11 Wonderful Games Inspired by Literature

As a self-proclaimed book nerd, I am always on the look out for mediums other than print and eBooks that carry cool literary-inspired products. iOS happens to be one of the mediums that naturally hosts tons of literary apps. And to my surprise, there are tons of developers who have developed iOS games inspired by great works of literature. Read on to find out which literature-inspired apps made the cut and are enjoyed by bookworms and non-book-lovers alike.

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Alice in Wonderland — Extended Edition HD

Follow Alice on her journey through Wonderland in this puzzler. As you chase Mr. Rabbit, you are sure to encounter new characters and places that surpass your greatest imagination and wildest dreams. Plus, the fun memory, puzzle, and sliding block games the game is loaded with are sure to drive you mad.

Price: Free
Developer: Microids


Gatsby Race — The Great Escape Fun Game

Anyone who has read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby knows that cars — especially the car of the legendary Jay Gatsby — play a huge role in the novel. In Gatsby Race, you get to drive some of these cars through the streets of the valley of ashes.

You’ll also want to pick up as many military medals as possible while avoiding the cars that are driving up the opposite way of the street. Controls are simple, and the game is fast-paced just like the Roaring Twenties. Hold on — is that a medal from Montenegro?

Price: Free
Developer: Kristy Pack


Hamlet! HD

When Shakespeare wrote his longest work, he would have never had guessed that it would be used as content for an iPad game.

Hamlet! HD is jam-packed with all the good stuff: action, thrill, challenging puzzles, and occasional humor. Shakespeare has never been this fun before!

Price: Free, $2.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game
Developer: Big Fish Games, Inc


LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

In this installment of LEGO Harry Potter, you get to follow your favorite boy wizard through his first four years at Hogwarts. All of the fun of Quidditch, the Triwizard Tournament, and even the threat of the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets is at your disposal.

All of the excitement, thrill, surprises, and characters that the series brings are featured in this game. Plus, the beautiful LEGO graphics make the game all the more enjoyable.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Warner Bros.


LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

The Boy Who Lived lives on in the second installment of this app. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 continues the magic that is found in the other half of the game, and the intensity is continually building up in the fight of good and evil.

Hone your spell-casting skills, as you will greatly need them as you casually duel against your Hogwarts peers or save the world from the wrath of Lord Voldemort. Either way, your magical powers are sure to guarantee you an unnaturally good time.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Warner Bros.


The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth

This role-playing game transports you right into J.R.R. Tolkein’s fictional world of Middle-earth, the setting of The Hobbit. Middle-earth is being threatened by goblins, and it is up to you and the rest of the population to drive them out and restore peace.

You may play as either a dwarf or an elf, and you must build up your cities in order to defend yourself from the goblins. Being an RPG, you also get the experience of playing with tons of other people, which only makes the gaming experience better.

Price: Free
Developer: Kabam


Huck’s River Run

Huck’s River Run transports you straight into Mark Twain’s Great American Novel. In this adventure, Huck needs to deliver cargo to pirates just across the Mississippi River.

The frogger-like gameplay in Huck’s River Run is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end, bringing a classic gaming twist to a long-time classic novel.

Price: Free
Developer: Adventure Works


Hunger Games: Girl on Fire

Made as a way to promote the movie that was coming out, Hunger Games: Girl on Fire follows the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, throughout The Hunger Games’ namesake competition.

As you run through the arena’s forest in this side-scroller, you will use your archery skills to ward off the unforgiving Tracker Jackers the Capitol sent out to kill you. Don’t fret if you die—the pace and addictiveness of the game will make you come back for more.

Price: Free
Developer: Lions Gate Films Inc.


The Odyssey (HD)

Deep in the anthologies of Greek mythology and high schoolers’ dread is The Odyssey, Homer’s infamous epic recounting the 10-year sea journey of Odysseus on his way home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy.

This app is fun for mythology nerds and challenge seekers alike. Odysseus’s adventure isn’t a short one, nor is it an easy one, but it is sure to leave you entertained with new challenges and encounters with every gust of the sea’s wind.

Price: $4.99
Developer: CrazySoft Limited


Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies

Jane Austen’s famed novel is revitalized in this game. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies is a fantastic hidden object game that is driven by the storyline of Pride and Prejudice. In addition to challenging hidden object levels, the game inserts staccato accounts of different types of puzzles in order to freshen up the game.

Price: $6.99
Developer: Europress


Vonneguts & Glory

Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s magnum opus Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonneguts & Glory puts you into the silver boots of Billy Pilgrim.

As you make your way through the 8-bit maze of the namesake slaughterhouse, you will encounter and fight off the Nazis that dwell in Dresden. Simple, action-packed, and somewhat confusing, Vonneguts & Glory makes for quite the unique gaming experience.

Price: Free
Developer: Shaun Inman


It’s amazing to see developers deriving inspiration from classic and modern literature in order to make it new. It is through new mediums, like these iPad games, that literature may live on in a world that is constantly modernizing. And it’s not only literature that gets to live, but the love of literature as well.

What are some of your favorite books that you think should have games (or perhaps already do)? Let us know in the comments down below!