News

12 TV- and Movie-Inspired Video Games for the Holidays

Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and Harry Potter are among the film and television favorites releasing video games that you can give — or play! — this season and look forward to in 2019.

by | November 26, 2018 | Comments

Game of Thrones season 6, episode 10 - Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. photo: courtesy of HBO
(Photo by courtesy of HBO)

As this year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man proved, games based on popular film and television properties are best served when they don’t attempt to retell the same stories we’ve already seen on the big and small screens. Following in Spidey’s spandex footsteps, a number of new and upcoming games have adopted similar approaches, cleverly expanding on existing universes rather than retreading them for the interactive entertainment medium.

From blockbuster film franchises (Fast & Furious) to streaming serial hits (Game of Thrones), more and more of our favorite fictional universes are offering fresh, original opportunities for fans to interact with their characters, live in their worlds, and even shape their stories.

Whether you’re a gamepad-clutching Potter fan, a Ghostbusting smartphone geek, or a virtual reality enthusiast with a superhero complex, these 12 titles include some that should keep you busy between TV binge sessions and movie marathons this holiday season, a few great video games to give as gifts for Christmas, and others that you can look forward to in 2019.

How to give mobile games as gifts: iOS | Android


Out Now

REIGNS: GAME OF THRONES

Developer: Nerial
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Systems: iOS, Android, Steam
Release Date: Available now
Game of Thrones doesn’t return to HBO until next year, but winter has already come in the latest game based on the Seven Kingdoms-conquering series. Offering a fun twist on the high-fantasy franchise, Reigns: Game of Thrones puts players under the capes and crowns of would-be rulers — from Sansa and Tyrion to Cersei and Daenerys — and lets them live out potential alternate futures and fates based on Melisandre’s mysterious visions.


GHOSTBUSTERS WORLD

Developer: Next Age
Publisher: FourThirtyThree Inc.
Systems: iOS, Android
Release Date: Available now
A new take on the location-based, augmented-reality genre that saw millions of players capturing Pokemon in their local park, Ghostbusters World puts players behind a Proton Pack. Well, fans will actually wield their smartphones, but they’ll barely notice the difference once they’re using the smart-devices to suck up Slimer, battle the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in their backyard, and bust hundreds of other ghosts in real-world locations.


THE EXORCIST: LEGION VR

Developer: Wolf & Wood
Publisher: Fun Train
Systems: PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Release Date: Available now
Thanks to the immersion-cranking effects of virtual reality, The Exorcist: Legion VR subjects fans to scares more terrifying than those that defined the classic horror franchise. Beneath the reality-ratcheting headset, players assume the role of a demon-hunting detective who — over the course of five nerve-fraying episodes – explores creepy tombs, investigates ritualistic killings and, of course, raises a few crucifixes in the face of demonic possession.


CREED: RISE TO GLORY

Developer: Survios
Publisher: Survios
Systems: PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Release Date: Available now
Based on the rejuvenated Rocky franchise, Creed: Rise to Glory isn’t just another mindless, button-mashing boxing game. Brought to face-pummeling life in virtual reality, the experience not only puts you in the gloves of Adonis Creed — while training with the Italian Stallion himself — but its physical gameplay offers a workout that’d make Ivan Drago break a sweat.


MARVEL POWERS UNITED VR

Developer: Sanzaru Games
Publisher: Oculus Studios
Systems: Oculus Rift
Release Date: Available now
Marvel fans who’ve dreamed of smashing foes from behind Hulk’s fists or webbing-up baddies with a flick of Spider-Man’s wrists will want to suit-up for Marvel Powers United VR. A fan-pleasing mix of virtual reality and Marvel’s massive roster of heroes and villains, the game lets players unleash all the powers and weapons — from Thor’s hammer and Cap’s shield to Deadpool’s katanas and Wolverine’s claws — from a first-person perspective that feels incredibly real inside the Oculus Rift headset.


LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTION

Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Systems: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4
Release Date: Available now
Whether you’ve adventured through the LEGO Harry Potter games a hundred times or you’re a newcomer looking to bust some bricks in the Wizarding World, this definitive, remastered edition provides the absolute best way to kick Voldemort’s block-y butt. This Hagrid-sized compilation, which features both games and spans all eight films, includes enhanced graphics, environments, and visual effects, as well as a pair of magic-expanding DLC packs.


