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1Sometimes fans love a property so much that they end up making {{derivative works}}. One such type is the fan {{video game}}.A fan video game, or "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fangame fan game]]" for short, is technically any type of game made by fans, for fans. In the context of this article, however, it is a game that is made completely (or near-completely) from the ground up. This contrasts it with a GameMod, which uses an existing game as its basis. Unlike an UnlicensedGame, these games are [[FreewareGames rarely sold for profit]].Fan games are prone to {{Troubled Production}}s and are oftentimes {{vaporware}}. In contrast with just modding a game, making an original title can just be too much work for fans (especially since [[DoingItForTheArt there is no profit in it]]). Other times, a [[FanworkBan cease-and-desist]] from the content owner puts an end to the project.Contrast with GameMod and can overlap with FanSequel and FanRemake. See also ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'', ''[=OpenBOR=]'' and UsefulNotes/RPGMaker, [[GameMaker video game engines]] that are used to make their own fan games for {{Fighting Game}}s, BeatEmUp and {{RPG}}s respectively.----!!Examples:[[foldercontrol]][[folder: Based on Anime & Manga ]]* ''VideoGame/GriefSyndrome'' is a BeatEmUp based on the anime ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Live-Action Films ]]* ''VideoGame/TheRoomTheGame'' turns ''Film/TheRoom'' into a 2D Top-Down Adventure-Style game.* ''VideoGame/TerrordromeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'' is a big IntercontinuityCrossover between many of the famous monsters of movies, all made in {{CGI}}. Just like ''MLP: Fighting Is Magic'', the game has been closed various times because of [[ScrewedByTheLawyers cease-and-desist clauses]], but eventually was recreated in other {{fighting game}} engines like ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' and ''Fighter Maker 2000'' by ripping their sprites and sounds to be remade under those engines.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Literature ]]* ''VideoGame/WarriorCatsUntoldTales'' is a WideOpenSandbox based off the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series which allows you to become a Clan cat (or rogue or kittypet, if you prefer), hunt, and explore.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Live-Action TV Series ]]* ''VideoGame/TheBabylonProject'' is a [[SimulationGame space combat flight simulator]] based on ''Series/BabylonFive'', using the open-source ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' engine.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Toys ]]* ''VideoGame/BionicleTheMasksOfPower'' ([[https://jojordan2.wixsite.com/bioniclemasksofpower here's the homepage]]) is an in-progress ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' fan-game recreating the 2001 saga and boasting an extensive re-creation of the island of Mata Nui.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Video Games ]]* ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'':** ''Spyro: Myths Awaken'' was a game based off of the original ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' trilogy. It was originally conceived as ''Spyro 4'' before being renamed. ''Myth Awakens'' had a {{retraux}} style similar to the [=PS1=] games. The game was cancelled after it received a cease-and-desist. It was turned into ''VideoGame/ZeraMythsAwaken'', starring a new protagonist.** ''VideoGame/Spyro2SpringSavanna'' is a fan {{interquel}} between the [[VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage second]] and [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon third]] games that is in development. It [[{{retraux}} emulates the style]] of the games as well. The game creates a spring-based home world to go with the summer, autumn, and winter ones in the original ''Spyro 2''.** ''VideoGame/SpyroMortasMayhem'' is a fan game in development. It allows you to play various characters such as Spyro, Flame, Ember, and Cynder.* ''VideoGame/TheMansion'' is a game based off of ''VideoGame/ClockTower''.* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'':** ''Project AXSX'' refers to a [[DevelopmentHell long-running]] attempt to recreate the famous cancelled ''Sonic'' game ''VideoGame/SonicXTreme''. It is one of various attempts but is the most well-known.** ''VideoGame/SonicUtopia'' is an in-development fan game from a ''Sonic'' fan who doesn't like how Sega does 3D ''Sonic''. It features Sonic's classic design and attempts to emulate the original games' charm with an open-world 3D twist.** ''VideoGame/SonicAges'' is a hand-drawn sidescroller styled after the classic games.** ''VideoGame/SonicStudio'' is a Mega Drive-style game where players can build their own ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' levels. All the sprites are built from the ground-up.* ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot'': ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootCrystalsWrath'' is a ''Crash Bandicoot'' fan game that has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for a while. It's been in development since 2013 but has been restarted several times. It was originally fully 3D ala ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' but is now TwoAndAHalfD like the original ''Crash'' trilogy.* ''Franchise/MegaMan'' is [[FanWorks/MegaMan no slouch in the fan-game department, either]]. Expect to see a lot of SailorEarth Robot Masters:** ''VideoGame/HardHat'' is a series of fangames based on ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series.** ''VideoGame/RokkoChan'' is a Rule63 example.** ''VideoGame/MegaManADayInTheLimelight'', where Robot Masters take the place of the Blue Bomber.* There are several ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fan games made in UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash and other game engines. [[FanWorks/SuperMarioBros Here's a full list.]] Prominent examples include:** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosCrossover'' sees several UsefulNotes/{{NES}} stars playing through recreations of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosSpecial'', and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'',** ''Super Mario Fusion'' was a ''Franchise/{{Mario}}'' fan game with a focus on Mario and friends adventuring through the {{Real World|Episode}}, with assets from ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' as a basis. Eventually, other developers began adding [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover more content and playable characters from other games,]] such as [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic, Tails,]] [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Roll,]] [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Arthur,]] and many more, eventually renaming the project ''VideoGame/MushroomKingdomFusion''. Unfortunately, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR_etUlYSOE a number of factors led to the project's cancellation]]. The original head developer went on to make ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' with intent to {{revisit|ingTheRoots}} the initial concept.