Top 5: Best Games Based on Animated Series

Animated series. We watched them as kids and we continue watching them as adults. No matter when they came out, there’s something universally appealing about them that continues to lures us in. One way or another, video games based on them need to capture that very same essence that we find so compelling. All the games in this feature were included because they have that indescribable quality we find so attractive. Several games didn’t make the cut and some of the ones that made it were chosen because they are universally revered or because I absolutely adore them. Since this doesn’t intend to be the ultimate list, feel free to share a similar list in the comments section.


5. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage? (Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS)

Adventure Time is a really ridiculous show and that’s a huge part of its charm. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage? (and that’s the last time I’m copying that name…) is a 2D side-scrolling adventure game quite similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The game was positively received and the only criticisms were related to its short length. The game was also released digitally through eShop in late 2012.

Adventure Time (Nintendo 3DS)

4. The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable)

Simply called The Simpsons Game, this 3D action-platformer features a unique storyline that successfully mixes self-referential jokes and popular culture references. The premise is simple enough: The Simpsons family realize that they are in a video game and are given superpowers to make progress in that game. The visual aspect of the title and its sharp writing make The Simpsons Game a must-play, but some criticized its poor camera and short length.

The Simpsons Game

3. Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers & Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (NES)

Developed by Capcom, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 are sidescrolling platformers that came out for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 and 1994 respectively. The games feature single and two-player cooperative modes, allowing players to select which level to play next via a map. Both Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers were a commercial and critical success at their time of their release. The titles had great graphics for their time, solid gameplay and catchy music.

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers (NES)

2. The Simpsons: Hit & Run (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC)

Yes, another game based on The Simpsons! Hit & Run is an action-adventure game that borrows a lot from the Grand Theft Auto series and surprisingly, that formula works quite well for The Simpsons universe. The game follows The Simpsons family and Springfield citizens as they get involved in some truly bizarre incidents. Aliens, reality television, crop circles, memory loss and violent video games are some of the disparate elements that are part of this adventure. Critics praised Springfield’s meticulous recreation and the extremely funny jokes. Sadly, bugs, glitches and a broken camera were a significant part of Hit & Run. But despite some issues, this is a title that no fan of the series should miss.

The Simpsons Hit & Run

1. DuckTales (NES, Game Boy)

Not only is DuckTales one of the best games based on an animated series, but also one of the best games on the NES. The story is extremely simple: in the game, you assume the role of Scrooge McDuck as he travels around the world collecting precious gems and valuable objects to become the richest duck on the planet. Solid gameplay, colorful graphics, great level design and challenging difficulty make DuckTales a title that no one who likes video games should miss. If you missed it back in the day and you don’t want to track down a copy, you’ll be glad to hear that Capcom is working on DuckTales: Remastered, a high-definition remake that will come out on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013.

DuckTales (NES)

Some of the games that didn’t make the cut include: Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt, Family Guy, The Simpsons Arcade Game, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The Simpsons: Bart’s House of Weirdness, South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!, Taz: Wanted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Futurama.