Coming Soon

STAR TREK FLEET COMMAND

Developer: DIGIT Game Studios
Publisher: Scopely/CBS Interactive
Systems: iOS, Android
Release Date: Nov. 29, 2018
With Star Trek: Discovery prepping to beam up for its second season and Jean-Luc Picard’s return confirmed, there’s never been a better time to be a Trekkie. The fan service continues with Star Trek Fleet Command, a multiplayer mobile offering that combines role-playing elements and real-time battles to deliver story-driven, deep-space skirmishes that should please fans of any faction.


FAST & FURIOUS: TAKEDOWN

Developer: SMG Studios
Publisher: Universal Games, Digital Platforms
Systems: iOS, Android
Release Date: Late 2018
The next Fast & Furious film has been delayed a year, but fans needn’t wait till 2020 to satisfy their need for speed. Fast & Furious: Takedown puts players behind the wheel of 60-plus licensed rides, including favorites from the films — like Dom’s Dodge Charger and Hobbs’ tank-like truck — before letting them tear up the blacktop in missions guided by the movies’ popular cast of speed limit-breaking characters.


CRIMINAL MINDS: THE MOBILE GAME

Developer: Blue Giraffe
Publisher: FTX Games
Platforms: iOS, Android
Release Date: Late 2018
This mobile-game take on the long-running CBS crime drama puts fans behind the case-cracking skills of a Behavioral Analysis Unit agent. Alongside favorite characters Rossi, Prentiss, Reid, J.J., Garcia, Lewis, Alvez, and Simmons, players race against the clock to profile suspects, analyze crime scenes, and follow the clues that’ll ultimately help the BAU team put the country’s most twisted criminal minds behind bars.


Coming in 2019

DRAGONS: TITAN UPRISING

Developer: Ludia
Publisher: Universal Games, Digital Platforms
Systems: iOS, Android
Release Date: Early 2019
Ahead of next year’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World from DreamWorks Animation, fans are invited to reunite with their favorite fire-breathers in a match-3 mobile offering based on the animated fantasy franchise. Titan Uprising puts a fresh spin on the popular genre, challenging players to build the ultimate team of winged creatures by hatching, nurturing, and creating powerful dragon hybrids to conquer nearly 800 puzzle battles.


HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE

Developer: WB Games, Niantic
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Systems: iOS, Android
Release Date: 2019
The clever folks behind the Pokemon GO phenomenon are applying their augmented-reality magic to a new, Wizarding World–themed take on the genre. Of course, it’s the fans who will be casting spells, as they wield their smart-devices like wands in the real/muggle world to interact with the Potterverse and its populace of menacing creatures and mysterious characters.


LOONEY TUNES: WORLD OF MAYHEM

Developer: Aquiris Game Studio
Publisher: Scopely/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: iOS, Android
Release Date: 2019

With Space Jam 2 headed to the big screen, it’s the perfect time for Looney Tunes fans to reacquaint themselves with their favorite friends and foes from Warner Bros.’ stable of animated stars. Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem invites players to do just that, as they build a dream team of toon brawlers, from Yosemite Sam and Sylvester to Tweety and Taz, to take on opponents in epic, explosive, over-the-top displays of cartoon violence.

