You Won’t Believe That These 10 Video Games Were Based On Books!

Did you know that many video games are based on books? No kidding! Who would’ve thought that the exciting world and characters that you’ve read in a great book would come to life in a video game! Today, we’ll show you 10 video games that are surprisingly based on great books!

1. Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege is a video game based on Tom Clancy’s 1998 counter-terrorism novel Rainbow Six,” says Christian Wake, a writer at State Of Writing and Ukwritngs. “The video game series centers around tactical shooting, planting and defusing bombs, and playing as different operators – attacking or defending. Whether you play the Lone Wolf campaigns, or play with others in multiplayer, you’ll be immersed in the world of Tom Clancy’s novel with its fast-paced action and strategic gameplay.”

2. The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature

Created by indie developers La Belle Games and Arte France, The Wanderer is a wonderous retelling of the Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein. In this game, you step into the shoes of the Frankenstein’s Creature, as he discovers the world around him. Filled with narrative direction, puzzles, and stunning visuals, players get an innocent point of view from the Creature, rather than a “monstrous” POV as perceived by onlookers.

3. Metro Exodus

Based on Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky’s 2005 post-apocalypse novels Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, the Metro video game series takes on a post-apocalyptic type vibe. Metro Exodus continues the end-of-the-world tropes by having players navigate through the torn-up world. From abandoned subway systems to places of nuclear horror, there is much to see in Metro.

4. The Witcher

One of the most popular RPGs in gaming, The Witcher has revolutionized how we think open-world games. But did you know that it was based on a 1986 short story “Wiedzmin” by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski? This short story about Geralt of Rivia and his adventures ultimately served as the blueprint of an amazing franchise with sequels and spin-offs.

5. I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream

Based on Harlan Ellison’s short story I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, this video game shares in its horrific and sci-fi tendencies. Set somewhere in the far future, the story follows the last few people on Earth, as they take on a supercomputer out to eradicate humans. By taking advantage of each person’s fears and insecurities, the computer controls anything and everything. In the game, players must each guide each survivor through simulated situations.

6. 80 Days

Based on Jules Vernes amazing novel Around the World in 80 Days, 80 Days offers a steampunk spin of our world. As the character Passepartout, the loyal valet of traveler Phileas Fogg, you both must race against time to mean a daring wager. The choices you make will affect how your story ends.

7. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth

Taking inspiration from Lovecraft’s stories, especially Shadow Over Innsmouth, Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth thrives on both mystery and psychological terror. Players must maneuver a weak and terrified protagonist through a world that challenges his sanity. Plus, there are many dangers and terrible things that will be encountered as you progress through the game, just as Lovecraft’s tales will do to readers.

8. American McGee’s Alice

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, American McGee’s Alice is a third-person action-adventure game that is a dark and violent reimagining of the original story. Following her parents’ violent deaths, Alice takes refuge in Wonderland, only for that world to be broken and dysfunctional like she is.

9. Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

Enslaved is a reimagining of the Chinese novel Journey To The West, also known as Arthur Wayley’s translation Monkey,” says Kimberly Wesley, a game expert at Academized and OXEssays. “In this game, the original story is reimagined as a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, where players must survive the strange world and its dangers. Nevertheless, the settings and plot are still based on the book.”

10. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Finally, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a video game series reimagining of the 1972 Russian sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic. A series of first-person sandbox shooters, its setting is a Chernobyl aftermath that has players explore and encounter dark secrets. Players are tasked to try and survive the strange world without succumbing to its darkness.


So, if you’re a lover of books, and ever wondered if your favorite story equates to an amazing video game, then look no further! Check out these 10 video games and have fun!

Madeline Miller is a writer at Paper Fellows and Essay Services. She is also a contributing writer for Write My Paper. As a content writer, she writes articles about gaming and coding.