Fifteen years after her last cinematic venture, everyone’s favourite fictional archaeologist adventurer, Lara Croft, returns this week on March 14 in the UK.
Hopefully she’ll end that most elusive of searches: the one for a strong film adaptation of a video game.
Indeed, the majority of attempts to transfer our favourite arcade, shoot-’em-up and platform game characters to the big screen – including the original Angelina Jolie-starring original Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel – have been more clapped-out Commodore 64 than spanking new Playstation 5.
But there are a handful of movies either about or based on video games that have bucked the trend.
From much-loved 80s classics to touching documentaries, here’s a look at eight currently available to stream on Netflix.
One of the first Hollywood movies to use a video game as part of its central premise, WarGames stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage hacker who inadvertently almost starts WWIII.
Nominated for three Oscars, this 1983 classic sees Broderick’s tech wizard access a US military supercomputer that challenges him to a nuclear battle between the USA and the Soviet Union.
Only problem is, unbeknownst to him, the game isn’t a simulation but the real thing.
Atari: Game Over
In stark contrast to the Steven Spielberg movie it spawned from, the E.T. video game bombed so hard that 700,000 copies had to be disposed of in a New Mexico landfill.
This intriguing documentary sees X-Men scriptwriter Zak Penn and his crew attempt to unearth both the actual game cartridges and the real story behind one of the gaming industry’s most notorious flops.
Man Vs Snake: The Long And Twisted Tale Of Nibbler
An early 80s video game – the original Snake game known as Nibbler – is also at the centre of this underdog documentary.
After learning that his 25-year-long world record score of one billion points has now been surpassed, Ottawa native Tim McVey decides to set out on a Rocky-esque comeback to reclaim his crown.
Of course, now a middle-aged out-of-shape father of two, it’s a task that proves to be a lot harder second time around.
Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light
Despite the name, Dad of Light isn’t another chapter of the Final Fantasy universe but instead a touching soap opera which explores how video games can bring people together.
Here, it’s an emotionally distant, recently retired father and his socially awkward son who reconnect when they both become immersed in the 14th instalment of the online role-playing game.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
One of three Halo titles currently available to stream, the live-action Forward Unto Dawn was originally conceived as a web series before its five 15-minute episodes were compiled into one feature-length movie.
This 2012 release is based on UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky’s attempts to face his fears and save mankind by taking down part of the evil military alliance known as the Covenant.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Although not based on a specific video game, Edgar Wright’s cult classic is perhaps the closest that Hollywood has got to replicating the joys of gaming on the big screen.
From the Street Fighter-esque battle sequences to the ninja-inspired parody of Dance Dance Revolution, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is packed full of video-game tropes and references.
But even if you don’t recognise a single one, you can still just sit back and enjoy its audacious plot and eye-popping visuals.
But if you are looking for one of Hollywood’s many video-game adaptations, however much-maligned they may be, then you should probably settle for the original Resident Evil.
While far from a classic, the 2002 adaptation of the Japanese survival horror game still boasts a committed no-nonsense lead performance from Milla Jovovich, an imaginative set design and plenty of heart-pounding action.
There’s also plenty of animated action based on video games to be found of Netflix. with this recent original undoubtedly one of the best.
Based on 1989’s Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, this four-part series follows the adventures of Trevor Belmont, the last surviving member of his family, and his attempts to thwart the titular vampire from destroying Eastern Europe.