List of fictional games

List of fictional games

This is a list of fictional games, that is games which were specifically created for works of fiction, or which otherwise originated in fiction.

Many fictional games have been "translated" to the real world by fans or ludophiles by creating pieces and rules to fit the descriptions given in the source work. For example, unofficial versions of Fizzbin can be found in reality, and Mornington Crescent is widely played in online forums.


Billiards games

Board games

Card games

Role-playing games


See also List of fictional sports teams

Other games

  • Barbarian Invaders (a clockpunk arcade game, parodying Space Invaders) - Discworld
  • Beetman - A videogame featured in American Dad, where the player is a beetroot. The game features levels such as avoiding a chef trying to cut you up, and freezing nuclear rabbits.
  • Bob-stones a form of guessing game played by the rabbits in book Watership Down by Richard Adams.
  • Chula - in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Move Along Home"
  • Cock, Muff, Bumhole - in Nathan Barley, a variation of Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Dabo (a roulette-like game at Quark's) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Deemo - A gambling game from Farscape that is lost if the player does not cheat well.
  • "The game" in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game" - head-mounted virtual reality game
  • The Glass Bead Game - Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name
  • Gobstones - Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, a marbles-like game where players are sprayed with foul-smelling liquid when they lose.
  • Hacker Snack - Lost Boys, A video game written by the protagonist, similar to Chip's Challenge.
  • House Rules Parcheesi - Ozy and Millie, a game similar to Calvinball but with predefined rules (only it's never explained what they are). The Zen idea that one must learn to let go of concrete ideas and objectives is very close to the dragons' hearts, so a game of House Rules Parcheesi only ends when a player accepts the current location of the roll of duct tape as being equally valid to the "goal," and serenely stops trying to move it. Whether the player then wins or is being rewarded for not-winning is ambiguous.
  • Light Cycles -Tron
  • Mornington Crescent - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue radio comedy programme
  • Moules ("a game of skill and dexterity, involving tortoises") - Discworld
  • The 'Nonary' Game - Saw-esque game in which nine players must attempt to solve puzzles to escape from a sinking ship alive, used in 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
  • Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 - a side-scrolling video game depicted in an animated movie of the same name
  • Poohsticks - Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Questions - Verbal game played in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. [3]
  • Quis - a building game from the Saga of the Skolian Empire novels by Catherine Asaro involving the laying down of geometric solid shapes (dice) in various combinations. The game rules contain encoded knowledge of one of the former empires in the novel series.
  • The Quizzing Device (a water-driven, clockpunk quiz machine) - Discworld
  • Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock - An extension of rock, paper, scissors with rules not interrupting the original roles of rock, paper, or scissors. It is an actual game developed for the story line of 'The Big Bang Theory' and it's inclusion has inspired several shirts displaying the hierarchy of the game.
  • Roshambo - while RoShamBo is actually rock-paper-scissors, in South Park, it involves two male competitors kicking each other in the testicles as hard as they can.
  • Sej – a dicing game played in Serpent's Reach.
  • Shibo Yancong-San (Tile-based Agatean game, similar to Mahjong, name translates as "Cripple Mr Onion") - Discworld
  • Sim Sandwich - The Simpsons (A parody of the "Sim" games)
  • Sink: A game generally played by Discordians (and people of much ilk). The rules are defined in the Principia Discordia.[1]
  • Sphere Break - Final Fantasy X-2, a mathematical game in which coins of differing values are used to break a numbered sphere.
  • Thou art Dead - Monster House
  • Trolls and Bridges - A game in the Known Space universe used to recruit military officers into an underground command structure.
  • Universal Baseball - A version of baseball played entirely by dice, from the novel The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., by Robert Coover
  • Wrestle Jam '88 - Pro wrestling video game, from The Wrestler (2008 film)

See also


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