** ''VideoGame/Mari0'' is ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' with a VideoGame/{{Portal}} Gun.** ''VideoGame/PsychoWaluigi'' aims to fill the demand for a starring role for everyone's favorite AdvertisedExtra.* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':** The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashFlash'' series, ''[[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Super Smash Flash 2]]'' in particular, is an unofficial ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' installment made entirely in UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash.** ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosCrusade'' does something similar to the above.* ''VideoGame/AbobosBigAdventure'' gives ADayInTheLimelight to the eponymous GiantMook from ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'', having him fight through a huge mashup of UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem goodness.* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has [[https://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Fangames an enormous amount of fangames]] for a game made by a single person, ranging from simple Flash games to shoot'em ups to RPGS to actual console games.* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While most fan games from this franchise are ROM hacks, ''VideoGame/PokemonUranium'' took 9 years to make in UsefulNotes/RPGMaker, and it features a whole new region with 100+ new {{mons}}. Unfortunately, it was taken down to avoid copyright claims.* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' [[https://raymanpc.com/wiki/en/List_of_notable_Rayman_fangames has list of some fangames made by different developers]].* ''VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons'':** ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' started life as a ''Harvest Moon'' fan-game before becoming a SpiritualSuccessor instead.** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMeadowOfDreams'' is an attempt at making a fan-game using fan feedback. It includes things people want in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'', such as a GayOption.* ''Chrono Trigger Resurrection'' (later renamed ''Chrono Resurrection'') was to be a full-3D remake of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', until it was C&D'd away (a few years later, Creator/SquareEnix would publish the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS port).* ''VisualNovel/LoveIsStrange'' is a {{romance|Game}} VisualNovel based on ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''.* Due to the 10+ year SequelGap after ''VideoGame/TheGreatGianaSisters'', the ''VideoGame/GianaSisters'' has had several fan-games: ** ''Giana's Return'' is a FanSequel that began development in 1998 and ended development in 2004. A different coder restarted the game but almost had to quit because [[VideoGame/GianaSistersDS an official sequel]] was coming out; ''Giana's Return'' was allowed to continue as long as it was freeware. The last patch for the game was released in 2014. ** ''Giana Madness'' is a cancelled 3D fan game. ** ''Mario & Giana Adventure'' is a 3D crossover between ''Giana Sisters'' and ''Super Mario Bros''. ** ''Giana Worlds'' is a 1999 FanSequel to the original game. It has a cancelled sequel called ''Giana Worlds 2''.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Visual Novels ]]* ''Higurashi Daybreak'' started out as a fan-made first-person shooter based on ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. It was eventually [[AscendedFanon canonized]] and remade.* ''VideoGame/KatawaCrash'' is a Flash game loosely based on ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Web Originals ]]* ''VideoGame/TheBOSSAJacksepticeyeFanGame'' is a fan-game based off of the Website/{{Youtube}}r LetsPlay/JackSepticEye.** VideoGame/TheBOSSIsNothing is its {{DLC}}.* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':** ''VisualNovel/SummerRoseCourt'' is a {{visual novel}} based off of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''.** ''VideoGame/RWBYGrimmEclipse'' started out as a fan-game but partway through development it was licensed.[[/folder]][[folder: Based on Western Animation ]]* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':** For more, see [[VideoGame/OtherFriendshipIsMagicFanGames here]].** Up until its [[ScrewedByTheLawyers cease-and-desist]]. ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'' was a game based on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic.'' After the [=CnD=], Creator/LaurenFaust joined the Mane 6 team and helped to retool the project, which eventually became known as ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds''.** ''VisualNovel/StarswirlAcademy'' was originally a romance visual novel based off of ''Friendship is Magic'' where you can date [[MoeAnthropomorphism humanized versions]] of the Mane Six. Creator/{{Hasbro}} forced the characters to be name changed, however their designs and personalities were not, resulting in a cast full of CaptainErsatz. Even the characters initials are the same.** ''VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks'' is an 8-bit horror game where Apple Bloom stumbles into the Everfree Forest.* Nick Kalmar developed a ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' homage game, with help from artist Shelley Pleger and sprite builder Reggie, among others. It's a simple platform jumper with an occasional hazard to throw snowballs at. It's available as freeware from the fan site [[http://cdd4ever.com]] under the Fun Stuff tab.* ''VideoGame/EggsForBart'' is a horror game based on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and a line from ''WebVideo/GameGrumps''.* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesRescuePalooza'' is a fan game of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' that pays homage to the {{Licensed Game}}s of the cartoon developed by Creator/{{Konami}}.[[/folder]]----

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