Since nearly the dawn of the industry, licensed titles have been a major part of the video game business. From the infamous ET on Atari to modern games like Batman: Arkham City, developers have used licensed properties to promote their games and (hopefully) appeal to a legion of existing fans.
We've seen games based on movies, books, musicians, and much more, and while licensed games occasionally get a bad rap from critics, many of them are extremely memorable for their unique adaptations of other media.
And considering the power of television in our society, TV shows have always been a major part of these video game adaptations. We've seen games based on programs such as DuckTales, The Simpsons, professional wrestling, and much more. the most successful of these titles do a great job of capturing the essence of these programs, and let a player feel like they're taking part in one of their favorite shows.
In this latest Game Design Challenge, Game Career Guide challenged its readers to design new games based on their favorite television shows. What follows are the best and most original entries we received. Here are our top picks.
Jonny Pickton, Student of Design at Futureworks School of Media, Breaking Bad: Methcraft (see page 2)
Daniel 'CHaNG' Mariño, Student at WonderBubble, The Bit Bang Theory (see page 3)
Victor Georg Oliveira, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná State: Curitiba Country, Alan's Scam (see page 4)
Dario A. Michielini, Computer Game Engineer and Newcastle University Alumni, Oz Social (see page 5)
Felix Palabrica, Software Engineer, Early Edition (see page 6)