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Harry Potter fans love new content of any kind, but for the best video game content they should look right the way back to 2001.

Have you ever found yourself watching a movie and wishing it wouldn’t end? Perhaps you crossed your fingers and waited patiently for a sequel, perhaps you scoured the internet to see if it was based on a book, or maybe you got really lucky and found out that there was a game based on that very film. These are some of the best games that fall into that category.

John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen

Slot games are the perfect medium for movie spin-offs as the graphics are the place where developers can really have fun. John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen is one of the best Indiana Jones-inspired games thanks to its good mix of small, medium, and large wins, as well as the ability to collect free spins. If you’re into the numbers of slot machines then the RTP is fairly high too at 96.5%, meaning you’re likely to get a little more playtime for your money. Whilst the name might suggest that they took inspiration from the famous John Hunter, we’ve looked him up and we’re pretty sure that he’s a really close friend of Indi’s. With that said, if you’re after a game that is unquestionably Indiana Jones based then Lucasfilm games have recently released a trailer that ought to get you pretty excited.

Alien: Isolation

So many people look to Ridley Scott’s film for inspiration that it’s almost no surprise that this video game is as good as it is.

It’s getting to the stage now where there are probably more things in the entertainment world that are Alien spin-offs than ones that aren’t. However, there’s a good reason for that. Alien is brilliant. If you’re after a game that will terrify you almost as much as Ridley Scott’s original film, then Alien: Isolation might be just what you’ve been searching for. Released back in 2014, this game is available to play on all of the major consoles as well as Microsoft Windows, so just about everyone should be able to enjoy it. You’ll be playing from a first-person perspective, with the primary aim of staying alive, and also the minor inconvenience of some missions to attend to. You’ll be trying to stay out of the shadows and escape Xenomorph, all whilst collecting items that you need to stay alive and progress. Alien: Isolation is genuinely pretty terrifying, definitely not a game for the faint-hearted, and a true example of what a great horror game should be.

The Sorcerer’s Stone

If there’s one thing that unites Harry Potter fans, it’s their never-ending desire for more content. It doesn’t take a fan to know that the books predated the films, but this video game offering from EA is definitely based firmly on the movie. EA has done an enormous collection of games based on the Harry Potter series, but many purists would say that their first was their best. The Sorcerer’s Stone was released originally for PC, and it has to be said that whilst you can play on Playstation, the PC experience is far superior. You’ll be playing as the boy himself as you explore the wizarding world. Learning spells is going to be high on your agenda and will help you progress through the game, but there’s plenty of time to collect Every Flavoured Beans too. If you enjoy point and click type gaming, with plenty of puzzle-solving, and a little action thrown in, then you’ll enjoy this 2001 game enormously.

Grease: The Video Game

If you don’t know the words to every single song in the 1978 film, then after a couple of hours at this video game you will. The Nintendo Wii doesn’t often make the cut in ‘best of’ lists, it didn’t quite live up to the hype that it surrounded itself with. However, in 2010, Grease: The Video Game was released and they just about nailed it. This game gets better the more people are playing but is just about passable for a true fan playing alone. You can sing and dance to all of the classics alongside a whole bunch of the characters from the film (and play, of course). The motion-sensing controls of the Wii allow you to really wiggle and be properly picked up. You’ll need a microphone attachment for maximum enjoyment. This was released on Nintendo DS as well, but there’s something altogether more ‘party atmosphere’ about playing around a television screen, rather than something so pocket-sized.

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