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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.
Sub-Groups: Authors Sub-Groups: Books Related Game Groups
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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
Shadowfax1982BBC Micro, Commodore 64, VIC-20, ZX SpectrumPostern Ltd.1.89
The Hobbit1982Amstrad CPC, Apple II, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Macintosh, MSX, Oric, PC Booter, ZX SpectrumAddison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.3.36
Klendathu1982TRS-80 CoCoTandy Corporation...
Bolo1982Apple IISynergistic Software, Inc.3.25
Dracula1982IntellivisionImagic4.20
Berenstain Bears1983Atari 2600Coleco Industries, Inc.1.00
Frankenstein's Monster1983Atari 2600Data Age, Inc.3.13
1994 (Ten Years After)1983Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumVisions (Software Factory) Ltd.1.43
Ten Little Indians1983Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Browser, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, Electron, ZX SpectrumChannel 8 Software4.17
Dragonriders of Pern1983Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64Epyx, Inc.4.00
Fahrenheit 4511984Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSXTelarium Corp.2.78
The Unorthodox Engineers: The Pen and the Dark1984BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMosaic Publishing2.00
Conan: Hall of Volta1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, FM-7, PC-88, Sharp X1Datasoft, Inc.4.13
The Forest of Doom1984Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumPuffin Books Ltd.3.17
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain1984ZX SpectrumPuffin Books Ltd.3.83
Below the Root1984Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterWindham Classics3.69
Sherlock1984Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMelbourne House4.00
Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds1984ZX SpectrumComputer Rentals Limited...
Dragonworld1984Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSXTelarium Corp.3.80
Macbeth1984Commodore 64The Avalon Hill Game Company2.83
Stickybear Town Builder1984Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSOptimum Resource, Inc.1.80
The Saga of Erik the Viking1984Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumMosaic Publishing1.00
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
Bolo Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for Bolo
Dragonworld DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dragonworld

Selected Screenshots

Sherlock
Screenshot from Sherlock
Title screen
Screenshot from Bolo
Title screen
Screenshot from Dragonworld