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What Calvin and Hobbes Could Have Looked Like as a 16-Bit Video Game [Animated GIF]

There is little doubt that fans of Calvin and Hobbes would have loved to own a video game featuring this awesome pair of characters. Enter game artist Johan Vinet and his passion for the pair as he ‘imagines’ what the Start Screen of a 16-bit Calvin and Hobbes video game for Sega Genesis or Atari ST could have looked like.

Note: We have embedded the fixed background version here for best viewing purposes (small file size).

You can view a video version of the Calvin and Hobbes Start Screen as well as downloading either (or both) versions of the animated GIF using the links below.

View the Fully Animated Version of the Calvin and Hobbes Start Screen Special Note: This animated background version of the image is ~27.5 MB in size and will take a bit to fully load.

Calvin and Hobbes – “what the 16-bit video game Could have been” (Sega Genesis or Atari ST version) [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/4/13

Comments (11)

  1. xenosapien

    there´s obviously a guy capable of doing the art, and we have a community (outside of this site, too, of course) full of potential game developers waiting for their chance.
    if the right people get together, this could happen… maybe a little “kick start” could help, (
    ifyouknowwhatimsayin) ^^

  2. Xana452

    Please, just let me press Start. I will pay any amount of money.

  3. Jimmy

    Not a gamer but, I would play this game. love C&H

  4. Me

    Well go ahead and press it — I’ll even let you do it for *free*! (Aren’t I nice?)

    OH! You meant you wanted something to happen on the screen AFTER you pressed it. That’s different.

    Now that I’ve said my snarky comment: **ME TOO**. :-)

    (Although I’m afraid that playing it in our imagination is much better than an actual game would be.)

  5. NSDCars5

    I would so love this game… *sigh* Yeah, I also want something to happen after I press Start.

  6. SlimyDog

    Sadly I don’t think this game will ever be able to be developed without proper permission from the author. And we all know how that can be.

  7. Anybodysguess

    I keep clicking start but nothing happens.
    Noooooooooooo. I’ve been waiting for this game for years.

  8. Jack

    Boy! I sure miss Calvin and Hobbs. The person who did that cartoon had me in the palm of his hand. I remember the snow men he made with gruesome imagination. . . he had them doing some horrid things.

  9. indianacarnie

    Yeah….. I was clicking on that start menu option too……….. You just know there would be a part with Spaceman Spiff!

  10. Bill

    That strip was true genius… I was broken-hearted when he stopped drawing it, but understood why (there are quite a few that should follow his lead as their fresh ideas stopped being fresh decades ago). I would have loved a C&H game…. Bill, you listening???

  11. F

    Kickstarter project anybody? :)

    In the age of online games, or super power desktops, there’s all sorts of wonderful possiblities to make C&H’s Stupendous Sunday Adventure a game play reality!

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