Romantic Movies That Would Make Great Computer Games

There are lots of romantic movies from films released decades ago through to more recent ones but which of these movies would make great video games? Here we take a look at three films that we think could easily cross genres to become excellent computer games.

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

The Story

Groundhog Day is a superb romantic comedy starring Bill Murray as Phil the weather reporter and Andie MacDowell Rita his manager and love interest. The story is great fun from beginning to end with Phil waking up every morning to find he is stuck in a snowbound town with Rita and the weather team, repeating the same day over and over again.

For all the other characters in the movie the day is like any other and Phil cannot work out why he is stuck in time repeating the same day. At first he uses the situation to get to know people so he can use the information to his advantage in order to win over Rita but he soon feels trapped as the same old day is repeated making him wake up to the fact that he is suspended in time.

It is only when he wins the town's people over and impresses Rita enough to stay the night with him that he wakes up the next morning to find that it is another day and time has now moved on. Its a very funny movie with an excellent comedic performance from Bill Murray, while Andie MacDowell is great as his love interest.

The Video Game Story and Aim

Groundhog Day as a computer game would be excellent, as the basis for the game could be that Phil is trapped in time repeating the same day over and over, while the player must find a way to build up strength by the way of collecting stars in order to overcome all the obstacles thrown at Phil as he moves along.

The game could start in Phil's bedroom in the hotel with Phil going through the motions of getting ready to face the day. All the characters he meets en route he must interact with in order to collect stars while also avoiding obstacles so that he wont be killed and thrown back to the beginning.

Each scene in the film could become a level. To explain, level one could be Phil getting up and interacting with all the characters in the hotel as in the movie. Win that level and collect the stars to move on to the next level where Phil meets his old friend Ned Ryerson from the past, avoids the huge puddle and meets Rita at the site of the report where the groundhog will be presented.

The next levels could be produced from all the different scenes in the film such as where Phil learns to play the piano, where he saves the mans life who is choking in the restaurant and so on. Each time he succeeds in completing a task he is rewarded with a star. There could also be other bonuses to earn such as more time when a character is pleased with what Phil has done for them.

The possibilities in this game would be endless in terms of levels, the characters and the ending. The game would only be completed by playing all the levels successfully in order to win the girl and make time move on.

The Character to Control in the Video Game?

If this movie was made into a video game the obvious choice to become the character the player would control is Phil as he is the main man in the movie plus the story is central to his character. The player would guide Phil through all the different scenes interacting with the surrounding characters as he goes.

The game could be designed so that a lone player could enjoy the game, while a bonus game could be incorporated as a sideline where Phil would battle it out against the groundhog who is hoarding stars that he hides in all kinds of places on different levels.

Music and Sound

The obvious music to use in this game would be "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher as this is the song on the clock radio alarm that wakes Phil up every morning. Its a catchy tune that is as popular today as it was back in the sixties when it was first released.

The Phil character could come out with one liners when he interacts with other characters, just like he does in the movie. This will add comedy to the game, while he could also come out with romantic lines when he interacts with Rita such as when they build a snowman together.

Verdict

We think Groundhog Day would transfer from the big screen to computer screen well. It has all the elements needed in a story to engage characters in all kinds of adventures, while the game has an aim to it which is to win enough stars in order to win the heart of Rita who is Phil's love interest.

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

The Story

Pretty Woman is the story of Vivienne the hooker, played by Julia Roberts, who is saved from a life on the streets by Edward the businessman, played by Richard Gere. Its a very romantic film where Vivienne meets her Prince Charming in the course of her work and is whisked off to a life of luxury.

Vivienne and Edward come up against many obstacles on their journey to being together, while many of the characters in the film such as the shop assistants on Rodeo Drive and Edward's lawyer are very predjudiced toward Vivienne and try to wreck things for her.

Vivienne does however have people on her side such as the hotel manager and her best friend who is also a hooker, while the story takes many twists and turns before Edward finally admits he has fallen for the hooker he has hired for the week. The film has many funny scenes, while the main message of the movie is love will conquer all!

The Video Game Story and Aim

Making Pretty Woman into a video game is possible although we think as the subject matter involves a hooker it would have to be a game for over 18's. The game could begin on the strip where Vivienne is plying her trade surrounded by other hookers who are doing the same. The aim of the game is to get Vivienne off the streets, defeat the characters who want to stop her and ultimately get her man.

