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These days, celebrities are a dime a dozen in video games. From mobile to PC, it's no surprise to see some of Hollywood's finest phone it in for a quick paycheck. Yet it's rarer that a celebrity gets their own game.

From licensed games to commercials, there’s a long and terrible history of the entertainment industry's hottest names being attached to the world's strangest games. Good, bad, or just plain ugly, celebrity games are always good for a laugh — though perhaps not in the way their creators intended.

Here are 10 people you won't believe have their very own video game.

This article has been updated.

'50 Cent: Bulletproof' And 'Blood On The Sand'

From 2006 to 2009, rapper 50 Cent and G-Unit were the main subjects of two video games, both of which saw people inexplicably trying to take down 50 Cent. Here, Bulletproof had 50 Cent shooting up the New York gang scene while Blood On The Sand saw G-Unit retrieving a diamond skull from terrorists.

Ripping a page out of Max Payne, Blood On The Sand also incorporated the former's slo-mo bullet time along with a co-op mode. I'll just throw in my two cents here and say someone deserves their money back.

'PewDiePie: Legend Of The Brofist'

There probably isn't a soul on YouTube who hasn't seen or heard the name PewDiePie. There have likely been plenty who haven't heard of the video game that somehow stars him, a barrel army, and a human-giraffe hybrid. Yes, this does exist and yes, he's played it himself.

Based on the nonexistent exploits of its eponymous Let's Player, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist follows an 8-bit PewDiePie as he eludes the wrath of the Barrel King, from Africa to the North Pole. Featuring virtual cameos by YouTubers such as CinammonToastKen, JackSepticEye, Markiplier and CutiePieMarzia, the 2D action-adventure platform game is as close to playable Let's Player fan fiction as you can get.

'Michael Jordan: Chaos In The Windy City'

"A little before the Scottie Pippen charity game, Michael Jordan's teammates are abducted by mad scientist Maximus Cranium," Michael Jordan: Chaos In The Windy City's Wikipedia page currently reads. "The protagonist must save them before it's too late." This aptly describes the first and last video game of one of America's greatest ballers.

A 2D platformer akin to most early '90s ones of the same format, players are put into the shoes of Jordan as they attempt to save his kidnapped teammates while triumphing over the devious conveyer belts of Chicago. Jordan can attack with various basketballs, including exploding bomb balls, all of which he carries in endless supply. We don't know where he's stashing them and I don't think we want to know.

Shaquille O'Neal: 'Shaq Fu'

They say art imitates life, but if Shaq Fu is art of any kind, then I clearly don't get out enough. Released the same year as Chaos In The Windy City, Shaq Fu chronicles the apparent life and times of Shaquille O'Neal, kung fu master and slayer of mummies. While on his way to a charity basketball game in Tokyo, Shaq is transported to another dimension called The Second World — or "Third Helping of Sake" — to save a young boy named Nezu from an evil mummy, Sett Ra. Lucky kid.

Alas, word on Shaq Fu's sequel, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, has been pretty sparse since its announcement in 2014, so don't expect to be shooting hoops with a brother from another mummy anytime soon.

'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker'

Michael Jackson's spawned a number of video games over the years, many of them decent, many of them just plain weird. Michael Jackson's Moonwalker falls undoubtedly into the latter category.

An 8-bit recreation of MJ's 1988 musical Moonwalker, the ancient PC game incorporates the beat-'em-up gameplay of Double Dragon into the film's dance numbers. This includes the King Of Pop decapitating his well-dressed backup dancers from "Smooth Criminal" with a flick of his hat.

To top it off, rescuing his real-life pet chimp Bubbles will transform MJ into a laser-shooting cyborg. We can only hope MJ's own biopic does the star this much justice.

'Bruce Lee' (1976)

You've probably seen Bruce Lee in plenty of video games, but in 1984, he had his very own game on the Atari 800 XL. A platform/beat-'em-up hybrid, Bruce Lee saw its eponymous martial artist fighting his way through a fire wizard's tower, for glory and eternal life. Bruce Lee only fights for the best, after all.

To progress, players collected lanterns and fought 8-bit ninjas and sumo wrestlers with punches and "crushing kicks." Designed like something out of a retro Indiana Jones film, levels featured everything from mines and moving walls to an electrified floor — in feudal Japan, no less. Still, it's awesome to think that Bruce Lee was one of the earliest badasses in video game history.

'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood'

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" is the tagline that defines Kim Kardashian: Hollywood's very existence. The free-to-play mobile game sees players dress up a cartoon Kim Kardashian, like a virtual Barbie doll, book her club appearances, send her on dates and get her modeling gigs — each of which costs her "energy," which you can replenish with time. If you're the impatient type, you can break out your wallet (and dignity) for in-game "K coins" to unlock new outfits, accessories and *ahem* "fans."

Released in 2014, the game has already raked in a whopping $43 million and an estimated 5.7 billion minutes of playtime. According to reports, Kim herself had a hand in approving each and every one of the game's fashionable features. At least you can sleep soundly knowing that you're living exactly like the Kardashians for the five minutes you play on your phone every morning.

Donald Trump — 'The Apprentice: Los Angeles'

Maybe it's not so surprising that Donald Trump should have his own video game. Once upon a time, The Apprentice was the next big thing — and of course, that meant a cheap tie-in game, this time on PC.

Released for Windows in 2007, The Apprentice: Los Angeles featured everything people love about working for Trump. Running a business, earning experience, or getting fired and going home — you get to do it all in this game. Players race to get matching playing cards and more points than their rivals, all to get a thumbs up from The Donald. Its biggest achievement? The Donald's beautiful, animated hair.

Snoop Dogg: 'Way Of The Dogg'

It might not be possible to think of a game you wanted less than Way Of The Dogg. A rhythm-based fighting game, Way Of The Dogg sees you, a mere mortal named A.J., studying under apparent martial artist Snoop Dogg, fighting enemies in a whacked out, comic book-ish dojo.

Who are these people? Why are you fighting them? And why do we care? Because we need to kill 10 minutes on the bus. That, grasshopper, is the way of the Dogg.

Justin Bieber: 'Joustin' Beaver'

The power of parody is truly a marvelous thing, but not if you're intent on dodging lawsuits. Joustin' Beaver, the brainchild of Android developer RC3, was released almost four years ago and to this day we've never seen better hair on a beaver and I doubt we will again.

The point-and-tap game stars what a court of law deemed to be a parodical Justin Bieber helplessly flowing downstream. You and your trusty index finger are his only hope. Homer wrote The Odyssey. RC3 has Joustin' Beaver.

Which of these games surprised you the most? Give a shout-out in the comments below!


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