British Movie Classics and the Games They Inspired

Life without these movies would be unimaginable, some of them will have shaped our childhood and some will be more recent favorites than that.

All of them are British in some way, some because of the protagonist, some the company that made the film and others the author of the story it was based on.

These common threads bind these films together, but so too does the fact that each of them has had at least one video game based on their tale. If you love classic movies, British cinema and of course, the odd period piece, then you’ll love this selection of films and their games that we’ve picked out for you.


Lawrence of Arabia

Quick play games that are based on films can be difficult to find, as it can be hard to pack in the detail that we all remember from the cinema version. However, the Arabian Nights slot from the well-known maker NetEnt has managed the challenge brilliantly well. The game is available to play on Bovada slots and has the classic layout of five reels and ten paylines. It’s a progressive jackpot game that’s totally flexible on what you can bet, anywhere from ten pence to £200.

The theme of the game is, as the name suggests, of night time in Arabia. Traditional items of dress such as the Fez and Turkish slippers appear on the reels, as too do characters reminiscent of those in Lawrence of Arabia. The music has an Arabian feel too, all coming together to create a real taste of this part of the world.

If you’ve not seen Lawrence of Arabia before then there’s no better time than the present. There’s a brand new restored version out on HBO Max this month and it delivers on all counts. It brings back to life the original 1962 film and is well worth watching before you play the game, if you have the time.

It is based on the life of a truly incredible man called T.E. Lawrence and follows the protagonist on his travels around Arabia, particularly Syria and Hejaz during the First World War. Lawrence is played perfectly by Peter O’Toole and though the film is into its sixtieth decade, it still feels just as exciting as the day it was released.


Agatha Christie

It only makes sense to start off with one of the most successful writers on the planet and that is Agatha Christie. She was an English author who worked from the 1920s onwards on generally detective novels. Her work is so beloved that it has outsold the Bible itself.

As for the films based on her novels, there have been many, but her Poirot detective stories have inspired some classics. The first of these is Death On The Nile a film that was released just last year. This film follows detective Hercule Poirot on a trip down the river Nile aboard a simply stunning boat.

Everything is going swimmingly with the celebrations on board until a murder takes place. The search for the murderer begins, but as the plot thickens it becomes increasingly difficult to tell the difference between friend and foe. The film was a fantastic success, but so too is the game that’s based on it.

The game takes the form of a hidden object game, where it’s necessary to click on sections of the screen to see if you can interact with them. It could be the flicker of a candle indicating a breeze where someone has just walked past, or an innocently placed glasses case that could be concealing the murder weapon.

Understandably, this game format lends itself perfectly to the nature of Agatha Christie’s detective books. In the game, you’ll get to search the S.S. Karnak yourself, looking for clues that will lead you to the killer. There are 12 different investigations to complete, 24 scenes to explore and 14 suspects to narrow down to the one.

Those who enjoy a more three-dimensional playing experience might also enjoy a brand-new game release called Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders. This game is available on all platforms and follows the story as written by Christie herself of a madman who murders by the alphabet.

You’ll be taking the role of Poirot again, but this time you’ll be analyzing a 3D crime scene instead of a 2D one. There are still suspects to interrogate and witnesses to speak to, evidence to find and plenty of puzzles along the way. This game receives super high ratings amongst gamers and Christie fans alike, so it’s definitely one to add to your wishlist.


James Bond

A final word for one of the greatest British heroes of all time, James Bond. Though there are a slew of video games based on his films, there’s reported to be a very exciting one on the horizon. Project 007 are still bringing together a super crew of games designers to create the ultimate homage to the man himself.

They’ve reported that the story will be entirely their own, rather than being based on one of Fleming’s works and that the character will also be their own interpretation of Bond. For now, there’s very little information on the project, but we can’t wait to find try out this game ones it’s released.