Top 10 Worst Video Games Based on TV Shows

Script written by Fred Humphries If TV is generally not as good as movies, and games based on movies are generally terrible, what does that say about games based on TV. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Worst Video Games based on TV Shows. Since there are so many horrible rush jobs out there, we decided to rule out Smartphone and Handheld games, since a lot of those titles were clearly released on brand name only, where even taking about them would be boring. We also ruled out Game Shows since most of these are quiz based and need to pull of minimal gameplay to succeed, although Reality TV is fair game. Special Thanks to our users "OmegaJackRed666" "cody wilson" "Rob Welch" for suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Fred Humphries

Top 10 Worst Games Based On A TV Show


If TV is generally not as good as movies, and games based on movies are generally terrible, what does that say about games based on TV. Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 worst games based off TV shows.

Since there are so many horrible rush jobs out there, we decided to rule out Smartphone and Handheld games, since a lot of those titles were clearly released on brand name only, where even taking about them would be boring. We also ruled out Game Shows since most of these are quiz based and need to pull of minimal gameplay to succeed, although Reality TV is fair game.

#10: “The Simpsons Wrestling” (2001)


Never shy of dipping into various video game genres, this title sees our Springfieldians pitted against each other in the wrestling ring. The prospect of laying the smack down on Flanders is certainly appealing but the positives stop with the concept alone. Horrific graphics and terrible collision detection combined with incredibly limited move sets make this an insulting button masher not worthy of the beloved cartoon series.


#9: “Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game” (2009)


Who on earth though a Medical Drama show would work as a video game? Do these demographics even intersect? Regardless, what we got was a jumbled mess of mini games and cut scenes that occasionally resembles a video game. Focusing on a new story centered around a diphtheria outbreak at Seattle Grace, the game does achieve the feel of a Grey’s episode yet the bizarre cut scenes determined by wholly unrelated mini games seriously detracts from the trauma center-style gameplay. And considering that’s the closest thing we have to actually playing, that’s saying a lot.

#8: “Game of Thrones” (2012)


Boasting a story worthy of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic, this RPG exists as a parallel to the events unfolding on the small screen, and even linking up with iconic characters from the series. Unfortunately, that’s where the parallels end. Essentially everything else is poorly executed, the character models and sloppy animation sorely letting down what truly is an innovative plot. The gameplay is boring and repetitive, leaving die hard fans and casual gamers alike feeling let down by a title that promised so much and delivered so little.

#7: “Lost: Via Domus” (2008)


With the show itself polarizing opinion on it’s plot taking various twists and turns, it was always likely that a video game adaptation would be similarly divisive. Its plot will make little sense for anyone but die hard Lost fans and the gameplay is not nearly immersive enough to appeal to a wider audience. Get this: there’s a gun you can use in the game, but you’ll only shoot 3 bullets for the entire game. And if you think the iconic characters can save this mess, well not really. Any authenticity is “lost” in the terrible impressions made by the stand in voice actors.


#6: “American Idol” (2003)


It perhaps may not be a surprise that a singing game that isn’t actually based on your ability to hit the right notes wasn’t successful but apparently somebody thought it would be a good idea. Instead we are given a rhythm based title that looks rushed to market, the graphics make the judges look hideous and the lack of direction makes the whole show look boring. A shameless cash in on the immense popularity of the show, it resembles a humiliating audition more than anything.


#5: “Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit!” (1994)


This is one of the most bizarre games on this list if not in the history of games. For those of you who missed it in the 90s, Home Improvement was about a family man who hosted a home repair show. It certainly did not feature Dinosaurs, … or ancient temples, … or ghosts and giant spiders? In fact almost all of the endearing elements of the show were completely abandoned in this utterly random 2D platformer that was surely never right for video game adaptation. and to sum this game up Tim’s The Toolman’s own words: “Urrrhhhh??”


#4: “Doctor Who: Return to Earth” (2010)


Shall we hop in the Tardis and go back to a time where this game was never invented? Probably for the best. Even for a title on the Nintendo Wii, the graphics are laughable and the gameplay concept even worse. The controls were clunky, progress was slow and annoying, and the game even breaks the shows lore by giving Amy a Sonic Screwdriver. Despite Matt Smith and Karen Gillian reprising their roles, even they can’t save this unholy mess. It wasn’t released in North America, and that’s a blessing.


#3: “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” (2013)


No not the fantastic Point and Click adventure by Telltale, but rather poorly rushed First Person Shooter. You do get to play as badass redneck Daryl voiced by Norman Reedus complete with crossbow, but the walker AI is absurdly stupid, even for zombies, as they seem to care more about attacking chain link fences, and they can be avoided entirely by standing on a car, jumping over a barricade, or by simply sprinting by them. Melee combat isn’t any better as zombies go down without any effort, but fear not because the game is mercifully short.


#2: “Pimp My Ride” (2006)


What could have been a cool racer with endless opportunities for customization, somewhere along the line was turned into a car crash of different genres where boring free-roaming and mini games attempt to create a Frankenstein’s monster that in some form represents MTV’s hit show. The ‘ghost-riding’ segments are as ludicrous as they are stupid, The actual pimping mechanics are nothing more than dull button promps, leaving Xzibit’s admittedly decent voice over as the only saving grace for a game based in ‘Pimp City’. Sigh.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this case, dishonorable mentions.

“South Park” (1998)

“Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth” (2007)

“24: The Game” (2006)

“Hell’s Kitchen” (2008)

“Desperate Housewives” (2006)


#1: “Superman 64” (1999)


What else could have topped this list than a game that made our worst Video Games of All Time list? Based on the series Superman: The New Adventures, The level design is…minimalist, the graphics little more than blocks of colour and the game’s challenges are monotonous. Said Challenges mostly involves guiding Sups through floating rings that criminal mastermind Lex Luthor has set out as a challenge, just cuz. But there real challenge here is dealing with the innumerable, and often hilarious, game breaking bugs.


Do you agree with our list? With so many video game tie ins making a mess of their source material we are bound to have missed something. For more worst of Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.

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