This morning, my partner approached me with a brilliant topic: what if Telltale created game series based on certain ’80s and ’90s television properties?
Immediately my mind started dancing around. What a glorious idea!
The following are the first five we came up with, but I think the era is ripe for the picking.
What’s not to love about the idea of playing a Telltale series about four of our favorite ladies? You could press square to head out to the lanai, circle to eat cheesecake, and triangle to come back with a sassy retort.
The more I think about this, the more into it I am.
To be fair, I love the Golden Girls. I’d love if you had the opportunity to play as each of them: Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia. I think this has so many possibilities, I can’t even contain myself.
Okay, full disclosure: I am a huge Magnum, P.I. fan.
When it used to be on Netflix, I was so happy. It was so simple to put episodes on in the background while I went about my daily activities. When they took it away, I finally bit the bullet and bought the complete series on DVD.
I adore the tropical setting, the lack of cell phones (I do not care for cell phones at all, but that’s a story for another day), and the ridiculous situations the cast seems to frequently find themselves in.
You could play as T.M., driving the Ferrari from Robin’s Nest each day to go about your Hawaiian activities. You could play as Higgins, keeping the estate in order and generally being cantankerous. You could step into the role of T.C. and keep Island Hoppers hopping. And if you were yearning to run a business, you could play as Rick, keeping the King Kamehameha Club running smoothly and fabulously.
Oh my gosh. Imagine if you could also play as Zeus and Apollo?!
This game doesn’t even exist, and I’m already all in. Sold. Sold. Sold!
I could gush about this all day. No, really. I could. But I will stop here because there are three more ideas I need to get to.
Let’s be honest: playing as Ben Matlock would be a delight.
You could sit outside in the sunshine and appreciate your seersucker suits. You could muse over how and when to reveal just how brilliant you are, and put the bad guy (or lady) away. Your courtroom bravado would be unmatched.
This would also lend itself well due to the various cast members who come and go through the series. I feel like the different court cases would serve as excellent chapters.
I mean, just look at those guys! They are ready for all the action necessary to keep Miami safe.
So much Miami. So many Vices.
The creators of the show looked to the ’80s culture of MTV. In a Telltale vision of the series, so many moments could lend themselves to being played in a music video fashion. Think about questioning suspects as a sort of rhythm game.
And don’t forget Elvis on Crockett’s boat.
Murder, She Wrote
Okay, let’s be honest: this series could go on forever. Each episode of a Telltale game could be a new mystery in a new location. Cabot Cove would be an excellent hub to bookend each of her experiences.
As a side note, a good friend has tried to convince me for years that Jessica Fletcher was actually the one doing all the murders, but he is a dinosaur and prone to flights of fancy. Also, Jessica Fletcher is a classy and kind lady. There is no way she was behind every murder in every episode. That would have made her a complete monster.
I feel strongly that this would be ripe for serialization.
So there you have it. A handful of ideas for Telltale that would not only be amazing, but, I’m guessing, would also be lucrative as hell.
Though, now I feel a little sad. I’d play all those like crazy. I wish they existed so bad.
What properties would you like to see made into a Telltale series?