Top Gun is one of the greatest movies of all time and has a cult following. Starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, the American romantic military action drama film has grown in popularity since its release in 1986. Even to this day, the movie is often on television and is popular among young adults.
One of the reasons why Top Gun became such a ‘cool movie’ and relevant to this day is its portrayal of machismo and bravado with a hint of sentiment. The heroes in Top Gun are men with heart and who are fighting for their country. It was one of the first movies to have fighter jet actions combined with a stunning soundtrack. It made the career of Tom Cruise, who has since gone on to achieve massive success with the Mission Impossible series.
Over 30 years have passed since Top Gun has released, but it is still in our lives and affecting us culturally. Over the years, several video games have been made based on the theme of the movie, and they have been popular too. After all, why wouldn’t anyone to fly fighter jets and wear cool sunglasses?
It is not possible for us all to join the military and be heroes, but Top Gun-based video games have allowed us to unleash our inner determination to do something bigger than ourselves. Below we look at four of the best video games based on the Top Gun movie.
Top Gun: Guts and Glory
Released in 1993, Top Gun: Guts and Glory is based on a simple but effective concept. The player controls a modern US Air Force jet through 10 different levels and battles against enemy jet fighters. Among the aircrafts that the player can choose are the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter and the F-14 Tomcat. This is a good simulation game that many beginners would have fun playing.
Top Gun: Fire At Will
Top Gun: Fire At Will is quite unique in the sense that it was created to appeal to both the hardcore gamers and the ones who just want to have some flight simulator fun Maverick-style. You get to play the role of Maverick, who is a rookie and is determined to prove himself. Although Top Gun: Fire At Will does not quite achieve its objective and cannot quite bridge the gap between the movie and the game, it is still among the better video games based on this theme.
It’s not only conventional video games that have been dedicated to the franchise; the iGaming industry has also turned to the series for inspiration. Playtech’s Top Gun, which forms part of online gaming hub Fabulous Bingo’s line-up of slot games, features 5-reels, 243-ways-to-win gameplay and visuals inspired by the movie, with characters from the franchise making up a lot of the main symbols. The title also includes the Dogfight Wilds and Danger Zone features, thematically in keeping with the film series.
Top Gun: Hard Lock
Top Gun: Hard Lock did go under the radar at the time of its release in 2012, but it is one of the best video games based on the movie. There are 15 missions which could take up to 40 minutes each to complete. After each mission, you are given a rating. The story of this game is essentially a reworking of the Top Gun movie plot in modern times, with a war in the Persian Gulf region. It does sound a bit bland, but at the same time, it is encouraging that the game tries to stay close to the movie.
Top Gun: Combat Zones
Top Gun: Combat Zones is one of the best and most intriguing games of its kind. The graphics, the soundtrack and the sheer joy of winning missions is going to keep you at this game for hours. There are no fewer than 36 different missions in locations all over the planet. The objectives of the missions are very different – no two missions are the same and they will make you work hard to win.
There are many other Top Gun-themed video games, such as Top Gun (Ocean game), Top Gun (Konami game) and The Second Mission. The essence of all these games is the same. Since the movie itself has gained popularity and is still among one of the most loved, one suspects that more and more of such video games will be released in the coming years. With the progress of technology, Top Gun-based video games are only going to become better and most fun to play.