Calvin and Hobbes - The Video Game

Calvin and Hobbes - The Video Game

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Calvin and Hobbes - The Video Game

Title: Calvin and Hobbes - The Video Game
Pixel Artist: johanvinet  (Level 7 Sheriff :: 8687 points)
Posted: 5/22/2012 2:57:00 AM
Palette: 16 colors
Statistics: 65 comments :: 181 favorites :: 0 avatars

Calvin and Hobbes - "what the 16-bit video game could have been" (Sega Genesis or Atari ST version)

Parallax scrolling version here.

GIF version here (28Mo).

(all rights reserved Bill Watterson)

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Bloudit (Level 1 Rookie) at 6/4/2014 8:25:00 PM

I saw this in the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson and recognized it immediately. Great job!

JustinGameDesign (Level 8 Marshal) at 3/29/2014 8:29:00 AM

This is what Watterson was trying to prevent when he retired from the comic and became a recluse--he knew the world couldn't handle the awesomeness of this game and was trying to save all the people whose heads would explode. Good job.

thehobosapien (Level 3 Stalker) at 1/10/2014 2:14:00 AM

i wish this was a game~

w4rlock (Level 5 Sniper) at 3/5/2013 6:11:00 PM

 well done 

Sapei (Level 1 Rookie) at 2/6/2013 12:14:00 PM

Indeed !

Beeblebrox (Level 5 Captain) at 1/19/2013 9:34:00 PM

Very well done. I salute you.

colorandcontrast (Level 1 Rookie) at 10/30/2012 1:30:00 PM

Oh, if only.

vmarach21 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) at 10/4/2012 5:03:00 PM

 Love calvin and hobbes broseph.

UltimateLucas (Level 1 Rookie) at 9/11/2012 5:50:00 AM

 I would love play this!

Sanfrouah (Level 3 Hatchikyu) at 7/2/2012 8:26:00 AM

Une très bonne idée et une superbe réalisation.

Ergg (Level 5 Rokkyu) at 6/19/2012 3:15:00 PM

 En effet le style est super sympa.

Elastico-Gadget (Level 5 Rokkyu) at 6/18/2012 12:03:00 PM

Très très beau travail :)

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 6/4/2012 1:02:00 AM

Thx a lot for your comments ! :)

chanfan (Level 7 Underboss) at 6/3/2012 11:37:00 AM

That's pretty awesome! :)

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) at 5/29/2012 1:26:00 PM

Too bad its the last day of this being on the front page...I have loved seeing this all week long when I login.

Here's hoping for a surprise on the Monthly Top10

TheZakMan (Level 2 Kukyu) at 5/29/2012 6:53:00 AM

OMG! this is superb.. love the concept.

Jeremy H (Level 4 Deputy) at 5/29/2012 2:55:00 AM

brilliant ! It match as hell with the comics.

Gavralcraw (Level 5 Killer Klown) at 5/28/2012 7:52:00 PM

Love it!

StarQueen (Level 1 Depressed) at 5/28/2012 6:04:00 PM


bugman (Level 2 Flatfoot) at 5/28/2012 5:51:00 PM


Dusty-Drake (Level 1 Rookie) at 5/27/2012 10:12:00 AM

 So beautiful!

It really does feel like the comic  books.


Also, I posted this elsewhere in a "show off art your found thread"

In case you want to see what others think

VOW (Level 1 Rookie) at 5/26/2012 11:43:00 AM

That's beautiful there.

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) at 5/26/2012 8:58:00 AM


MCSuire (Level 1 Intern) at 5/25/2012 1:45:00 PM

 That is so cool it makes me want to cry ;D

This should be made into a real game :D

Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) at 5/24/2012 11:09:00 PM

Yes. YES. YES!

Might've benefitted from another parallax layer behind the midground, but otherwise great. Love those bouncy walkcycles.

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) at 5/24/2012 4:43:00 PM

I love it, especially the palette. So rich.

ryumaru (Level 3 Private Eye) at 5/24/2012 2:38:00 PM

 I logged in just to fave this. great translation of the inking style to pixels.

Peelz (Level 3 Private Eye) at 5/24/2012 1:49:00 PM

 Ho-ly crap. My favorite characters/comic in the world made into a game? I would die, but die oh so happy. As others have said, you translated Watterson's style into pixels PERFECTLY. Thank you!


Stickman (Level 6 SWAT) at 5/24/2012 1:08:00 PM


TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) at 5/24/2012 11:40:00 AM

Mind blowing!

iMoose (Level 6 SWAT) at 5/23/2012 6:48:00 PM

 Man, you totally nailed the style! Incredible! The more I look at this the more I like it. Great memories attached to Calvin and Hobbes

Kittygurl521 (Level 2 Hired Gun) at 5/23/2012 6:35:00 PM

 Fantastic walk cycles!

iLKke (Level 9 Executioner) at 5/23/2012 3:50:00 PM

Now there's something you don't see every day :)

bEEtle (Level 1 Jukyu) at 5/23/2012 1:42:00 PM

This is Brilliant! Love the comics. You grabbed the style really nicely!

epoxy (Level 1 Rookie) at 5/23/2012 1:29:00 PM

Wow, perfect interpretation of a pair of favorite characters!

