With all huss and fuss over the Silent Hills cancellation, perhaps there’s a positive side to what could have been. If Guillermo del Toro is still serious about creating video games, he’s got plenty of movies he’s worked on that could transform into wonderful games. We all know the horrendous track record of video game based movies and vice-versa, but if we were so excited for him to work with Hideo Kojima and still think it’s possible, then there’s no reason not to hope for something to come out of this. A handful of his movies have already been turned into games, but he’s had so many roles throughout his career that it’d be fun to take a look at some of the other films he’s worked on that could make for great playable entertainment.
This was one of del Toro’s first short films and gruesome at that. It follows a young boy failing his math class only to summon a demon and wish for better grades. The actual film ends with the boy being killed by the demon along with his zombified father. The premise sounds fitting for a math game on mobile devices. Think about it, you go through levels solving geometry and algebra problems and if you just call your demon buddy for assistance on those tough equations. It’d be great for school-aged children or anyone wanting to flex their brain. Perhaps, the more questions you get wrong, the closer you are dragged to hell…in a rated G sort of way. Bright colors, cute characters and upbeat music makes math sound a lot more fun than it really is.
Perhaps the most celebrated work by del Toro is the tale of a young girl trying to cure her ill mother in Pan’s Labyrinth. She embarks on a mysterious and fantastical little journey to magical areas of her home, filled with dangerous creatures and humans alike. Taking the magic and fantasy elements would instantly make this an RPG adventure. You’ll take on bosses like Pale Man and Captain Vidal while searching for useful items such as the chalk and mandrake root. Perhaps straying from the storyline of the film and creating an original plot for the game would make sense so you may team up with the Faun and fairies throughout. Painted backgrounds similar to Child of Light could fit well with this story.
Guillermo del Toro is known for his spooky, creepy mindset; it’s been his genre of choice since his amateur days. When a couple and their child move to Blackwood Manor to fix up the place, strange occurrences begin with the girl, Sally. Of course, anything called Blackwood Manor doesn’t sound like good news in the first place. A murder took place in the home years ago and now devilish creatures begin terrorizing little Sally and her family. Turning this into a game seems like a Silent Hills-esque opportunity. It perhaps could have been what the canceled game was supposed to be. There are monsters to vanquish and kids to rescue, but at the end of the movie (spoiler alert) one of the main characters dies, which can open up the game to a sequel. It may be a challenge but del Toro is dedicated to this genre and could turn it into a hit. Plus, it gives him the perfect excuse to team up with Hideo Kojima and make a horror game worthy of P.T. and Silent Hills.
This movie is set to be released later this year, but we can start speculating a video game adaptation now. This is another upcoming horror film but instead of taking the completely scary route, it could be more of a survival video game. It takes place in a large mansion with a newly married couple living in it where we find out the husband has a mysterious past. If we get to play as the wife, it’s most likely trying to make your way outside of the home to find rescue. It could be a Clock Tower type of game with the husband popping up out of nowhere. It would not be as scary as Silent Hills, with perhaps more of a Metal Gear Solid approach; the better you hide, the better you’ll survive. Things can be scary but it’s not like you’ll have nightmares after playing. But hey, this gives del Toro another chance to work with Kojima. Everybody wins!