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Inspiration: Literature

Group Description

This group contains games based on previously published works of literature and characters from those works. This can include novels, short stories, or any other form of written fiction, published in books, plays, magazines, in e-books or even online as text.

Limitations
  • If the game directly references content or design from another adaptation of a literary work (such as a movie), it is no longer considered to be based solely on the original work and is instead based on the new derivative work.

  • Works of literature which are based on an already existing game are not eligible for this group. In those cases the literature is inspired by the game, not the other way around.

  • Legendary characters such as Zeus, King Arthur or Robin Hood are based on a loose series of tales and mythology. For that reason, different materials have sprung up with completely different retellings and the characters themselves do not really apply to any particular piece of literature. These can only be included in this group if the game references a specific book, author, or story.

  • Games which merely recreate the atmosphere of a certain author or set of stories are not to be included in this group.
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Palace in Thunderland1981Apple IIMicro Lab...
Frankenstein Adventure1981Commodore 64, DOS, TRS-80Free Spirit Software Inc.3.00
Dracula1982IntellivisionImagic4.18
Klendathu1982TRS-80 CoCoTandy Corporation...
Shadowfax1982BBC Micro, Commodore 64, VIC-20, ZX SpectrumPostern Ltd.1.89
Bolo1982Apple IISynergistic Software, Inc.3.25
The Hobbit1982Amstrad CPC, Apple II, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Macintosh, MSX, Oric, PC Booter, ZX SpectrumAddison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.3.36
1994 (Ten Years After)1983Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumVisions (Software Factory) Ltd.1.43
Dragonriders of Pern1983Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64Epyx, Inc.4.00
Berenstain Bears1983Atari 2600Coleco Industries, Inc....
Frankenstein's Monster1983Atari 2600Data Age, Inc.3.25
Ten Little Indians1983Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Browser, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, Electron, ZX SpectrumChannel 8 Software4.17
Below the Root1984Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterWindham Classics3.69
Conan: Hall of Volta1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, FM-7, PC-88, Sharp X1Datasoft, Inc.4.13
Swiss Family Robinson1984Apple II, Commodore 64Windham Classics4.62
Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds1984ZX SpectrumComputer Rentals Limited...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Browser, Commodore 128, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC Booter, Tatung Einstein, TI-99/4A, TRS-80, TRS-80 CoCoInfocom, Inc.3.95
The Forest of Doom1984Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumPuffin Books Ltd.3.17
Dragonworld1984Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSXTelarium Corp.3.80
Robots of Dawn1984Apple II, Commodore 64Epyx, Inc.4.00
The Unorthodox Engineers: The Pen and the Dark1984BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMosaic Publishing2.00
Sherlock1984Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMelbourne House4.00
The Saga of Erik the Viking1984Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMosaic Publishing1.00
Nomad of Time1984Commodore 64Alternative Software Ltd....
Treasure Island1984Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumCommodore Business Machines (UK) Ltd.1.86
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Selected Covers

Sherlock ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Sherlock
1994 (Ten Years After) Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for 1994 (Ten Years After)
Conan: Hall of Volta Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Conan: Hall of Volta
Ten Little Indians Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Ten Little Indians

Selected Screenshots

Sherlock
Screenshot from Sherlock
1994 (Ten Years After) was produced by Janko, with the original game idea coming from K. J. Bezant.
Screenshot from 1994 (Ten Years After)
The narrator bear
Screenshot from Berenstain Bears
Title screen 1
Screenshot from Conan: Hall of Volta