Top 10 Worst Licensed Video Games

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The Top Ten

1 Superman 64

You would be crazy to say that this game is better than mario 64 this game is one of the worst games ever and it came out in 1999, 3 years after mario 64 all you do is fly through rings or do something useless and the amount of glitches is crazy and all the character models look the same so overall everything is bad about this game this should be number 1

Now I have the game and let me say WHATS WITH THE RINGS I MEAN WHAT SUPER MAN movie shows him going thru rings. The only exception is superman that's it everything is go hit the road

I've played missions of mischief and it's mediocre but not downright awful,

But all you do in this game is fly through rings while being timed. That's downright awful.

Why do people hate Sonic 2006 when this is an even worse game? Licensed games suck and aren't as good as the brands they're based on.

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2 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

You knew this one was coming.E.T. was only the second game based on a movie and boy, did it ever set the tone for the rest of this list.

E.T. is arguably not just one of the worst licensed games, but one of the worst games of all time, period. It was rushed out in six weeks to make money off of the movie�s success and Atari�s brand loyalty. This strategy seemed to work at first, with a high volume of sales for Christmas.

Until people started returning it. In the end, the game managed to sell so badly it helped trigger Atari�s crash and burn, losing them over $500 million. Even though the cartridges were crushed, buried, and covered with cement, in an area devoid of all life, this hasn�t stopped the game from spreading like a virus and eradicating all signs of quality from nearby towns. The developer, meanwhile, remains at large. - Magnolia

You have to be a truly terrible developer to screw up a game based on the most popular movie of the year.

Sure Superman 64 was bad, but E.T. was a big mistake of a game. - ReakMayhem

How is ET for Atari 2600 the worst video game ever (licensed or otherwise)? Let's count the ways:
Purple for putrid gameplay... Giant economy-sized check, since this game is so full of pits that it IS the pits (rotten joke intended)!
Blue for bad musical abominations... Check!
Green for graphical farts and garlic... Check, since this point is based on Atari 2600 standards.
Yellow for piss-poor lack of loyalty to source material... Giant economy-sized check, since the game has relatively little to do with the movie.
Orange for orange you a big idiot... Check!
Red for high-stress anger-inducing masochism... Giant economy-sized check!
Conclusion: The worst video game ever has LJN fingerprints all over it. What were them Laughing Joking Numbnuts thinking!

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3 Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi

"Teras Kasi" (Lucasian for "cash in on this trend NOW! ") basically features a bunch of beloved Star Wars characters, and a whole lot of annoying second stringers, beating the ever-loving crap out of each other in a stiff, badly designed manner. It also led to confusing questions like what a Jedi would need with hand-to-hand combat, since he has a sword that leaps into his hand, the ability to throw things around with his mind, and essentially no need to use his fist to beat somebody up whatsoever.

Even the most rabid Star Wars fan has chucked this one into a deep hole and forgotten about it�and that�s where it belongs. - Magnolia

4 Rambo: The Video Game

RAMBO is a awesome series I'm the rambo movies the first blood movies all great and selvester stolyone well is awesome any way SO WHY ON GODS GREEN EARTH would they make this a point gaining first person shooter that features all the movies besides 4 and the other one it should have been a 3rd person stelth shooter game that evould around strategy not this this is Call of Duty far cry 3 and bulletstorm all combined like I'm I the only one that thinks so or what

5 White Men Can't Jump

Oh my god don't even get me started with this game it mocks the movie like seriously

That's RACIST

We�ll give the developer this much: White Men Can�t Jump is indeed a hit film and it lends itself to a video game.

But the game itself is a mess and we�ve really got to wonder what it�s doing on the Jaguar, of all platforms. Seriously? The Jaguar? What, did the 3DO and the Wonderswan turn you down? - Magnolia

6 Iron Man 2
7 Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis

First Superman 64 and now this crazy joke? Can anybody say Rainbow Of Doom!

Can't say the Rainbow Of Doom, because LJN didn't create/publish this or Superman 64 - Gehenna

8 Frozen: Olaf's Quest

Wait, wait, wait. This is an actual game?

, my sister got this for Christmas.

9 Alien: Isolation

Why is this on here?!?! This is an extraordinarily amazing game set between Alien and Aliens! Whoever put this on here must really hate Ridley Scott�'s work!

10 Dragon Ball Evolution

Both this game and its movie are the biggest insult to Dragon Ball.

