Books That Would Make Great Video Game Adaptations #2

Again, this is my plea for more video game adaptations of books. I will shout this from the rooftops! Last year I made a post where I selected a couple of books that I felt would work beautifully as a video game adaptations. Well, I want to do another one of those posts so here we are.

This time around the choices are very fantasy focused.

  • Title: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
  • Author: Sangu Mandanna
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Fantasy Romance

Plot: As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously. But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat. As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….

Now I would love to have a cute/cosy video game of watching Mika train these young witches. I would love if we followed her and her new life here in the house as she teaches magic and slowly begins to fall in love. Beautiful setting and amazing cast of characters. It would be a super cute, fantastical, slice of life.

  • Title: Her Majesty’s Royal Coven
  • Author: Juno Dawson
  • Series: HMRC
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy

Plot: At the dawn of their adolescence, on the eve of the summer solstice, four young girls–Helena, Leonie, Niamh and Elle–took the oath to join Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and Helena is now the reigning High Priestess of the organization. Yet Helena is the only one of her friend group still enmeshed in the stale bureaucracy of HMRC. Elle is trying to pretend she’s a normal housewife, and Niamh has become a country vet, using her powers to heal sick animals. In what Helena perceives as the deepest betrayal, Leonie has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven, Diaspora. And now Helena has a bigger problem. A young warlock of extraordinary capabilities has been captured by authorities and seems to threaten the very existence of HMRC. With conflicting beliefs over the best course of action, the four friends must decide where their loyalties lie: with preserving tradition, or doing what is right.

On the opposite end of the spectrum here, I would love to have a game that focuses on the backstory of this series. In this book we learn about a civil war between the witches which caused our main group to go their separate ways. I would love to have a game dedicated to play the main characters as they fight in this war. Going on different missions, using different abilities, a bit like COD but with witches.

  • Title: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Vol. 1
  • Author: Kanehito Yamada
  • Series: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
  • Genre: Fantasy

Plot: Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…

Honestly, just adapt everything in this series. You could play as Frieren as she makes her way through the world and do the classic RPG going to different villages and towns and researching magic etc. Or you could, similar to my concept for HMRC, do the backstory and play as the four warriors who defeat the Demon King and have that be the focus. You have to level up each character and progress through the story until you get to defeat the Demon King. Anything works.

  • Title: Under the Whispering Door
  • Author: TJ Klune
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Plot: Welcome to Charon’s Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through. When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead. But even in death he’s not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

I would love to have an adaptation of this book where its a simulation game of just running the tea shop. I would love to meet different spirits and help then pass on so it’s half like visual novel, half cafe simulator. It would be incredible!

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