Calv (Level 7 Assassin) at 5/23/2012 12:40:00 PM

Cool, love calvin and hobbes

Adam (Level 9 Major General) at 5/23/2012 11:52:00 AM

Great piece! Really cartoonish.

Have you tried not to scroll the whole dithering pattern of the ground? It may ruin the feeling of movement a bit, but it could be more comfortable for the eye.

Jabberwock (Level 2 Hired Gun) at 5/23/2012 11:51:00 AM

Incredibly great, stylish and with a lot of goodness . I want to play it! 

skeddles (Level 11 Psychopath) at 5/23/2012 10:11:00 AM

awesome job, love it, especially the parallax version

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 5/23/2012 5:54:00 AM

 Thank to all of you <3 ! I'll try to imagine some levels (like the Spiff Level, and definitively a Snow level)

Pukeko (Level 2 Dealer) at 5/23/2012 1:56:00 AM

 I'd play that game!

marple (Level 3 Private Eye) at 5/22/2012 5:47:00 PM

I like

Paulo Peres (Level 6 SWAT) at 5/22/2012 5:43:00 PM

Man, this is really awesome!

wish04 (Level 5 Sniper) at 5/22/2012 3:16:00 PM

I really love how you captured the overall style of the comic.

failureboy (Level 6 Hitman) at 5/22/2012 1:55:00 PM

Just imagine the Spaceman Spiff level... 

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) at 5/22/2012 1:45:00 PM

I love Calvin and Hobbes! This is awesome.

Doctor Octoroc (Level 1 Depressed) at 5/22/2012 1:35:00 PM

I've wanted a Calvin & Hobbes game since I was a kid! I imagined it being more like Mario 64 but this looks amazing. Such great and perfect representation of the style at such a small resolution. Hobbes can't be taller than 32 px and that's impressive!

Laughing Llama (Level 1 Gangster) at 5/22/2012 1:08:00 PM


My only suggestion is maybe stagger their walk cycles by a couple frames.

Mr.Fahrenheit (Level 6 Serial Killer) at 5/22/2012 12:58:00 PM


reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) at 5/22/2012 10:09:00 AM

Love it, awesome job.

Lehmure (Level 3 Sergeant) at 5/22/2012 9:05:00 AM


This P.A is so cool. ;D

Felix20 (Level 2 Kukyu) at 5/22/2012 8:42:00 AM

 very nice indeed :)

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 5/22/2012 8:33:00 AM

Very cool.

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 5/22/2012 7:24:00 AM

Yes indeed. But I chose that way, not so shocking for a fake game ;)

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) at 5/22/2012 7:18:00 AM

You could always combine sprites, no? There are many games on the Genesis with A LOT bigger sprites. 

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 5/22/2012 6:58:00 AM

 @ptoing : You're right about Hobbes, he should have been taller, but the maximum sprites size of the Sega Genesis is (normally) 32x32 pixels. I cheated a little bit ;)

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) at 5/22/2012 6:49:00 AM

This looks really nice, tho Hobbes is a bit small. I think he is taller in the comics.

Aside from that I have to say that I really highly respect Bill Waterson for not wanting to have ANY merchandise of Calvin and Hobbes. I think there is one T-Shirt they made for an exhibition at the MOMA, but that's it. Everything else you can buy with C&H on it is illegal.

orange08 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) at 5/22/2012 6:28:00 AM

I would play this.

Damian (Level 9 Federal Agent) at 5/22/2012 6:09:00 AM

 Wow, this really is great. I too love the dithering. I kind of like the version on your website more, the one where the characters walk through the scnene. More my preference though.

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 5/22/2012 5:45:00 AM

 @Jalonso: Thx a lot! (I looked at your work: it's absolutely amazing !)

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) at 5/22/2012 5:33:00 AM

This is awesome! From the start screen alone I can envision the whole game... it has made my day!

The dithering (could have used a little more) is actually a smart design choice as it evoques a newpaper comic print style.

Perfectly pixelled --- fav'd

johanvinet (Level 7 Sheriff) at 5/22/2012 4:58:00 AM

@Claredeth: Thank you ! :)

Bam112 (Level 1 Intern) at 5/22/2012 4:47:00 AM


this is very nice! I just don't like the dithering in the background. 

Mrmo Tarius (Level 9 Executioner) at 5/22/2012 4:45:00 AM

 This would have been my favourite game :/

Claredeth (Level 4 Shichikyu) at 5/22/2012 4:41:00 AM

 This is an excellent translation of the comic's style.  Welcome to Pixel Joint!


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