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In 1982, the emerging fever for video games intertwined its destiny with the millionaire film industry: Atari acquired the adaptation rights of Raiders of the Lost Ark and, in the process, Raiders of the lost ark for Atari 2600 it became the first video game based on a movie.

A master move for both Atari and Lucas really profitable. Enough to create a precedent that continues to this day, with its respective joys and notorious dislikes.

Because, although there were many joys and very free adaptations of film productions, the truth is that the debacle of the E.T. it still resonates: the game should be finished by Christmas, and unfortunately for everyone, it was.

Considering that we will continue to see movie adaptations on consoles and PCs for years, in Extra Life We want to approach this singular phenomenon from a different point of view: to bring together in the same place the first conversions to videogames of Hollywood blockbusters.

We have limited the selection to 21, a generous number knowing that we have many left in the pipeline, and we wanted to focus on 8-bit systems (NES, Master System, Spectrum, Commodore 64…) to make the set more concise and interesting.

In terms of games and movies, we have taken into account the impact of the film both commercially and culturally, so we fear that adaptations of Howard the Duck or Dick Tracy will have to wait for another time. However, we can always expand the list among everyone through the comments.

Without further ado: below you will find 21 hits from the 80s cinema that we play on consoles and other 8-bit systems.

Aliens: The Computer Game

Although, the first installment of Fox’s space horror saga does not enter our list by the minimum (it was released in 1979) so much Alien as its sequel directed by James Cameron they were played on 8-bit computers and adapted the original third-person experience to them.

In the case of Aliens: The Computer Game We are in for a real surprise, in a good way: a first-person survival adventure in which we must fight our way through a labyrinthine setting. A prelude to the excellent Alien Isolation through the lens of 8-Bit systems.

Back to the Future: The Game and Back to the Future II

  • Movie: Back to the Future Saga / Back to the Future
  • System: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Master System, NES and ZX Spectrum

The DeLorean trilogy was played in its entirety on 8-Bit computers: the first time travel of Marty McFly It was on behalf of Electric Dreams Software, offering us a side scrolling adventure. For its part, Back to the future II, the sequel, tested our ability to use the hoverboard on compatible systems and desktops.

As a curiosity, although the third film installment of the saga was released in the new decade, it was also played on the NES and Master System with one major difference: while SEGA released a game for each film on its system, the not very acclaimed editor LJN released them in the same cartridge (Back to the future Part II and III) on the Nintendo console.

bat Man

  • Movie: Batman
  • System: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES and ZX Spectrum

By the end of the 1980s the whole world had succumbed to the batman generated by the Warner film, and that meant the incursion of Tim Burton’s masked crusader in video games in style and in practically all existing systems.

Special mention to the NES classic, titled Batman: The Video Game, a sensational platform action game from Sunsoft that shone in its own right, skipping interesting parts of the film and Danny Elfman’s scores to bullfighting to bring the Gotham bat to settings that, let’s be fair, would have worked in any game.


The movie of Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen it represents practically all the clichés that we have today regarding the cinema of the 80s; And the same can be said for each and every one of the conversions that Ocean made for 8-Bit desktop systems: pure action in side scrolling through stages and generic enemies. Which is not bad, all be said.

Die hard

Although the movie of Bruce Willis It was released in 1988, its adaptation to the video game by Activision will be in 1990, practically coinciding with the arrival of the sequel on the billboards. Of course, through two somewhat different gaming experiences.

For Commodore 64, Activision opted to make us cross a Nakatomi Plaza on lateral levels, reinforcing the feeling of survival. On the NES, however, they opted for a Top-Down perspective that not only suited the scoundrel of John McClane, but accentuated the tone of action of the proposal.

Friday the 13th: The Computer Game

  • Movie: Friday the 13th
  • System: Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, NES and ZX Spectrum

Released in 1985 in 8-bit systems and four years later on the NES, the different adaptations in survival code of the horror film saga can be considered the germ of current successes such as Dead by Daylight: we embody a camper who adapts and survives on a deadly rescue mission, avoiding at all costs to run into a homicidal maniac on the loose.

Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II

  • Movie: Ghostbusters
  • System: Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Master System, NES and ZX Spectrum

Developed by Activision and released well behind the movies, the official film adaptations of Ghostbusters they were perhaps too arcade an experience in which we must clean the city of ghosts with excessively simple game mechanics.

Something more interesting were the sequels inspired by the second film installment, also with the Activision signature, in which a brave step towards action was taken, despite the fact that visually it was not in tune with what had already been seen in 8 systems. -bits.

Gremlins – The Adventure

  • Movie: The Gremlins
  • System: Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum

The Gremlins They found a way to sneak into 8-bit systems! In essence, Gremlins – The Adventure is a textual adventure developed and published by Adventure International (it even arrived in Spanish) in which we must prevent these mischievous creatures from unleashing chaos in Kingstons Falls based on text commands. Quite a challenge.


  • Movie: The Immortals
  • System: Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum

The debut of Connor MacLeod in video games it came from the hand of Ocean and almost at the same time as the movie of the same name. However, the gaming experience failed to match the great sensations of the 1986 film.

Highlander is a sword fighting game that instead of transmitting the emotion of the duels between prodigious immortal warriors, it is dedicated to testing the patience of the player through clumsy movements and endless combats.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game

LucasFilm said goodbye to the 80s in style with Indiana Jones and his best film to date and two very different adaptations to video games: in addition to the superb graphic adventure of LucasFilm Games for PCs, he produced for 8 systems. -bits a not so well aged alternative focused on platform action.

Like the fearless Indiana JonesOur purpose will be to find the Chalice that Jesus Christ drank from during the Last Supper before it falls into the hands of the German army. Of course, as it is guessed from the subtitle, more than an archaeological expedition it is a Nazi purge carried out whip in hand.

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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

  • Movie: Moonwalker
  • System: Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Master System and ZX Spectrum

The phenomenon of Michael jackson expanded from the recording industry to all media and formats, and thanks to Lunar walker, the playable adaptation of the film in which practically all his video clips were integrated, we were able to control the King of Pop in arcades, consoles and 8-bit systems.

It could be said that, despite being the same base, Lunar walker has received different treatments. U.S. Gold handled the 8-bit computer versions, while SEGA made custom conversions for the arcade, Mega Drive, and Master System. Being the versions of the company of the hedgehog the most interesting.

Bonus Phase: Crime Abbey

We reached our traditional bonus phase with one very special exception. The Abbey of Crime is an exceptional adaptation of the novel and film of The name of the rose with a very particular nuance: its creators did not obtain the copyright.

However, the Abbey of Crime, not only shines for its nature as a video game, but for its importance in the legacy of the video game Made in Spain. An essential pillar of our legacy in this passion.

Nightmare in Elm street

The video game adaptations of the horror saga perpetrated by the legendary Wes craven have passed through exceptional hands and very different visions:

  • In Commodore 64, the video game was in the hands of Westwood (no less), who swept home betting on an adventure with an RPG tinge that was played from a bird’s eye view.
  • On the other hand, Rare took the cat to the water by adapting Freddy’s nightmares very lightly to the NES under the distribution of LJN with an experience of hit them for up to four players via multitap.

Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III

  • Movie: Rambo Saga
  • System: Master System, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES and ZX Spectrum

For decades, the character of John rambo It has been the mold from which countless mercenaries and Green Berets have emerged in action video games and shooters. Logically, their official games cannot go in another direction.

Adaptations of the second and third films in the saga Rambo They went through different studies over the same years, from Ocean to Acclaim to SEGA itself, and in all of us we are faced with a similar pattern: advancing and reducing entire armies based on lead. What else for?


