Jumanji is about to take us all to the next level, in the sequel of the same name.
Like its blockbusting predecessor Welcome to the Jungle, The Next Level replaces a bunch of game players with bickering avatars, who must plough through the exciting and dangerous levels of Jumanji right through until the end.
Bringing back the winning ensemble cast of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, Jumanji: The Next Level reminds us that while the game may be dangerous, frightening and perhaps even deadly, it’s also a whole lot of fun.
With that in mind, we take a look at five make-believe movie video games that we would just love to play…
1. Tron (Tron, 1982)
The neon world of Tron has become synonymous with computing and cyberspace, with the film now considered something of a cult classic.
Tron follows Jeff Bridges’ programmer Kevin Flynn, who, much like the players in Jumanji, is sucked into a computer while trying to thwart a rival game designer from stealing his work.
As is often the case in these situations, his only chance for survival in this distinctive, neon-lit world is to become a champion by winning a variety of exciting challenges – including the now-famous light cycle race.
Aside from the presence of the ominous Master Control Program and his vast array of minions, Tron is a game we would relish the chance to play.
2. Global Thermonuclear War (WarGames, 1983)
Shall we play a game? If that game is Global Thermonuclear War from the movie WarGames, then the answer is a resounding “Yes, please!”
This particular game is so good that it almost starts World War III, after our teenage protagonist David (Matthew Broderick) mistakes a military simulation program for an old-school, text-based, strategy video game.
Playing the game as well as he does causes the A.I. to think that the Soviet Union is attacking the United States, and suddenly David is thrust into a situation where only he can prevent nuclear war.
Forget playing a game to collect coins, or to defeat the computer-generated bad guy at the end. This has the highest stakes imaginable – with no save points – ensuring the most exciting experience you could possibly imagine.
3. Starfighter (The Last Starfighter, 1984)
Although Starfighter may look like a simple arcade game, it is in actual fact the universe’s most advanced job interview, used by aliens to recruit the best pilots from across the cosmos.
Our hero Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) demonstrates his affinity for video games, and before you can say 'game over' he is whisked off and enlisted to fight in an intergalactic war.
Of course, this was the 1980s, so the horrors of such a war are mostly disguised under the naive sense of adventure. Regardless, Starfighter looks like a fun, dog-fighting arcade game, the likes of which you don’t really see any more, with the prize for completion being that you are the literal saviour of the galaxy.
4. transCendenZ (eXistenZ, 1999)
Okay, so it may seem a little mad to suggest we’d love to play transCendenZ, the twisted virtual reality game from David Cronenberg’s sci-fi horror flick eXistenZ. But if you really think about it, the game looks hella entertaining.
Sure, you have to navigate your way around the slimy, biomechanical technology, and sure you might have to go through the kind of grotesque body horror that Cronenberg has become so well-known for, but you get to go on a crazy adventure with very little actual consequence... Aside from not knowing where the line is between reality and fiction, of course.
5. The Oasis (Ready Player One, 2018)
Although virtual reality technology is improving every day, we can still only dream of a video game experience as immersive as The Oasis.
After you strap on some goggles and a pair of gloves (maybe even an interactive bodysuit if you’ve got the cash), The Oasis allows you to live out your life within this fully realised simulation.
If you choose, you can leave your dull, dreary, painful reality behind and spend the rest of your days as a white-haired anime character or a slick ninja warrior. All the while, you can race DeLoreans, fight dinosaurs, find the love of your life and save the virtual world in an epic battle so exciting, you will forever question the purpose of your actual existence.
Jumanji: The Next Level previews on the 7th and 8th of December before its general release on the 11th of December. Don't forget about our Cineworld Unlimited screening of Jumanji: The Next Level on the 6th of December.
What are your favourite video games that have appeared in movies? Tweet us your choices @Cineworld.
Jon Fuge is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.