I played the 1982 Pac-Man board game at a games party last night and I must say I was surprised that it's genuinely enjoyable. Up to four players move around the board, gobbling pills, but the twist is that you also control the ghosts too. You roll two dice, using one to control your Pac-Person and the other to move a ghost. Will you go on a munch-frenzy with your high roll or use it to go on the offensive? Catch a player with a ghost and they're sent back to their home square, letting you steal two of their marbles as a reward, but if you've gobbled up a nice pile of pills it can be difficult for other players to take you down. Down the pub, surrounded by fellow geeks, after a few drinks, it's rollicking good fun. It's not perfect but certainly not the boring cash-in I was expecting.
So, adaptations, then. What's your favourite video game based upon a book, film, myth, legend, meal, car or corporate mascot?