Movie: Robocop
System: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES and ZX Spectrum

John Rambo and Terminator’s battle partner in Mortal Kombat 11, the first RoboCop movie was set to be a blockbuster and Data East secured the rights after its theatrical release, though it will only develop the PC and arcade versions.

For their part, the 8-Bit editions will be borne by Ocean (Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum) and Sakata SAS (NES) carrying the heavy hero half robot, half human and Police 100% to action scenarios and side scrolling with the occasional first-person pointing option.

Short circuit (short circuit)

  • Movie: Short Circuit
  • System: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum

The good of Johnny 5 He lent himself wonderfully to starring in his own video game, and Ocean saw the opportunity: a year after the premiere of the movie Short Circuit, the robot with huge eyes was dragging its crawler wheels in 8-bit systems through a puzzle adventure in lateral displacement.

The Star Wars trilogy

The arcade game of Star Wars It was all a claim on the part of Atari, but it was not the first to be adapted to video games: in 1982 the video game The Empire Strikes Back will arrive on the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision from the hand of Parker Brothers and a year later, coinciding with the movie, the game Return of the Jedi.

It was Atari itself that reimagined both films through different games and experiences on 8-bit systems. And, well into the 90s, the already established LucasFilm Games will do the same on the NES. As we select an experience, we are left with the compilation of The Star Wars trilogy, with the three Atari titles adapted to 8-bit computer systems by Domark Limited.

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The bad death

The first title based on the acclaimed black comedy horror film Infernal Possession of Sam raimi will be released in 1984, and that it took more than 15 years for there to be a new game almost justifies itself: Palace Software opted for a too modest Top-Down -even for the time- to make us experience terror and action too decaffeinated.

The goonies

  • Movie: The Goonies
  • System: Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, NES and ZX Spectrum

Adaptations of The goonies videogames, the much-loved adventure film by Richard Donner, are a very special case: there are up to three versions, if we count that in the box of one of them it is presented as a sequel.

  • At first, Datasoft launched in 1985 an adventure with a pronounced arcade cut and a platform progression system for computers. A total of levels taken from scenes from the movie.
  • Just a year later Konami took over the rights and published on arcade and NES a more platform adventure experience with wider levels and puzzle elements.
  • Finally, in 1987 Konami herself will be removed from the hat The goonies ii for the 8-bit Nintendo. Now, more than being a continuation of the previous movie or game, it is a new video game that seeks to give continuity to the previous NES title.

The terminator

  • Movie: Terminator
  • System: Atari 8-bit, Master System and NES

We open the list with James Cameron and we almost closed it with the Canadian director through his second best-known saga: The terminator it was released in theaters in 1984 but its first official games will take almost a decade to arrive (the first will be published between 1991 and 1992), taking advantage of the enormous pull of the imminent sequel.

However, and despite the fact that the robot with the appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger presides over the covers of all the versions, which all copies of The terminator are two things: the protagonism of Kyle Reese (the hero of the film) and the classic action in side scrolling through time.

Top gun

The aviation movie of Tom cruise It could only be transferred to video games in one way: through an aerial combat simulator. Konami (who made the NES version) and Ocean (almost everyone else) managed to put us in the cockpits of the film’s F-14 Tomcat by putting the possibilities and limitations of 8-bit systems to the test.

The most curious thing? As you already did with the gooniesKonami didn’t cut the slightest bit when it came to releasing a sequel to the game based on the movie for the NES: Top Gun: the second mission. Fast forward nearly three decades to the sequel on the big screen.


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‘Da 5 Bloods’ should win the award for best soundtrack of the year



On April 25 we will meet the winners of the ninety-third edition of the Oscars. The winners will be chosen thanks to the vote of all academics, a process that, it must be remembered, is not the same employee when choosing the nominations.

In the case of the category of best original soundtrackIt is the Music Branch (musical branch of the academy, that is, those composers, musicians and lyricists with the right to vote) who chooses the Oscar finalists.

