Best Movie-Based Games For iPhone And iPad
From the big screen to the little screen, we round up the best.
Earlier today we reviewed the latest movie tie-in The Dictator: Wadyan Games, awarding it a rather disappointing two stars out of five. While it's far from unusual for a movie tie-in game to be more miss than hit, there are plenty of others more worthy of your attention. We've rounded up some of our favorites, some recent and some from recent years.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game
Everybody's favorite comic book adventurer made a triumphant appearance on the big screen with the release of Secret of the Unicorn. In turn, Gameloft delivered a thoroughly enjoyable touchscreen experience, featuring all of the character favorites, from Captain Haddock to Tintin's faithful companion Snowy.
Hunger Games: Girl on Fire
Color us beyond surprised when this game turned out to be a really rather good take on the box-office smash hit. The controls are sharp as you take Katniss Everdeen on an adventure through the woods to gather food for her family in District 19.
The 1982 original film of course had its famous arcade tie-in game, and the release of 2010's Tron Legacy kept up that fresh tradition with the release of a rather good iOS game.
This time around it's the turn of mobile devices to host the classic light-cycle racing game, with a collection of control schemes to suit, along with two different game modes. This free app also throws in some of the juicier content from the movie itself, from trailers to film art.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Masters of the Sea
A game that draws heavily on Disney's blockbuster series, rather than any particular movie per se, Masters of the Sea mixes up some cracking storytelling with social play as you upgrade your weaponry, team up with friends, and do battle to decide who the ultimate pirate is once and for all. Yarrrrrr!
Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots
It's the kids who get the best of the movie tie-in games, and this particular version of Fruit Ninja from developer Halfbrick was a great take on an established game. The environments are taken straight from the world of Puss in Boots himself, and there's even a few new moves thrown in to keep even the most jaded of Fruit Ninja players excited.
The Twilight Saga: The Movie Game
Aimed squarely at existing fans of the films and books, this App Store offering is light on gameplay but does feature a treasure-trove of trivia and quizzes for hardcore fans. The first installment is free, and new packs can be purchased once you've exhausted the initial content.