Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice turns 30 years outdated right this moment and The Ringer has a unbelievable story concerning the origins of the horror-comedy movie, together with some shocking particulars like a scrapped ending that will have seen Lydia, Winona Ryder’s character, die in a hearth and Burton’s authentic casting selection for Betelgeuse: Sammy Davis, Jr.
The anniversary of Beetlejuice jogged my memory of one other quirk concerning the film: Developer Rare — of Banjo-Kazooie and Sea of Thieves fame — was behind the NES video game adaptation of the movie. It’s positively not Rare’s finest work, however that was par for the course when it got here to licensed video video games of the Eight-bit period. And Rare was busy; the studio pumped out at the least 9 video games in 1991, together with Battletoads, the 12 months the Beetlejuice video game was launched. (It trailed the film by greater than three years.)
Unlike the opposite Beetlejuice video video games, which had been primarily based extra on the Beetlejuice animated sequence, Rare’s NES platformer-adventure drew primarily from the movie’s visuals. The game places the participant within the function of Betelgeuse as he explores areas just like the Maitlands’ home, the sandworm-infested deserts of Saturn and the Afterlife.
Beetlejuice for NES borrows most of the film’s visuals, together with a Betelgeuse who appears to be like type of just like the character performed by Michael Keaton. The explorer with the shrunken head from Beetlejuice the film serves because the game’s shopkeeper, and you’ll struggle sandworms and a lifeless soccer participant that appear like their movie counterparts.
Beetlejuice doesn’t play very nicely. It’s a pretty rote platformer among the time, and a fetch-questy, top-down view exploration game the remainder of the time. The game has a button devoted solely to stomping on beetles — presumably to extract their juice? Perhaps its most fascinating gameplay conceit is that Betelgeuse should purchase and use “scares,” principally completely different types for “the ghost with probably the most” with particular skills. There’s additionally a spooky door that relentlessly pursues Betelgeuse at one level.
You can watch a full playthrough of Beetlejuice beneath, which solely takes about 40 minutes and ends fairly unceremoniously, within the video beneath from NintendoComplete. It’s not great a great game, however the playthrough is cathartic for these of us who struggled to complete the NES game. Or simply watch Beetlejuice once more. That’s a good film.