Games Culture

Video-Games On The Silver Screen

Back in 1993, the first games movie tie-in hit the big screen in the form of Super Mario Bros the movie. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 15% fresh, the film was a critical disaster, yet took in a highly respectable $20,915,465 in revenue at the Box Office. Since then, an ever-growing array of games franchises have tried to make the transition to the silver screen, including Doom, HitmanMax Payne, Resident Evil and Lara Croft:Tomb Raider. Of all games films to date, only the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie ever managed to break through the 50% negative/positive review marker on Metacritic, but still received a desultory 33% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Yet poor critical reception does little to dampen gamers’ appetite for games as movies; estimates indicate the this year’s Warcraft film has grossed in excess of a staggering $413,392,945 so far, and that number is likely to keep on growing. And Warcraft isn’t the only game movie coming out this year; Angry Birds (released in May) raked in over $300million and an Assassins Creed movie tie-in is on the slate for Christmas. A Minecraft film, it’s popularity making it almost an inevitability, is due in 2019.

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Mortal Kombat received a mixture of negative and middling reviews.

Particularly of interest to families will be the news of the newly announced Fruit Ninja movie. The official release date is still unknown and concrete details are thin on the ground, but the film is rumoured to be a live-action comedy suitable for all the family, perhaps telling the origin story of how the fruit-destroying fiends came to be? Only time will tell. Fruit Ninja is currently the second most popular game available on the iOS Apple App Store, surpassed in downloads only by Candy Crush, so the movie is sure to have a large and enthusiastic audience, regardless possibly of its eventual…erm…quality.

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Fruit Ninjas!

It’s a lovely sunny day here at GameHub HQ, and I’m in the mood for a delicious bowl of fresh fruit to enjoy outside at the park during lunch break. As someone who normally subsists off a diet entirely of cheese and chocolate, this new-found health kick is an alarming one. What could possibly have prompted it? Well, possibly playing Fruit Ninja.

Fruit Ninja is a madcap mobile game about slashing up sweet, sweet produce. You can read all about it by following this link HERE. It’s very much a child-friendly game in content, and may inspire your kids to take a renewed interest in healthy eating. Or swords. Sometimes their minds work in strange ways, let’s be honest. Perhaps use this as an opportunity to remind your dearest ones about the importance of taking care around knives..?

For more Fruit Ninja themed entertainment, why not check out the videos below, carefully gathered from across the vastness of the internet and bought, with love and strawberries, to you:

Adam Savage Slices Airborne Fruit With a Sword in Slow Motion on ‘MythBusters’ Like in the Video Game ‘Fruit Ninja’

Real Life Fruit Ninja Chops Over 140 Lemons With a Sharp Knife in a Little Over a Minute

Two Real Life Fruit Ninjas Compete as They Slice Through Flying Fruits in Slow Motion

And a final reminder, if you want to learn more about Fruit Ninja and it’s suitability for your family, you can read all about it in our content report by clicking HERE or on the icon below. Happy slicing!

Fruit Ninja Free

New Entries

Your Starter For 20.

Everything has to start somewhere. When we started GameHub, we began with a BETA selection of 20 games. Each and every one had a reason for being there: the majority were requested by the parents we met on our many fact-finding road-trips around the country. There were games that parents were worried about and wanted an explanation of what the content was. There were games that parents had heard stories and rumours about and wondered if they were true, or just playground gossip. And there were many games that parents were contemplating purchasing but they felt they needed more information to make an informed choice.  A few titles, such as Gone Home and Small Fish, were added because The Boss felt they were a good representation of a lesser known genre – Small Fish is a sound-toy for Under Fives, and Gone Home is an award-winning adventure story about LGBQT teen issues.

We thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and return to some of our very first entries. We will revisit many of these games in the future to do a more in-depth blog post because there is so much more to say, but for now, let’s just cast our eyes back over the games that got us started:

Link List:

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Triple Town
  3. To The Moon
  4. Tomb Raider
  5. Small Fish
  6. Warlock: Master of the Arcane
  7. Octodad: Dadliest Catch
  8. Plague Inc
  9. Shatter
  10. Shelter
  11. Mario Kart 8
  12. Little Things
  13. Hitman Go
  14. GuaLeNi
  15. Gone Home
  16. Goat Simulator
  17. Fruit Ninja
  18. Crossy Road: Endless Arcade Hopper
  19. Castles In The Sky
  20. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare