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What Were They Thinking? 6 Terrible Video Games Based on Movies

Although there have been a handful of decent movies based on video games, it’s tough to make a list of successful games that were released as movie tie-ins. Goldeneye and… well, Goldeneye. Lucky for all of us, we have a veritable trash heap of terrible games to dig through–including the game that killed Atari.

worst movie video games

Jurassic Park: Trespasser

Jurassic Park should have been an easy game adaptation. You’ve got a built-in world with the theme park, plenty of monsters to fight, and even a final boss in the form of the T-Rex. So how did Trespassers go so wrong? In a word, it was boring. And the controls sucked. Oh, and the graphics weren’t great, either.

Street Fighter

Most of the games on this list were based on good-to-great movies. Not so for Street Fighter, which exists as the only video game based on a movie that was based on a video game. That’s like reading the novelization of the Harry Potter movies instead of the original books. It made no sense in 1995, when this clunky movie tie-in game was produced, and it makes no sense now.


Halle Berry’s Catwoman had the misfortune of being made before the big comic book movie bonanza. I mean, it would have been a terrible movie no matter when it was released, but at least it might have made some money.

The 2004 video game lives on in infamy as a bad tie-in for a terrible movie. There was literally no reason to play Catwoman unless you just liked watching her run around in a leather bra.

The Wizard of Oz

How do you make a 60-year-old movie cool for the youth market? Apparently, if it’s 1993 and you work for Nintendo, you give Dorothy a laser wand and drop her in a Prince of Persia platformer. Too bad the game’s controls were so frustrating you wished a house would fall from the sky and put you out of your misery.

E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial

This might be the most notorious video game of all time. The movie tie-in, made for the Atari 2600, is best known for being dumped in a New Mexico landfill. The designers were only given a few weeks to build the game, which focused on gathering Reese’s Pieces and parts for a phone (you know, to phone home). It actually sold well in 1982, but the remaining copies were literally buried in the Earth for their sins.

Honorable Mention: Kinect Star Wars

While the overall game wasn’t terrible–at least as far as Kinect titles go–we’ll never forget the embarrassment of watching Han Solo boogie down in the Galactic Dance Off mini-game.

Erin Long

Erin Elizabeth Long's obsession with geek culture started young and has only grown over the years. She loves playing RPGs and has strong opinions about 'Game of Thrones.'

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