Okay the movie not that bad but this this is redeculos like what:(

The Contenders

11 Fight Club

Putting out a fighting game about Fight Club is a shining symbol of missing the point completely, which is just the start of this fail-laden game.

That the game is broken goes without saying, but there�s also the fact that for some reason, the game features Fred Durst. We have no idea why. Fred Durst is the frontman of Limp Bizkit as well as a director of movies (but not Fight Club). In fact, he had nothing to do with the movie or the book. We�re assuming he was somehow involved in the production of the game, or they had the rights to his image and decided to use it, or maybe they�re just like the rest of us and want to beat the crap out of Fred Durst.

Unfortunately, they surrender a golden opportunity; Fred Durst can fight back and actually win, which further proves that video games are fantasies. In real life, we�re pretty sure Adam Lambert could take Fred Durst. - Magnolia

HOW COULD YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE! ITS LIKE RESEVOIR DOGS ALL OVER AGAIN! - Dr_Sandvichius

It was not that bad (that's a lie)

12 SpongeBob Heropants

This game is a rushed ps2 game that was only in development for a few days. Blame Activision

13 Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

Oh come on! Sonic 06 should here not Sonic Boom!

But the game is better than superman 64

14 WWE Crush Hour

Worst WWE and wrestling game I've ever seen

no no - jdogjj

Wrestling games have a long and storied history in video gaming, and for some reason, people want to try and use that to make games that don�t involve wrestling. Why, we have no idea. But "Crush Hour" sums up why it�s a bad idea.

Basically, the top WWE wrestlers run around in cars and try to destroy each other. In other words, it�s "Twisted Metal" with WWE decals. We�re still not sure why THQ put this one out, but contractual obligation sounds like a good theory. - Magnolia

15 Trespasser

This would have been a great and revolutionary for it's arm controls. Only one problem, the arm controls barely work.

And who decided to have Anna's life bar on her breasts? Serously, that's just going a tad too far.

16 Dick Tracey

No one can blame the Angry Video Game Nerd for going crazy over the absence of a continue option in the NES version of Dick Tracy.

17 The Walking Dead The Walking Dead The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard . Andrew Lincoln plays the show's lead character, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma discovering ...read more.

Which one? The Telltale game or Survival Instinct? Cause I heard of them was good rather then bad...

The emotions! Their horrible! Still great game.

18 Spider Man (2002)

I love this game =(

I loved this game on Xbox it was fun and I'm not lying but and there is a but this game is little anyoning with the training and the narrator he sucked but not a bad game

19 Clash of the Titans
20 Ghostbusters (Atari)

The main problem with the Atari game of Ghostbusters is how boring it is. There�s nothing too broken about the gameplay, aside from a few minor glitches, but it�s about as repetitive as it gets before we get into color matching and typing "games". Catch the ghost, go somewhere else, catch more ghosts, go somewhere else, climb to the top of a building, and so on.

Even for Atari, this is a little dull. Sure, they couldn�t fit the humor in there, but not even some text, guys? No one-liners? Not even differentiating the Ghostbusters from each other? - Magnolia

At least the new Ghostbusters video game is pretty good.

21 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Given that Nintendo the video game company is itself a 19th-century licensed property whose old business was in trading cards, the Angry Video Game Nerd's least favourite NES game is a marriage of 19th-century licensed properties gone horribly ludicrously unbelievably wrong.

And you thought the BOOK version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was a strange case...

Probably the worst video game based on a 19th-century licensed property...

Worst

22 Dirty Dancing

Yes, they made a game out of Dirty Dancing. Or, rather they "made" a "game" "out of" "Dirty Dancing", as the game itself has basically nothing to do with the movie, or the concept of the movie, or even dancing.

It�s essentially a collection of minigames set to music that is almost, but not quite, the music from the original movie, since that would be far, far too expensive for this shameless cash-in released decades after the movie. But you can play Bejeweled, with a Dirty Dancing theme! Thanks! - Magnolia

23 Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle
24 Winx Club (Gba)

This game is basically Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku 1 but instead of being based on DBZ, it's based on the Winx Club - PerfectImpulseX

And I thought I was the only person who knows about this atrocious game... - PerfectImpulseX

25 Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure

Yet another video game that belongs in the Laughing Joking Numbnuts Hall of SHAME...

