Variety reports that a software company named MumboJumbo has purchased the rights from NBC to make The Office video game.

Money shot:

Peacock net comedy will be the first-ever Hollywood license for the publisher, which makes inexpensive arcade-style games. It plans to turn “The Office” into a humorous game in which players have to handle jobs and play pranks at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch.

Inexpensive + humorous + “players have to handle jobs” = Trainwreck.

This reminded me of other poorly conceived TV shows cum video games:

  • Punky Brewster: Brandon’s Revenge for the Atari 5200
  • Doogie Howser: The Caves of Maltdar for Sega
  • What’s Happening Now! Where’s Dwanye? for Sega CD
  • Soap Quest for Intellivison
  • Tootie: KillDeathKill, A Facts of Life Game for Collecovision
  • Gilligan’s Island 6: Gilligan’s Hideaway for PC


  • Buck Rogers: Hawk’s Love Triangle (never released)

If done well (and if the writers have any involvement it will be) an The Office game could be a fun little distraction. If done poorly (see ET and Raiders for the Atari 2600) it will be another example of “quick buckiness.”

  1. Hey… if you’re going to start blogging video game news, I’m going to have to start hosting comedians’ nights at local watering holes.

  2. dieactordie

    Did you cover this? I fear it will be a crappy LOST for iPod type of game.

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