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Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
Ubisoft | PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, PC

From its thunderous opening to its hidden alternate ending, King Kong grabbed us by the balls and then squeezed every time we tried to go do something else. It kept us on our toes constantly, forcing us to find innovative uses for spears while under constant threat from giant bugs and dinosaurs. It was so intense that, by the time we actually got to play as the big ape himself, it was a relaxing breather by comparison.

What makes King Kong especially noteworthy is that it's the first movie game in which the film's director actually had significant creative input. It was famously reported that - in addition to being closely involved with the game's design himself - Peter Jackson hand-picked Ubisoft's star designer, Michel Ancel (Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil), to turn Jackson's vision into a game.



The result was a cinematic thrill ride that started with a thunderclap on Skull Island and immediately brought you face-to-face with everything from giant centipedes to screaming mutant carnosaurs. If you were lucky, you might be able to take on the latter with a tommygun instead of a sharp hunk of bone, but the real key to victory was figuring out how to use the game's puzzles and environments - often one and the same - to your advantage.

While some may argue King Kong isn't really the best movie-to-game adaptation, it's easily the smartest and the prettiest, and it's overall one of the most immersive games ever made. It also gave us a profound respect for the sharpened stick as a sturdy, versatile weapon, and how many other games can claim that?

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  • Cruddi - August 18, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Die Hard nakatomi plaza was a brilliant movie to game many years after the film was released.
  • boonattack - August 18, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    2 years and no-one corrected this, had to be done im afraid. perfect dark should indeed be pitch black, which was by far a better film than chronicles of riddick. would of made for a fantastic game too although gears of war pretty much ruined any chances of that.
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 16, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    it felt so exhilerating breaking out of the different level-security prison blocks. Chronicles of Riddick was so well designed!
  • AlbVega - August 16, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    How come nobody has appeared to defend Batman: The Animated Series for SNES and retort that horrible "there's no good (pre-Arkham Asylum) Batman game" argument? Gay!
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 16, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    King Kong definitely wasnt the best game ever. that said thanks to that game if i ever play a game where i have to use sticks for stuff or if im in a real life predicament like that...ill have that game to thank...
  • goldengunguy - December 4, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    It wasn't a suprise that GoldenEye got on the list. Everyone (besides my Nintendo-console-racist friend)say It's one of the best or THE best N64 ever, like everyone else, I saw it coming.
  • ADiN4Brawl - July 26, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    toy story 3 was a good game
  • monroerobby - November 29, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    i dont think king kong should be the movie-to-game adaption i think the game that deserves to go on number 1 is golden eye fo sho i remember playing that with my brothers and dad and i still play it today and king kong was way to short and it should have had jack black be a voice for it :0
  • MUSH-RUME - November 26, 2008 5:46 p.m.

    The King Kong game for DS sucked big time cos it's stupidly hard to get out of the cave (there is an almost invinceble giant crab gaurding the exit)and almost straight after you get out a raptor appears which is also hard to kill. Spidey 2 tho is very gd especially compared to its sequel and the game before it.
  • Superdude576 - October 24, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    Aladdin and Spiderman 2, those were some good games. I've seen most of these (or atleast some) of these movies, and I have got to say, they all deserved some list coverage. They were great games, it looks like, from great movies (apparently excluding Riddick. Personally never saw it except for about 10 minutes in the middle. It never made sense.XD).
  • nerovic - October 20, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    Just want to make one thing clear, vin diesel's movies are terrible with one maybe two exceptions. Cronicles of Riddick was a damn good movie! (Perfect Dark wasn't too bad either)
  • Y2Ken - October 18, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    The Riddick game is fantastic. I really want a next-gen game with a similar theme - set in a Max-security prison and getting involved with all the inmates. I just loved how there was a really noticeable community in there. Outstanding game.
  • Magnum_Apex - October 17, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    King Kong and Spider-Man are most deserving to be on that list. They're games directly based on the movies, and they were released alongside the films. To meet such a deadline and still release a quality product is nothing short of impressive. On a side note, I also have great memories of Batman, Aladdin and Goldeneye.
  • lucklesswonder - October 7, 2008 6:42 a.m.

    Great games. Aladdin on the Genesis claimed a large chunk of my childhood, and GoldenEye was my most-played game on the N64. Butcher Bay is one of my all-time faves.
  • chalmer1 - April 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Dude stfu man ur stupid no one likes ur life story
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - September 23, 2008 3:15 a.m.

    Wow haha.. What a shocker First.
  • key0blade - October 24, 2008 11:54 a.m.

    I effing loved The King Kong game. Amazing for a movie game. And Spidie 2 was really good too.
  • Lrd_Chikn - September 24, 2008 4:29 a.m.

    King Kong! Maybe Im not old enough to appreciate its smartness and beauty, but c'mon I like Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman but King Kong was such a boring game I never even made it passed the first cave

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