Jumanji: The Video Game is based on a game in a movie minus the movie

Jumanji: The Video Game on Nintendo Switch Nov. 26

Jumanji: The Video Game is heading to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on Nov. 15, 2019. And it sure came out of nowhere, huh? The game arrives by way of Bandai Namco, Outright Games, and UK developer Funsolve. Check out the teaser reveal below.

Strangely enough, the official page for Jumanji: The Video Game is more descriptive than the PR materials we received. You can play the game alone or in online or splitscreen co-op, collecting jewels to rescue the Jumanji world. You’ll be playing as Dr. Bravestone, Ruby, Mouse, and Prof. Oberon, the same characters seen in the video game in the movie. The character likenesses seem lifted from the movie, at least in the cases of the Rock (Yes, I will forever prefer to refer to him by his wrestling name exclusively.) and Jack Black.

So, I could be wrong. But in essence, Jumanji: The Video Game looks like you’ll be playing the fictional video game included in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, except minus all the movie aspects. Somebody just watched the movie and decided, “Let’s make that fictional video game nonfictional.”

And honestly, that’s fine by me in spite of the odd timing, because I loved that movie. It really did a fun job of playing with video game tropes.

What about you? Is your interest piqued to learn more? Let us know!

Jumanji: The Video Game on Nintendo Switch Nov. 15

Jumanji: The Video Game on Nintendo Switch Nov. 15


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!