It isn’t Christmas without Home Alone, the cult film from the 1990s starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Its siege of the McCallister mansion, sturdily and heroically defended by little Kevin, still fascinates young and old alike, and viewing it is now an established Christmas tradition.
The older folks among you will no doubt remember that, as a result of the film’s success, an official video game was also released in those years.
Home Alone was launched on the NES in North America in 1991, with the European debut coming the following year in Super Nintendo and SEGA Mega Drive versions.
Multiple versions of the game with different gameplay styles have been released over the years, but all obviously started from the same premise: Kevin, who was left at home by his parents during the Christmas vacations, had to fend off tap bandits Harry and Marv.
Also among the kids who grew up with the Home Alone video game is Simon Brewer, formerly of Rocksteady Studios who now works as an Expert UI Artist for Unbroken Studios.
This holiday season he got carried away by memories and thoughtfully put his UI Artist skills to good use in a modern reinterpretation of that game that kept him company in the early 1990s:
I loved and hated the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Home Alone game when I was a kid, and I wanted to make something quick and fun for the holidays! so…
What if Home Alone got the modern day video game treatment?
Happy Holidays y'all! 💙 #HomeAlone pic.twitter.com/4J9FLyR38z
— Simon Brewer (@bunny_ballball) December 21, 2022
In Brewer’s opinion, if it came out today it would be called Home Alone: Siege and would have the most classic of siege preparation screens.
This would be a competitive 1v2 game and would feature one player as Kevin and two others on the tap bandit team.
There are plenty of goodies in the artist-made screenshot, such as a glue gun as a secondary weapon, diversionary items among the painstreaks, and objects such as firecrackers in the inventory.
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