Tag Cloud

docudrama book 21st Century Fox Superheroe kids rotten movies we love Cosplay jamie lee curtis hist romantic comedy emmy awards Nat Geo elevated horror space Crackle series classics vampires SXSW tv talk theme song Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pirates Hallmark Adult Swim screenings Television Critics Association blockbuster Film Festival YouTube Food Network Lifetime Acorn TV nbcuniversal Marvel hispanic dceu superhero Hulu critics Women's History Month die hard remakes TLC CNN Rock American Society of Cinematographers USA Amazon Studios HBO Go worst Holiday E3 Anna Paquin Drama sitcom GLAAD game of thrones period drama serial killer GoT Marvel Studios comic asian-american halloween tv DC streaming service See It Skip It Showtime Year in Review cops Arrowverse Disney Channel Apple TV+ 71st Emmy Awards Ovation Film Heroines ESPN natural history golden globes blaxploitation Lifetime Christmas movies war USA Network Writers Guild of America 2016 Trivia hollywood Comedy Central FOX anime toronto ratings joker VICE zero dark thirty documentary History Crunchyroll TCA 2017 Television Academy TCA talk show Family slashers game show Comics on TV singing competition Box Office Country reboot Pixar DirecTV television FX on Hulu animated documentaries dramedy discovery cancelled television Valentine's Day Song of Ice and Fire universal monsters Pride Month Mudbound Interview Spring TV best Reality Competition President TV Land supernatural Syfy Stephen King romance Awards Fall TV YA politics MSNBC science fiction First Look BET BBC America RT History witnail Extras dogs Rom-Com composers NYCC Quiz twilight comics cancelled TV shows HBO Set visit Walt Disney Pictures Comic Book transformers Fox Searchlight biography PBS Animation Peacock stand-up comedy aliens films GIFs WGN Countdown crime Rocky justice league Lionsgate revenge child's play 2017 south america festivals social media movie facebook Summer Podcast The Walking Dead Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt what to watch Best and Worst Superheroes mutant The Purge Emmys Turner Classic Movies VOD stop motion adaptation El Rey OWN DC Comics Lucasfilm a nightmare on elm street Pop TV travel Cartoon Network Schedule Star Wars cartoon Dark Horse Comics The CW The Witch AMC PlayStation Sundance Now reviews Toys werewolf doctor who Epix Nominations Disney+ Disney Plus crime thriller Paramount VH1 Avengers boxoffice concert historical drama Amazon BBC foreign TBS mockumentary breaking bad Biopics casting 2015 Endgame TIFF Tarantino comedies LGBTQ Binge Guide Winter TV dragons batman cancelled strong female leads 2019 sports stoner Awards Tour indie Chernobyl DGA Star Trek The Academy halloween canceled Paramount Network Pop IFC Films ghosts harry potter Netflix criterion TruTV sequels Winners Comedy Disney Discovery Channel Trailer TCM political drama Mary Tyler Moore OneApp diversity Certified Fresh NBC BET Awards award winner WarnerMedia IFC satire Opinion Apple Captain marvel Action Musicals Polls and Games robots binge Mystery Super Bowl Shondaland Shudder archives streaming Disney streaming service festival nature ABC Family unscripted children's TV movies CBS All Access MTV Sci-Fi X-Men venice french spider-man 24 frames Black Mirror versus Masterpiece TCA Winter 2020 Reality Calendar Mindy Kaling spanish language TCA Awards parents Fox News Fantasy Sony Pictures green book Western anthology 72 Emmy Awards Black History Month Nickelodeon police drama Logo BAFTA cancelled TV series CMT mission: impossible quibi Emmy Nominations Thanksgiving CBS DC Universe YouTube Red indiana jones HBO Max Mary poppins comiccon Pet Sematary Ghostbusters Spike canceled TV shows disaster Warner Bros. news MCU Ellie Kemper 20th Century Fox Sundance TV Academy Awards Vudu 007 Holidays APB TV Disney Plus SundanceTV FX video on demand toy story Turner Apple TV Plus Red Carpet Brie Larson A24 Elton John 45 Tubi SDCC latino Musical based on movie Martial Arts Rocketman Teen Sneak Peek dc sag awards spain psychological thriller Trophy Talk nfl zombie Amazon Prime Kids & Family Columbia Pictures 2020 CW Seed San Diego Comic-Con italian Classic Film medical drama Infographic true crime cults chucky TNT RT21 ITV Oscars Premiere Dates finale crossover cars zombies The Arrangement BBC One Christmas scary movies franchise richard e. Grant dark First Reviews spanish Netflix Christmas movies Marvel Television independent Horror miniseries 4/20 Baby Yoda worst movies cats FXX Tumblr directors Mary Poppins Returns Creative Arts Emmys Bravo cooking Amazon Prime Video scorecard name the review cinemax New York Comic Con free movies Video Games sequel Esquire obituary YouTube Premium Marathons TV renewals all-time renewed TV shows Music crime drama fast and furious rotten spinoff screen actors guild ABC video Character Guide LGBT adventure thriller Hear Us Out Spectrum Originals Election A&E christmas movies Sundance technology Travel Channel spy thriller teaser PaleyFest laika football Hallmark Christmas movies 2018 Tomatazos Cannes Photos psycho National Geographic Grammys Starz Funimation Watching Series Freeform Britbox E! Universal