As this is an adult game there could be plenty of action sequences involving pimps and hookers along with car chases and police involement to bring the element of excitement into the game. Pretty Woman game could have lots of levels such as Vivienne trying to steal her way into the hotel past all the characters who want to stop her, Vivienne visiting the shops on Rodeo Drive in order to buy clothes, Vivienne at the races, Vivienne joyriding in Edward's sports car plus many more great scenes from the movie that could also feature.

We think all the characters that try to stop Vivienne getting what she wants could be zapped so earning bonuses that can be used to buy extras like a limousine or a glamorous wardrobe. The Vivienne character would be a sort of Lara Croft of the hooker world that also has a softer side.

The game could be designed to be played alone or to play with friends who could take on the role of the police or other characters who are against Vivienne. The game ends when Vivienne overcomes all the obstacles and characters in her way and gets her man.

The Character to Control in the Video Game?

The central character in the movie is Vivienne the hooker therefore we think the player should control Vivienne as she endeavours to overcome everything and everyone against her in order to win her knight in shining armour. Mini games could be incorporated into the main game such as, an against the clock game where the player has to buy Vivienne as many outfits as possible in a set time or where Vivienne has to avoid being found by her pimp when she is out and about.

Music and Sound

As the film title tells us this story is about a Pretty Woman with the Roy Orbison mega hit being the main title song therefore the obvious choice for accompanying music is the Pretty Woman hit. All kinds of other 80's music can also be used as the movie was made in the 80's plus levels played in night clubs or that have police chases will benefit from rock and pop music anthems playing along with the action.

The game could be filled with plenty of dialogue too with some of it being more colourful as it will be rated for 18 and above.

Verdict

Pretty Woman would make a great RPG that could be action packed and fun to play. The film has many scenes that would transfer over into a great video game on so many levels making it a game that would literally keep players occupied for hours.

Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

The Story

Romancing the Stone is a superb romantic adventure movie that involves kidnap, a treasure map, a villain and of course a hero. Romantic novelist Joan, played by Kathleen Turner, receives a treasure map in the post. It has been sent by her brother in law who has since been murdered, while her sister is kidnapped by villains in Colombia who want the map in return for her freedom.

Joan gets lost in the Colombian jungle and comes across our hero Jack, played by Michael Douglas, who offers to help her as he is interested in what the treasure map could lead to in terms of financial gain as he has his heart set on buying a luxury yacht.

The two embark on a great adventure that has many twists and turns before they do in fact achieve their goal. Fighting off villains and ultimately falling in love makes Romancing the Stone one of the best Rom Coms of the 1980's.

The Video Game Story and Aim

Romancing the Stone has the perfect format to be made into a great adventure video game where the main characters will embark on an exciting adventure through the jungles of Colombia in order to find the treasure on the map that the villains in the story are eager to get their hands on plus rescue Joan's sister from the kidnappers.

Joan and Jack can battle their way past jungle creatures, traps and jungle natives while all the time unlocking secret codes that give instructions on where to aim for next. They can pick up weapons along the way in order to fight off enemies and earn bonus points when destroying an enemy character, that can be used to gain more time.

As the game will be mostly set in the jungle the possibilities for action and excitement are endless, while destroying certain characters such as the Colombian thieves who are following them could propell the main characters to the next level. 

The Character to Control in the Video Game

The main character for players to control could be either Joan or Jack as both characters feature heavily in the movie spending all their time together. Players could play alone and control either Jack or Joan, while two players could assist each other by battling through the jungle together and succeeding in rescuing Joan's sister.

Music and Sound

"When the Going Gets Tough" sung by Billy Ocean is the theme tune to the movie and would make an excellent tune to play by too. Eighties music would also accompany the play well, while sound effect wise plenty of jungle sounds,  gun fire and explosions will all add to the atmosphere.

Verdict

Romancing the Stone would make an excellent video game as it gives a lot of scope for action and adventure along with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The jungle scenes are great fodder for plenty of action in terms of jungle fights and encounters with dangerous animals, while the treasure map element opens up all kinds of avenues in terms of story lines and outcomes.