These movie series made more games than movies.
When you have a Hollywood blockbuster franchise, it’s natural to expand into video games. It involves adding new characters, enhancing the lore and plot, and giving a new audience an experience. The largest movie franchises have released a lot since the 1980s or before.
Even with returning performers, video games based on successful movies can be hit or miss. But they’re usually intriguing enough to keep us going back and provide treasures.
Rocky (Including Creed) – 9
Since boxing is a prominent sports sub-genre in video games, the Rocky franchise capitalized on it with several titles before Punch-Out. The first Rocky game was a pinball machine in 1982, followed by Rocky Super Action Boxing.
The 2002 PS2 and GameCube Rocky, Rocky Legends, Rocky Balboa, and 2016 Rocky mobile game has enhanced graphics. The VR Creed: Rise To Glory and Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions games continued the Adonis Creed tale.
Top Gun – 12
Top Gun has more video games than Rocky, despite a 36-year gap between the original and Top Gun: Maverick. Ocean Software released the first Top Gun game with the 1986 movie, and Konami released a NES version the following year. The 1989 sequel, The Second Mission, followed, and the rest is history.
Early Top Gun games were first-person flight simulators with multiplayer, but subsequently switched to third-person aerial combat. While the last licensed Top Gun game was Hardlock in 2012, titles like Ace Combat and Microsoft Flight Simulator still use stuff from the films.
Ghostbusters – 19
Ghostbusters is a popular 80s movie franchise with a variety of video games, including arcade and the current asymmetrical multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed. Ghostbusters: Afterlife revived the movie franchise.
The original 1984 Ghostbusters Activision game on the NES brilliantly captured the horror comedy’s 8-bit aesthetics. Drive the Ecto-1 and rework the popular theme music in 8-bit. Ghostbusters received numerous Game Boy games, movie tie-ins, the original actors, remasters, and an expansion in Lego Dimensions.
Terminator – 20
Arnold stated “I’ll be back” in the Terminator movies and has since appeared in computer games based on the ’80s sci-fi property. The debut title was controversial. Sunsoft licensed it but changed the setting and plot, losing it and republishing it as Journey to Silius.
In 1991, Bethesda released the first official Terminator DOS game, which showed the T-800’s interface in 3D. As films advanced, games took off. There were numerous in Judgement Day, Terminator 3, Salvation, and 2019’s Resistance, based on the Future Wars. Robocop Versus The Terminator was a 1993 crossover game.
Indiana Jones – 21
Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones lacks the same level of video game recognition as Star Wars. However, numerous Indiana Jones video games remain, with MachineGames leading the way in recent years. The inaugural film’s 1982 Atari 2600 Raiders of the Lost Ark game is more ET Atari than Indiana Jones.
LucasArts’ point-and-click adventures with Indy evolved into modern action-adventure games, culminating with Lego Indiana Jones, in the 1990s and early 2000s. Indiana Jones influenced video games like Tomb Raider and Wordle Unlimited, which have carried the series forward.
James Bond 007 – 29
The James Bond 007 franchise, based on Ian Fleming’s spy novels, includes regular video game releases alongside the films and the current Bond actor. Text adventures like Shaken but Not Stirred! and A View To Kill evolved into racing games, top-down action, exhilarating third-person adventures, and pioneering FPS, like 1997’s Goldeneye 007.
The Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch now support Goldeneye 007. Additional Bond films are being created by the Hitman studio, with Daniel Craig as the main character. Quantum of Solace, Goldeneye 2010, Bloodstone, and 007 Legends let you play Craig.
Jurassic Park – 36
The Jurassic World sequels have made Jurassic Park a huge franchise with numerous games by Stephen Spielberg. Jurassic Park has evolved from arcade games to VR, AR, and management simulations with the Jurassic World Evolution series.
Among the best Jurassic Park games, Telltale’s 2011 Evolution, and Sega’s Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition stand out. Lego Jurassic World covers all the films up to the 2015 sequel in Lego style, while Telltale’s Jurassic Park is one of the first narrative-focused episodic adventures.
Alien (Including Predator) – 38
In recent years, the Alien and Predator world has seen continual releases, including Fireteam Elite, Predator: Hunting Grounds, and Dark Descent. Creative Assembly’s survival horror game Alien: Isolation was a significant one. Only the 1979 film achieves the original tone, and the Xenomorph AI becomes terrifyingly relentless.
The 2011 Predators to match with the Robert Rodriguez film and the 2011 Alien: Blackout successor to Isolation had mobile debuts, like most of the other franchises featured. Movie versions and Alien Vs. Predator games followed.
Star Trek – 100+
Besides the classic series, films, and spin-off TV shows, Star Trek has produced endless games. Former Telltale devs Dramatic Labs’ 2023 branching story Star Trek: Resurgence is their next. Star Trek: Bridge Crew was their 2017 VR game.
Star Trek, a 1960s classic, had its first video games in the 1970s. Since then, it’s expanded into FPS games like Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force, aerial combat and flight sims with Klingon Academy, and a J.J. Abrams film adaptation.
Star Wars – 100+
Star Wars, as expected, leads with over 100 games launched and more on the way. Following Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Ubisoft’s Star Wars Outlaws and Quantic Dream’s Star Wars Eclipse provide more. Overall, the Star Wars games have been amazing and legendary, rivaling the movies and broadcasts.
Though there are Atari games of The Empire Strikes Back and ’80s and ’90s space simulator games, the early 2000s were the best for Star Wars gaming. Strong titles like Jedi Academy, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, Republic Commando, and others set the stage for Fallen Order and Survivor.