The Thing game introduction

The Thing is basically a third person shooter video game that can send anyone for chills due to its impeccable horror content. It was released in the year 2002 under the “Black Label Games” banner. The Black Label Games actually collaborated with Universal Interactive and Konami to release the game. It is based on the movie with the same name released in the year 1982. It was directed by John Carpenter.


The Thing game was released in North America on 10 September 2002 for PlayStation and on 20 September in Europe. In Japan, the game was released on 27 February 2003. Windows and Xbox received the version of the game in North America on 20 August and 3 September 2002 respectively. The other versions like the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance were also planned but were later cancelled.

The game follows the story of Captain Blake who is the member of US Special Forces that has been sent out to the Antarctic post in order to find the research team. The endorsement of the game was done by John Carpenter who also appears in a cameo. The Thing has sold very well in the market and also received rave reviews from the critics and the experts alike. A sequel to the game was also being planned but the idea was cancelled already in the early stages of its development. The reason credited for the cancelation of sequel idea was the closing down of Computer Artworks studio in the year 2004.

Back in 2000, Universal Interactive started their research for the development of games based on feature films. After going through an ample of feature films, the company decided that one of the most intellectual properties in the arena was John Carpenter’s movie, The Thing which is purely based on the short story “Who Goes There?” written by John W Campbell. This short story had already been used by Howard Hawks to adapt it into a feature film in 1951 called, “The Thing from Another World”.

Universal Interactive however found the ending of 1982 John Carpenter’s movie more intriguing and attractive and hence they decided that its adaptation would look great on a video game.

The Thing was announced on 20 September 2000 when both Universal Interactive and Konami decided to make the game as sequel to the 1982 film in the same name. They also decided to release the game for advanced next gen consoles in the market. Out of all these consoles, only Xbox had been confirmed. Slowly, the game surfaced on all the major consoles available in the market and the users are enjoying the game to the maximum.


The gameplay of “The Thing” is extremely pleasant and interactive that leaves no space for boredom. It is purely based on the 1982 film by John Carpenter and hence, if you are the movie fan already, you would find this game as appealing as it could ever be. The graphics of “The Thing” are also something to be talked about and shall be mentioned.