That is why the nominations have always been more important and relevant to me than the winners; This is a recognition obtained thanks to their colleagues, which was evident in some of the mentions over the years (the case of Alex North or Thomas Newman, composers respected by film music composers but who fail on the spot. time to be chosen to win the award.).

This time, we have a eclectic selection of scores, which although it is far from representing the best of the original soundtrack in 2020, does deserve respect and consideration.

Terence Blanchard deserves to win the Oscar this year … but will probably lose

The score that should receive the award is “Give 5 Bloods”. Brothers in Arms ”, composed by Terence blanchard. Nineteenth professional collaboration with the director Spike lee, Blanchard finally enjoys the merit that his work deserves. You can listen to it on Spotify.

After a (belated) first nomination for “Infiltrated in the KKKlan” (“BlacKKKlansman”), Lee’s new film allows him to unleash his jazz skills (remember that Blanchard is one of the highest rated trumpeters of recent times.) to transfer to an orchestra with an American tone. Get a narrative staging that is sometimes reminiscent of the long-awaited master Jerry Goldsmith and culminates in moments of triumph, perhaps reminiscent of the best John Williams.

It sounds stale, with a type of music rarely found in movies these days.. It is an admirable score and has the problem of sharing footage with a series of Marvin Gaye songs that do not coerce his sense of heroism.

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Additionally, this work by Blanchard has garnered the film’s only Academy Award nomination. This data is interesting to say the least and leads to the idea that the Music Branch was very clear from the beginning that this score deserved to be considered one of the 5 of the year.

The works that have only deserved one nomination in this category are usually works of enormous quality that demonstrate that a score can stand out despite the film that accompanies it, is the case of ‘El Bosque’, ‘Resistencia’, ‘Los Girasoles’ or ‘El Violín Rojo’.

Except for the last title, they do not usually come out victorious since they do not have enough support to win the award, since this award is usually received for other circumstances (as an accompaniment to the best film of the year, as a drag from other technical awards or artistic and regulars as consolation, especially to the nominees for best picture).

It’s rare for a movie to win only in the Best Original Score category.. In any case, it is extraordinary that the Academy has recognized Terence Blanchard as’ Da 5 Bloods. Hermanos de Armas’ is one of the best movie soundtracks of recent times.

The forecast: “Soul” will win

Everything indicates that the winner will be ‘Soul’, a work already commented on when reviewing the most relevant soundtracks of last year. Recall that the original score of the latest Pixar film is written by both the duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as for the jazz player Jon batiste but they did not work together to develop it.

This fact seemed to take its toll at the time of the nominations, through a disqualification (something that has happened previously with soundtracks of this type) but the Academy has seen with good eyes (and ears) the musical work, and the soundtrack has become The favorite after winning at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the Critics Choice Awards, something that had not happened with an animated film since ‘Up’, from the same studio.

‘Soul’ is receiving these awards because it has an advantage in its favor and it is the jazz genre has an important narrative weight within the film. Still, the work on the soundtrack is scarce as you have two parts each working on their own.

Reznor & Ross create a strange electronic pastiche for sequences that take place in the afterlife (or more here) and Jon Batiste enhances the jazzy nature of the protagonist with short, dynamic notes of jazz in the real world. You could say that “Soul” is being rewarded by music that on certain occasions it is diegeticIn other words, it is heard by the characters in the film and does not belong in the score.

And that is One of the best ways to win the Oscar for best original soundtrack is usually to accompany a movie where the music is relevant.Check out the aforementioned “The Red Violin” or “Around Midnight” by Herbie Hancock (a score full of pre-existing songs that outrageously snatched the award from “The Mission”).

Everything indicates that Reznor & Ross will win their second statuette after ‘The Social Network’ and Jon Batiste (who is also the leader of the famous television show ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’) will enter this select club of winners.

