Top 10 Fictional Games We Wish Were Real



Top 10 Fictional Games We Wish Were Real

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
if only these fictional games were real. Our countdown includes "Friends," "Jumanji," "Pokemon," and more!
Script written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Fictional Games We Wish Were Real

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Fictional Games We Wish Were Real.

For this list, we’ll be looking at games from movies, shows, and other popular media that we’d like to make a reality. We’re including fictional games that did eventually inspire fan-made versions or official tie-ins.

Which fictional game would you like to play for real? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Motorball
“Alita: Battle Angel” (2019)

The most popular game in Iron City, Motorball shares a fair deal in common with Rollerball. Both mix elements of roller derby, gladiator matches, and various extreme sports. What gives Motorball an edge is the robot combat angle. You don’t necessarily need to be a cyborg to play Motorball, especially if it’s just a casual game in the street. If you’re going to enter a tournament, however, it helps if you have a few spare parts or a spare body on hand. That said, it takes a special kind of player to master and survive this battle royale-style game. Even if you’re not built to play the game, that doesn’t mean you can’t cheer from the crowd and make some bets while you’re at it.

#9: Bamboozled
“Friends” (1994-2004)

“Friends” remains one of the most popular sitcoms ever and cooky game shows are constantly getting greenlit. So, why hasn’t anyone made a Bamboozled show? Sure, the rules sound complicated, but they’re pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it. You just need to answer trivia questions, making your way up the Ladder of Chance, and passing the Mud Hut and Rainbow Ring, to the Golden Monkey and Paradise Pond. For bonus points, be prepared to hold your breath, speak backwards, and switch feet between questions while hopping. Other than that, hope the Wheel of Mayhem spins in your favor, use the Google and Wicked Wango cards wisely, and don’t talk to other contestants. See, simple! OK, maybe we should just play Cups…

#8: Pai Sho
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” franchise (2005-)

At first glance, Pai Sho looks like a cross between Chinese checkers, Chinese chess, and Go. Pai Sho is every bit as intricate as those games, requiring the patience and wisdom of someone like Iroh to master it. In the world of “Avatar,” different cultures have played Pai Sho in different ways – some with a focus on strategy, others on chance. In each iteration, the game involves moving a series of tiles around a circular board to create harmonies. The white lotus tile is a significant piece that not everyone recognizes the value of. Fans and even Nickelodeon have developed versions of Pai Sho, but we’ve yet to play against an Order of the White Lotus member. Of course, if you prefer more physical games, there’s always Pro-Bending!

#7: Cones of Dunshire
“Parks & Recreation” (2009-15)

Leave it to Ben Wyatt to create a game that’s as nerdy (and epic) as “Dungeons and Dragons.” Granted, even Ben recognizes that the rules may be a tad elaborate, but there is an audience for it. The game revolves around creating civilizations in order to collect four cones. What’s the significance of the cones? Well, they may or may not be a metaphor for something. While the cones give the game a unique essence, it also involves more traditional fantasy elements like wizards and warriors. Being the Ledgerman isn’t as fun, but at least you get to wear a hat while keeping score. If you have eight to twelve friends, set up a board, roll the dice, and never underestimate the farmer.

#6: True American
“New Girl” (2011-18)

True American is surprisingly complex for a drinking game. Then again, a lot of us have come up with some nonsensical ideas while drinking. The best way to describe True American is Candy Land with booze and a dash of the floor is lava. There’s also a stripping element if you’re playing by Clinton Rules. Are you brushed up on your U.S. history? Well, if not, just remember two U.S. presidents: JFK and FDR. Whether or not you play in teams, the objective is to get all the beers out of the way to reach the king of the castle, a liquor bottle, and take a swig. We’d tell you more about the rules, but everything we say about True American is a lie.

#5: Dejarik
“Star Wars” franchise (1977-)

Traveling through space sounds exciting, but being stuck on a starship can get dull after a while. That’s why you always want Dejarik onboard. No home in the galaxy should be without this game either. Alternatively known as holochess, it operates kind of like regular chess. Instead of kings, queens, and pawns, though, Dejarik consists of holographic creatures. Each piece has its own stats and special attack, making things far more exciting than your average board game. Like any game, however, there’s bound to be a sore loser. If you value your arms, we’d suggest letting the Wookie win. While there are Dejarik replicas out there, we’re still waiting for holographic technology to catch up with the idea.

#4: Jumanji
“Jumanji” franchise (1995-)

Sure, anyone can go online and buy the Jumanji board game, but we’re pretty sure it won’t transport you to the jungle or bring the jungle to you. We doubt it’ll turn into a video game where your avatar looks like the Rock either. If Jumanji were real, there would be a considerable risk factor. For anyone who loves wild animals and has a thirst for adventure, though, it’d be a risk worth taking. The question is whether you’d rather live out Alan Parrish’s journey, return the Jaguar’s Eye, or seek out the Falcon Heart. In any case, Jumanji will always have an adventure for those brave enough to play. Or, if the jungle isn’t your jam, why not take an outer space adventure with Zathura?

#3: Pokémon Battles
“Pokémon” franchise (1996-)

We’ve played the video games and card games, not to mention the AR phenomenon “Pokémon Go.” Alas, we’ve never been able to completely fulfill our desire to become a Pokémon Master. Every 90s kid and beyond has fantasized about selecting a starter, commencing a journey that’ll take you to different gyms across the land. In between claiming badges, you’ll capture more Pokémon, battle fellow Trainers, and form unbreakable bonds. It all culminates with entering the Pokémon League to take your shot at the Regional championship. Win or lose, competing in a stadium surrounded by a cheering crowd is reward enough. Until science finds a way to genetically engineer Pokémon and develop balls that can encapsulate them though, we’ll just have to stick to our consoles.

#2: Oasis
“Ready Player One” (2018)

We could make all of these games a reality if the Oasis existed. Actually, anything that we wish were real could be achieved through this virtual reality experience. You could climb Mount Everest with Batman, do battle alongside the Iron Giant, or search for the ultimate Easter egg. Those are just some of the examples that “Ready Player One” gives us. Off the top of our heads, your avatar could be a 50-foot tall cyborg version of Fred the Dunkin’ Donuts Baker and you could reenact the plot of “Dangerous Liaisons.” As we said, anything is possible, no matter how bonkers or random. As sophisticated as VR has become, we may have to wait until at least 2045 to reach the Oasis’ level of immersion.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Starfighter,” “The Last Starfighter” (1984)
Getting the Highest Score Is Only the Beginning

“Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne,” “Community” (2009-15)
There’s a Fanmade Version, Look It Up

“Wrestle Jam ‘88,” “The Wrestler” (2008)
Because Mickey Rourke Needs His Own Game

Light Cycle Racing, “Tron” franchise (1982-)
Let Us Into This Digital Frontier!

Whack Bat, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)
We’ll Let Coach Skip Explain the Rules

#1: Quidditch
“Harry Potter” franchise (1997-)

We know that there’s an International Quidditch Association, but the Muggle version of the sport can’t compete with the real deal. Running with a broom just isn’t the same as flying with a broom. Likewise, who wants to play regular chess when you could be playing Wizard’s Chess? Unlike some other fictional games, Quidditch is a fully fleshed-out fictional sport. Games consist of two teams, each composed of three Chasers to score with the Quaffle, a Keeper to defend goal hoops, two Beaters to protect teammates from Bludgers, and a Seeker to catch the Golden Snitch, effectively ending the game. Don’t assume that the Snitch’s 150 points guarantee your team’s victory, though. Now if only someone would invent magic already.