Most Green Lantern fans remember 2011’s Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game, but many don’t know that this wasn’t the first time Green Lantern was the subject of a solo video game. For those who want to know more about the abandoned 1990s Green Lantern game, there’s a new book coming out that will shed light on the story of this game along with more than eighty other video games that weren’t. The Games That Weren’t by Frank Gasking is due for an August 15th, 2020 publication date by Bitmap Books.
Frank contacted me several years ago when he was doing research on his book and we exchanged emails about the topic. I knew about the game but not the story of its troubled development, but Frank was looking for a bit more information on what was going on in the comics at the time and that’s what led to our conversations. I answered some questions and since then I’ve kept quiet about the project but now I’m glad to say that the book is getting a fate better than the book’s subject matter. Frank recently contacted me to let me know that the 644-page hardcover book is available for pre-order from the publisher in the UK. Frank has spent seven years working on the book doing extensive research in the games, something he’s very familiar with considering he runs the Games That Weren’t website.
Dean Evans, who wrote the music for the game, has several YouTube videos up showcasing music from the game, which sounds pretty good considering the era. Here’s the title track.