The influence of classic and popular literature is far-reaching. From music to films and beyond, some of the world’s greatest books have been adapted and reimagined across many forms of media. Even the world of video games has turned to the magic of the literary world for inspiration. For book lovers who also happen to love a good video or casino game, here are just a few examples of successful book adaptations into the gaming format.
The Agatha Christie Series
Agatha Christie’s novels have been adapted for film and TV for many years but, in 2005, American developer AWE Productions released the first in a series of video games based on the author’s novels. So far, there have been a total of six titles launched on platforms including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Nintendo DS, Android, and Linux. The games were based on the novels And Then There Were None (1939), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Evil Under the Sun (1941), and The ABC Murders (1936).
It won’t surprise you to hear that J.K. Rowling’s epic Harry Potter book series has spawned an equally long series of video games. There’s been a total of 16 video game titles released since 2001, with another planned for release in 2022. Most of the games have been direct tie-ins to the books and movies, and have appeared on all the major platforms. Various Harry Potter slot games have also been released including Harry Trotter the Pig Wizard, Hogwarts, and the classic Harry Potter slot game.
Gone with the Wind
There’s a video slot game based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel. This title, produced by WMS Gaming Studios, proves the theory that there’s a video slot theme for just about everything, including historical fiction.
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Treasure Island (1882) remains a much-loved book, but Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic also got the video game treatment. The first game to bear its name was Treasure Island published by Mr Micro in 1984. The player assumed the role of the lead character Jim Hawkins and was tasked with leading him through various battles against pirates before a final boss battle with Long John Silver. The game was released on the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64.
In 1996, the Muppet Treasure Island game was launched for the Windows PC by Activision, while Destination: Treasure Island also arrived on PCs in 2006 to an overall positive reception. The game is set four years after the events in the novel and follows a fully grown Jim Hawkins as he sets sail on a new adventure.
These are just a few examples of best-selling books that have inspired video games over the years, a trend that looks set to continue in 2022 with the likes of Hogwarts Legacy and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.