We’ve all been there: a favorite game captivates us for hours, days, weeks and stays in our memories for years. Then, finally the big news: The movie based on the game is coming out! Young gamers among us rejoice, older ones groan knowingly, because film adaptations of games rarely live up to their expectations. But there is light at the end of the pixel tunnel. A few video game adaptations have actually become successful titles. Patrick from the GamesCoin editorial team has stocked up on popcorn and coke and selected his 3 favorites for you.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1 and 2)
As a child of the 90s, I had a Sega in my nursery in addition to the Nintendo, and with it came Sonic, who is kind of like a fast and blue Mario. If you owned a Sega, you were very likely (and quick) to jet through the looping 3D world of the blue hedgehog. With ratings of 63 percent and 69 percent, the movies are not exactly masterpieces, but they’re still among the top five gaming movies on the Rotten Tomatoes rating platform right now. Sega veterans can sit back and get nostalgic with their family, while the kids can enjoy this cheeky and spiky hero saving the day.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
A childhood dream come true: The blue (or red) edition was the first RPG I and many other school kids of the 90s had ever played. With the 2019 movie Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the beloved yellow Pokémon finally made it to the big screen – and best of all, the movie wasn’t a flop! The story has little in common with that of the Gameboy games, which does the movie probably more good than harm.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
There are a number of movies that I had high expectations for. Titles like Prince of Persia or Assassins Creed certainly would have had the potential for a good night out in the theaters – but those aren’t on the list. Instead, here’s a film adaptation that I’m sure no one was expecting: 2019’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 was not a movie I wanted, not one I anticipated, and not one I had any expectation of at all. But with an audience rating of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the angry birds on screen were at least as entertaining as the mobile game itself.