With the death of film writer, producer, and director John Hughes coming so unexpectedly, MTV Multiplayer has taken a brief look at the video games that sprang from his movies. The games are all based on Hughes's more kid-friendly films, so expect a heavy emphasis on Home Alone and Beethoven. What, no Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
Hughes wrote and produced the Home Alone films, and there were video games based on the first two. They're pretty mediocre side scrolling action games, but they do feature strange, pixelated stills from the movies, which I guess is worth something.
I mention this here as an excuse to discuss that I've often wondered how a Planes, Trains, & Automobiles game would play out. Written and directed by Hughes, the movie follows the ordeals of business executive Neil Page (Steve Martin) as he desperately tries to get home from New York City to Chicago in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. His journey is both improved and impeded by Del Griffith (John Candy), a talkative shower curtain ring salesman who latches on to a frustrated Page as a traveling buddy. Based on what is the best film comedy of all time, I envision a Tales of Monkey Island style of adventure experience loaded with gags and musical selections from the film that recreates set pieces such as the duo's awkward overnight stay at the Braidwood Inn, catching the "people train" in Stubbville, selling shower curtain rings to naive teens in order to afford bus fare to St. Louis, driving the wrong way on a highway, and dealing with the fiery end result. If Hughes's Pretty in Pink can spawn an adventure title, then why not Planes, Trains, & Automobiles?
And, of course, there would be Xbox 360 Achievements.