First Look At The Hunger Games Video Game In Action

First Look At The Hunger Games Video Game In Action

You’ll be able to play a Hunger Games video game this Thursday, if you’ve got an iOS device. The free game is based on the book and upcoming movie that depict the an annual televised competition for survival between boys and girls in huge arenas in a ruined North America.

The game is a prequel to the movie, and, unlike so many movie tie-ins, it’s got a shot at being good.

We’ve got the first look at the game in action from the folks at Lionsgate, and, what do you know? It’s a runner, like the great iPhone game Canabalt. That makes perfect sense, since the game — full title: The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire — was created by a team led by Canabalt creator Adam Saltsman.

Girl on Fire stars Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen and is set in the forest outside her home, where, according to the official game summary, she is “attacked by swarms of Capitol-engineered tracker jackers”. The game is set before the movie but references the film and the Suzanne Collins book on which all of this is based. You can run, jump levels, aim and shoot — all a bit more complex than Canabalt but hopefully just as fun.

The game’s soundtrack is by Canabalt Danny Baranowsky. You can hear some of his music in the second part of the above clip.

The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire will be available this Thursday on the iTunes App store. The Hunger Games movie will be out on Thursday.


    • no no. It’s totally original, see:
      “Collins says that the inspiration to write The Hunger Games came from channel surfing on television. On one channel she observed people competing on a reality show and on another she saw footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two “began to blur in this very unsettling way” and the idea for the book was formed.”
      She forgot to mention the bit where she channel surfed onto Battle Royale.

  • I remember when Battle Royale was made with adults instead of kids and called The Running Man .
    The basic ideas are hardly original to Battle Royale.

    • I’d maybe agree with you, except Steven King, who wrote Running Man, noted that The Hunger Games of was unusually similar to Battle Royale although he liked both. The “contest” novel is a really, really old idea.
      The using teenagers part as a social punishment and focusing on the relationships between them is what BR introduced, and it makes it quite distinct from both Logan’s Run and Running Man.

      • I agree with you , I just think a lot of people think Battle Royale is more original than it really is . It’s still a great movie though. : )

  • Tell me about it. I read synopsis of the books on wikipedia. The plot of the first book is almost identical to Battle Royale, and the second and third books followed a very similar plot to the second BR movie.

    I’m not accusing her of plagiarism, but she could at least acknowledge the inspiration.

  • *holds myself up for ransom with a nerf gun primed and aimed at my head*

    cancel the next 2 movies or i will shoot!

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