Over on the Cavalcade of Awesome, I looked at 14 vintage ads for video games based on movies. So this week on Held Over, I'm looking at video game movies.
Here's an ad for 1984's Cloak and Dagger. Dabney Coleman plays the dual role of Henry Thomas' father and the imaginary super spy Jack Flack. Jack Flack is from the boy's favorite video game, Cloak and Dagger.
The video game that is central to this movie was based on an actual game. The game itself was in development before the movie and was named Agent X. When production started for the movie the game's gameplay was tweaked and the name was changed to Cloak & Dagger. Screenshots for the video game in the movie came from the arcade version. However, in the movie, the Cloak & Dagger game is a cartridge from the Atari 5200. An Atari 5200 version of the game was planned but never released due to the home video game industry collapse in 1984, right after this movie was released.
Other video game movies:
- Joysticks (1983)
- War Games (1983)
Watch the Cloak and Dagger trailer: