Video games have long been inspired by comics. Both mediums are well entrenched in geek spaces, and video games give gamers a chance to take the reins of their favorite characters as they leap off the page and onto the screen. Comics are featured in almost every genre, and their video game counterparts are following suit.

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From some of the darker, grainy panels come some incredibly memorable video game adaptations. Of course, not all of these spooky game adaptations are fantastic. Just as the horror genre in general is a mixed bag, video games based on horror comics can be hit or miss. But they belong to a long tradition and one that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

9 Chakan: The Forever Man for Sega Mega Drive / Genesis and Game Gear (1992)

Chakan the Eternal Man brandishing a scythe in front of a setting sun

Based on a comic strip of the same name by Robert A. Kraus, Chakan follows the titular swordsman in his never-ending quest to purge all worlds of supernatural evil. After defeating Death himself in a sword fight, Chakan is doomed to roam four elemental-themed planes to fight off all manner of horrific monstrosities.

The end of the game has an ambiguous twist that leaves Chakan’s ultimate fate in question.

8 The Crow: City of Angels for Playstation, Sega Saturn and Windows (1997)

Raven Angels City gameplay with two thugs

A direct adaptation of the second film in The crow series, City of Angels received almost universal negative reviews. The game’s fixed, pseudo-3D-styled camera didn’t allow for a very exciting iteration of the classic undead comic book character.

The backgrounds and environments were among the only things critics liked about the game, and its poor performance earned it the title of Worst Movie Adaptation to the Game in Monthly electronic game.

7 The Darkness for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Dark gameplay two snake demons attacking a soldier

In a premise surprisingly similar to that of The crow, Darkness follows Jackie Estacado as he is enveloped first in mob violence and then demonic possession, which has given him a host of supernatural powers.

Darkness Complements the traditional FPS shooter with the ability to summon ravenous snake demons. The game is an adaptation of Better cow productions comic strip of the same name.

6 Hellboy: Dogs Of The Night for PC and Playstation (2000)

Hellboy Dogs of the night underground dungeon

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is a classic of cosmic, gothic and occult horror. Dogs of the night is a 3D adventure game that translates comics into digital space in the style of Alone in the dark Where Grave robber.

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Riddles and a handful of fights come together to create an atmospheric and evocative game that lives up to the standards of the Black Horse comics. The game is set in the Hellboy era with the BPRD in the 1960s, investigating a missing agent and all that follows.

5 Spawn: Armageddon for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox (2003)

Spawn Armageddon game room full of ritual circles

At Todd McFarlane Spawn The series, published by Image Comics, features all kinds of supernatural horrors. The main character makes a deal with a devil to become a Hellspawn in exchange for the chance to see his wife one last time. Armageddon sees Spawn engage in a war between demons and angels that shakes New York.

Focusing on the fast-paced, weird fights common to action games of the time, Spawn can use chains, guns, and his Agony Ax branding to wreak havoc wherever he goes.

4 Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child for Windows and Dreamcast (2000)

Kiss Psycho circus nightmare child robot clown monster pulling lightning bolt

An adaptation of an adaptation, Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child is based on the series of the same name by Todd McFarlane, itself inspired by the rock band. To kiss frontman Gene Simmons was allegedly a fan of McFarlane’s Spawn series and worked with him to develop the Psycho Circus series.

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In the comics, the band members are supernatural beings known as The Demon, The Starbearer, The King of Beasts, and The Celestial. The game is a run-of-the-mill FPS but very popular with fans of the group.

3 Shadow Man for Windows, Nintendo 64, Playstation and Dreamcast (2003)

Shadow man holding skull with sunglasses and mask on chest

Based on Valiant Comics Shadow Man series, this action-adventure game sees Michael LeRoi assume the role of Shadow Man, an ancient line of supernatural warriors who protect the world of the living from that of the dead.

When a villain named Legion tries to trigger the apocalypse, Shadow Man must take action to stop him. The game has been constantly updated for release on modern consoles, so gamers can continue to enjoy its thrilling action to this day.

2 Armorines: SWARM Project for Nintendo 64, Gameboy Color and PlayStation (1999)

Giant Alien Bug Swarm Armorines Project

The Armorines are a team of super-soldiers tasked with defending the United States against alien threats. In SWARM project the team repels an invasion of alien spiders with a variety of weapons.

The game featured a co-op campaign and multiplayer versus modes, including Capture the Flag and King of the Hill. In some of the multiplayer modes, players could even take on the role of alien invaders.

1 Alien Vs Predator for the Atari Jaguar (1994)

Alien vs predator stabbing predator xenomorph

One of the greatest sci-fi crossover series in history, Alien vs. predator began as a comic book series in 1989. With the Xenomorphs and Predators locked in a deadly conflict, this game brings the player to three distinct stories; one as an Alien, one as a Predator, and one as a human soldier in the Colonial Marines.

This game was a huge commercial success and is widely hailed as one of the best games in the Atari Jaguar system.

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