GUEST POST | The Best Gaming Opportunities For Film & TV Franchises

Modern entertainment can be a little bit of a whirlwind. In some cases a popular character or franchise is spread across so many elements of entertainment and culture it seems bigger than any one film, show, game, or whatever its origin may be. This is true largely for two reasons. One is the increasingly blurred lines between television, streaming, and film that can allow a character like Jack Reacher to exist on TV and in movies, or which can provide for both TV and film wings of the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The other reason, however, is the sophistication and prevalence of modern gaming, which provides a huge variety of avenues for people to enjoy popular franchise characters, from Lara Croft to Iron Man.

Considering that second point, we wanted to ask a simple question: What are the best gaming opportunities for modern franchises and characters? That is, if gaming can be credited for making these elements of our culture more ubiquitous (and more successful), what are the best ways for a franchise to get involved in gaming to begin with? A few answers to this question come to mind.

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Mobile games are relatively small and can be made affordably, and for that reason games accompanying movies or TV shows are fairly common. However, they tend to fall into two categories: those that attempt to replicate the exact action of a production, and those that merely use the same theme and characters but wind up being wholly original games. And most of the better ones fall into the latter category. This list of the best iOS options in this category makes this fairly clear, with games like Pirates Of The Caribbean: Master Of The Seas, Men In Black 3, and Jurassic Park Builder taking cinematic concepts and turning them into random but enjoyable games. Looking at examples like these we can say loosely related mobile games are often the way to go.

If you pay even a little bit of attention to online games and casino sites specifically, you’ll notice that there tend to be a fair number of games that are using directly licensed images, characters, music, and concepts from major film or television. And it’s no wonder why. According to this guide, slot selections are always changing and evolving as the different sites try to keep up with new games and compete with one another. And that means fresh and interesting content is vital. This would seem to open the door to a lot of films and shows that might have interest in gaming spreading their own brands through slot arcades.

All we mean by embellished is that if a movie or TV show is going to make it all the way to a console-quality game, it has to go beyond itself. Take a classic example in the form of the iconic Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007. It’s based on an actual James Bond film, and uses real characters and scenes from the film. However, it also injects additional bad guys, more challenging levels, and a multiplayer mode that became legendary. In other words, it was true to the film, but also went beyond the film. This sort of embellishment makes for an excellent opportunity for the right properties.

The idea here is simply that if one style works, other properties can probably take advantage of it too. This isn’t easily done for something like GoldenEye 007, but consider instead something like the mobile GO series from Square Enix Montreal. A report actually indicated this summer that this series is being discontinued, but a few great games emerged from the concept. Franchises including Tomb Raider and Hitman both got puzzle games that basically could have featured any characters or settings and been the same from a gameplay perspective.