Thanks to a bunch of Laughing Joking Numbnuts who never stop ruining everything to do with video games, the worst NES games ever reviewed by the Angry Video Game Nerd are as follows:
5. Beetlejuice (and you thought the MOVIE version was strange and silly)
4. Little Red Hood (talk about bungled book licenses)
3. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (the Angry Video Game Nerd's least favourite 19th-century licensed property)
2. Action 52 (at least each of the other games on this list is ONE crazy dysfunctional video game, not 52)
1. Bill & Ted (gameplay is even more absurd than Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde AND you give Elvis a gravestone instead of a guitar. No wonder AVGN closed out his review of this game with a lengthy rant whose first line is "Was there any quality control here! ")

26 Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day

(Comparing this to most of the Ren & Stimpy games at the time, not counting Fire Dogs) So...a rather strongly debatably best-of-all-time-quality Nicktoon equals an ungodly terrible game, whereas an overrated dung heap like R&S equals a not-quite-AS-ungodly terrible game? MAKES A WHOLE LOTTA SENSE - xandermartin98

Best Nickelodeon show ever, darned near worst Nickelodeon game ever. Seems legit.

Wait a minute, WHAT KIND OF LOGIC IS THAT - xandermartin98

27 Wikipedia Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
28 Disney's Aladdin
29 Ducktales

So true, I am sick of everyone's nostalgia of the game and the show it's based on.

30 Play with the Teletubbies

The flower in the lower right hand corner looks suspiciously like unholy rainbow stamp of death brought to you by Laughing Joking Numbnuts... sounds appropriate! A video game based on the Teletubbies? Can anybody say Rainbow Of Doom!

To quote PeanutButterGamer: "Anyone who is young enough to enjoy this game, I can assure you, is too young to properly operate a PlayStation controller." A solid reason why the PS1 was for older kids or teen audiences.

31 Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour

Hannah Montana: Raised by Billy Ray Cyrus, OWNED BY JEM!

Velociraptor

32 Thor: God of Thunder
33 Pokemon Gold

Why is this on here?

Hate you all who put this on the list, this isn't even a licensed game, you idiotic scum.

Nintendo owns the Pokemon series. It's not a licensed game.

Pokemon sillver is better

34 The Wizard of Oz

A Wizard Of Oz game on SNES that's barely playable thanks to insane jump physics? Apparently it isn't absurd enough that both movie (ca. 1939) and book (ca. 1900) versions of The Wizard Of Oz have been stuck in copyright limbo for such a long time...

35 Ice Age: Continental Drift - Arctic Games
36 Horrid Henry: Missions of Mischief
37 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Trouble

Oh boy this game was terrible. Why did they make it 3D if you can only go left and right. They put no effort into it and it's so boring. I was 7 when I played this game and I knew it was bad... and I liked pretty much any game with someone from Disney Channel in it.

38 Dragon Ball Z Kinect

A total desgrace to the franchise

39 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
40 Duck Dynasty Duck Dynasty was an American reality television series on A&E that portrayed the lives of the Robertson family, who became successful from their family-operated business, Duck Commander.

Why was this made?

41 South Park

Just watch any review or let's play of it to know why it's bad.

The PS1 and PC versions were awful. The N64 version is one of my favorites!

42 Sanjay and Craig: Butterslide

This exists?

43 Little Red Hood

Subpar video games based on book licenses would be bad enough, but butchering children's nursery tales? Can anybody say Rainbow Of Doom!

Probably the worst video game based on a book license...

44 Beetlejuice (Nes)

And you thought Beetlejuice the MOVIE was strange and silly...

45 Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Nes)

This Daydreaming Davey clone has barely anything to do with Tom Sawyer.

46 Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six

At least the Angry Video Game Nerd managed to review this game without using his least favourite three-letter word (which is short for Laughing Joking Numbnuts).

47 Dante's Inferno

We get THIS game but not Dante's Purgatory or Dante's Paradise?

48 Mobile Fighter G Gundam (The Obscure Java Game)

Terrible controls and bad gameplay makes it the worst fighting game I've ever played. - PerfectImpulseX

49 Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon

At least this game was made long before anyone had counted on Donald Trump becoming the worst presidential candidate ever!

Who thought that making a game based on you-know-who was a good idea? - PerfectImpulseX

50 Heartcatch Precure: Oshare Collection
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1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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2. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi
3. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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