. In fact, we note that she even anticipated September 11 as a showdown among the instigators of the post-modern fascism, which - if unchecked - she fears will be the dominating the future of the world.

People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
21. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - PC Games
Based upon Harlan Ellison’s short story of the same name. It is about an evil computer named AM that has destroyed all of humanity except for five people he has been keeping alive and torturing for the past 109 years. Each survivor has a fatal flaw in his or her character, and in an attempt to crush their spirits, AM has constructed a metaphorical adventure for each that preys upon their weaknesses.

People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
22. Return To Krondor - PC Games
The direct sequel to Betrayal at Krondor, Return to Krondor takes the player back to the fantasy world of Midkemia, which is once more in peril. It is based on Robert E. Feist's second part in the Riftwar saga.

Thanks to Elfflame for this entry

People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
23. Shadow Complex - Xbox 360 Live Arcade
This hit Xbox 360 Live Arcade downloadable game is based on the novel Empire by famed story-teller Orson Scott Card, who envisions a future America where the rift between right and left ideologies reach a breaking point and a deadly internal civil war rages on in the United States.

Thanks to CelShader for this entry

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
24. Journey to the Centre of the Earth - PC Games
Inspired by the classic novel by Jules Verne, the game is set in 2005, and you play as a young reporter covering a story for a discovery magazine. After her helicopter crashes near a volcano in Iceland, the earth opens up and you enter a weird fantastic world beneath the earth.

People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
25. Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice - PC Games
Based on a H.P. Lovecraft story, Prisoner of Ice puts you in the role of Lt. Ryan, an American agent stationed aboard the submarine H.M.S. Victoria on a rescue mission to the Antarctic. The Victoria picks up two mysterious crates during the course of the rescue. Before you know it the Captain is eaten alive by the cargo, a horrific monster with whom you are trapped aboard the submarine. And that's just the start of your problems.

People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
26. The Dark Eye - PC Games
The player is transported into several of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works including "The cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart". All of the stories are surrealistically rendered with claymation figures and haunting music. Burrough's reading of "The Masque of the Red Death" is not to be missed.

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
27. Shannara - PC Games
Based on The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, this game is a 2D point-and-click adventure with some RPG elements. Your father once slew the evil warlock King Brona, but his angry spirit has returned and only you can stop it.

Thanks to Zozoulini for this entry

People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 1  IMDB Rating
28. 80 Days - PC Games
Inspired by Jules Verne's famous novel Around the World in 80 Days, trace the steps of Verne's original character, Phileas Fogg, in a fantastical trek through Egypt, India, Japan and America. Players take the role of Englishman Oliver Lavisheart.

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29. Auryn Quest - PC Games
Recreating the path of the hero Atreyu in Michael Ende's 'The Neverending Story, you travel thru the world of Fantasia thru puzzle stage, platforming stages, all presented in 3D real-time graphics.

Thanks to Zozoulini for this entry

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
30. Red Storm Rising - PC Games
This 1990 submarine simulator follows the story found in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novel, Red Storm Rising, about a terrorist attack on a Soviet oil complex which threatens to throw the world into World War 3.

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31. Hans Christian Anderson: The Ugly Prince Duc... - PC Games
Day after day, a lovely young princess gazes out the window at a world she can't experience. On her 15th birthday, she runs away from her privileged life in search of an adventure. On her journey, she meets young Hans Christian Andersen - a poor teenager struggling to make his way in life. Together they meet the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, and other characters made famous in Andersen's fairy tales.

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32. UBIK - PlayStation
Based on the novel UBIK from Philip K. Dick you are playing the main character from the book, called Joe Chip. You are working for a company called Runciter Associates in Los Angeles (in the year 2019) and your job is to protect companies against industrial spying.

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
33. Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet - PC Games
Shadow Of The Comet is a unique horror adventure, inspired by the terrifying writings of H.P. Lovecraft. In 1834, in the small New England fishing village of Illsmouth, the distinguished British scientist Lord Boleskine lost his mind. After studying ancient manuscripts of evil repute, he had travelled to this place to observe the passing of Halley's comet. What he observed that night, however, turned him into a raving lunatic. Now, 76 years later, Halley's comet is coming back, and young astronomer John T. Parker has travelled to Illsmouth to try to uncover the truth.

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34. Hard to be a God - PC Games
Hard To Be A God is an action/RPG based on the science-fiction novel, by the same title, written by the Soviet writers Arcady and Boris Strougatsky, published in 1964. In the future, mankind dwells into space-exploration, ultimately coming across the planet Tsurinak, where humans live still in the medieval ages.

People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
35. Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition - PlayStation 3
(Coming Q1 2010, also on Xbox 360)

Based on the first part of Dante Alighieri's epic 14th century poem Divine Comedy, this up-coming Electronic Arts game is sure to be a critical hit as it retraces Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell, guided by the poet Virgil.


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36. Metro 2033 - PC Games
(Coming Soon; Release Date TBA)

This Russian-developed FPS shooter is based on story by Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy. The setup: In 2011, a worldwide nuclear catastrophe decimated civilization. Moscow citizens retreated to the tubes, building a network of city-states along the underground subways to avoid the surface, where radiation spawned breeds of psychic supermutants. It is being developed by many of the programmers who worked on 2007's hit 'STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl'.

The english translation of the book has not been released it. It is coming in December 2009.


 

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Jan 17 1:16
Great idea for a list!
Just one more: The adventure Auryn Quest based on The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Apr 17 9:25
Great list but missing a big one: Rainbow Six
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 8 11:55
Thanks, added. Not sure how I missed it, since its one of my favorite Tom Clancy books.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 19 18:13
Added Dante's Inferno, coming in 2010.
Posted: 5 years ago at Jul 29 13:33
Added 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 12 22:30
The game Shannara based on 'Sword Of Shannara' by Terry Brooks.
http://www.listal.com/game/shannara-pc
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 13 14:01
Thanks, added it, plus a one based on fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen. I'll add descriptions and links shortly.
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 13 18:22
Would the game called 'Alice' count?
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 13 20:34
It sure would. Thanks, I dont know how I missed it.
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 16 12:55
Shadow Complex for Xbox 360 ( http://www.listal.com/game/shadow-complex-xbox-360-live-arcade )

Is based on Empire by Orson Scott Card ( http://www.listal.com/book/empire-orson-scott-card-3270476 )

also: Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy (for xbox 360 and PS3), this was based on the book license, not the movie.
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 19 12:47
list updated with all additions
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 5 15:11
Missing an obvious one, Lord of the Rings. There are numerous ones to choose from.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Nov 6 1:08
Definitely need Lord of the Rings on here. Good list though :)
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 17 10:19
Very well done. But I must agree, the Lord of the Rings games are missing.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at May 26 21:16
Great. There is also an indie PC RPG "Cthulhu Saves the World", that mock the serious RPGs cliches.

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