Much more interesting would be to award Reznor & Ross for their other Oscar-nominated soundtrack: “Mank.” For this work, both artists have had to leave their comfort zone and with the help of the orchestrator Conrad Pope and the saxophonist And Higgins, I have recreated the world of Hollywood of the 30s 20th century.

Composers abandon electronics and have produced an orchestral soundtrack whose starting point is Bernard Herrmann (composer of ‘Citizen Kane’) but that ends which unfolds through a beautiful romantic waltz and a series of jazz tunes. It is evident that Reznor & Ross lacks tables to be able to develop this score narratively and although the final result is irregular, there is no doubt that it is a soundtrack worthy of admiration and that shows that they are capable of surprising in other areas. and genres.

However, the score has little chance of winning as they compete against themselves for “Soul”. It is often said that when an artist is nominated twice, it is more difficult to win because the votes are divided. In my opinion, I think this is very rare, since the ballots for the best original soundtrack do not include the names of the candidates and have also won the composers John Williams and Alexandre Desplat, in 1977 and 2014 respectively, even with this circumstance.

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James Newton Howard He is one of the favorite songwriters of recent times, especially as a result of his collaboration (now non-existent) with M. Night Shyamalan. He is a solvent, interesting film music composer, with a professionalism and elegance available to few. Therefore, it is still surprising, and much, that at this point in the film, the composer I still don’t have an Oscar for his good craft.

With ‘Noticias del Gran Mundo’ he has a new opportunity, the ninth of his career (two of them were for best original song) but everything points to it being empty. Newton Howard is one of the Music Branch’s most beloved and respected composers, and sometimes he doesn’t need a blockbuster movie to see his work rewarded (the aforementioned ‘The Forest’ or ‘Resistance’).

With permission from “Hidden Life”, “Big World News” is his most important job in years and it has ended up getting nominations even for the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs (something unusual since Newton Howard is not so relevant for these awards).

Personally, it seems like a correct work but it falls a bit short within the composer’s ability. His music for the end credits is extraordinary but I wish the rest of the score had been just as risky when it came to musicalizing the western and the adventure, something the composer has previously done with better results in works like ‘Oceans of Fire’ or ‘Wyatt Earpp’, a fundamental soundtrack of the genre in the 90s.

Many wonder how James Newton Howard could go home empty again and the answer is obvious: needs a major award-level movie to win. He has the respect and professionalism to do a good job and be nominated but he needs a powerful film capable of generating conversation on the subject of the awards, something that the last candidate this year does have.

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“Minari. Story of my family” by Emile mosseri it’s a atypical soundtrack, strange and that has reached the nomination pushed by the great potential in terms of awards that the film has had.

Mosseri must be the first surprised to have landed an Oscar nomination, since this very young 35-year-old composer, Berklee graduate and leader of an independent marching band, has hardly worked in the movies. This is his fourth film and it develops an interesting potential that I am proud that the Music Branch has received and awarded a nomination.

The music of ‘Minari’ stands in stark contrast to the idyllic tone that Lee Isaac Chung seeks to capture with his images. This is an atmospheric soundtrack in new age tones that can feel fresh and cozy at the same time. It even develops an alienating tone within its seemingly simple instrumentation. It is a very suitable sound for what the narrative of the film intends.

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Mosseri builds his score from two beautiful songs sung in Korean that return us to a sound more typical of the 80s / 90s, similar to the works of Angelo Badalamenti at that stage.

It is a curious soundtrack and it has been lucky enough to be accompanied by a film that has enormous potential in terms of awards, hence its recognition since in other circumstances it would surely have gone unnoticed. Right now is the only alternative to competing with “Soul” for the award in this category.

It should be noted that other works that were in the preselection such as the extraordinary ‘Blizzard of Souls’ by Lolita Ritmanis have been left out, while works as enjoyable as’ The Call of the Wild’ by John Powell or ‘The Incredible Story of David Copperfield ‘by Christopher Willis, they weren’t even on the list.

It is worrying that, more and more, the same names and titles are repeated in the different awards. Look forward to the times when, despite having fewer ceremonies, there were more opportunities to get creative with the music on the soundtrack.


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why the spin-off with Greta Gerwig and Meg Ryan didn’t come to fruition



It took seven years since the completion of “How I Met Your Mother” until it was confirmed that we will have a sequel directed by Hilary Duff telling us the story of how he met the father of his son. However, it has not been the first attempt to try to take advantage of the success of the series starring Josh radnor, since already in 2014 a spin-off could be launched that was going to have the participation of Greta Gerwig and Meg Ryan.

A project that seemed promising

The origins of “How I Met Your Dad” date back to February 2014, the month before the end of “How I Met Your Mother” divided fans of the series, and some of them hated it with a passion. This was likely one of the reasons CBS didn’t work too hard to move the project forward, but Let’s go over the details a bit earlier.

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, creators of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ were behind her, participating in the writing of the pilot episode script with Emily Spivey, creator of the comedy ‘Without hitting an eye’, also counting on the collaboration in that facet of Gerwig , who was starting to make a name for himself in Hollywood at that time thanks to his participation in ‘Frances Ha’.

The episode was filmed with Rob Greenberg, signer of seven episodes of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, behind the cameras and telling the story of Sally (Gerwig), a young woman somewhat lost in life who is thinking of getting divorced despite having been married less than a year ago, getting advice from his friends on how to proceed.

The reason for his “death”

The cast of “How I Met Daddy” also featured Drew Tarver, Nicholas D’August, Andrew Santino and Ryan, who was going to act as the narrator in the series, that being one of the main points in common with “How I Met Your Mother.” Everything seemed to go smoothly, but in May of that year it became known that CBS had decided not to give the green light to the project, but the reason was something unexpected: Bays and Thomas refused to reroll the pilot, which ended up leaking long ago. later.

Of the chain they highlighted that there were elements of the pilot that did not work, so they wanted to see if they could solve the problems, following a bit the same formula as with ‘The Big Bang Theory’, whose premiere was postponed a year to re-record the episode, changing from step to part of its cast.

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CBS’s refusal to go ahead with the material they had allowed 20th Century Fox, producer of the series, tries to find a new home for the project. At that time there was talk of a possible interest on the part of Netflix, NBC and FOX, but an agreement was not reached, the contract with the actors expired and Bays himself confirmed in July through his twitter account that the project was dead.

In this way, Gerwig was free and had plenty of time to focus on ‘Lady Bird’, her acclaimed first film as a director that she dedicated herself to writing. I confess that I am curious to know what would have come out of “How I Met Your Dad”, but not enough that in return we probably would have run out of the movie starring him. Saoirse Ronan.


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Trailer of ‘LOL: if you laugh, you lose’: Amazon announces the premiere date of the comedy program presented by Santiago Segura



Ten humorists and forbidden to laugh. With this premise that seems the reverse of the mythical ‘Don’t laugh, it’s worse’ is presented ‘LOL: If you laugh, you lose’ the new Amazon Prime Video comedy program whose The premiere will take place on May 14 as revealed in its official trailer..

Presented by Santiago Segura As masters of ceremonies for this game, Yolanda Ramos, Sílvia Abril, Rossy de Palma, Paco Collado, Mario Vaquerizo, El Monaguillo, Edu Soto, David Fernández, Carolina Noriega and Arévalo will be the ten comedians who will have a double mission: make others laugh but not smile.

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TO International format based on Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Japanese original and of which Amazon has already developed several local versions in countries such as Italy, Germany, Mexico, Japan or Australia, among others.

Miguel Martín is the showrunner of the series in which Santiago Segura will challenge these comedians for six hours, with the collaboration of Cañita Brava and Xavier Deltell, to see who manages to stay serious until the end by competing for a prize of one hundred thousand euros that will be donated to an NGO of their choice.


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