Original Gamer - War of the Worlds is one of the earliest and best-known science fiction novels to be written, having been published in 1898. With the original novel, an infamous 1938 radio adaptation, a concept album by Jeff Wayne and numerous film adaptations, War of the Worlds is a classic example of a timeless story. Other Ocean Interactive, developers of a new adaptation for Xbox Live, have decided to skip out on the well-known narrative, and have instead introduced a new story, new characters and new locations into their game, although the events do run parallel to what occurs in the book. Taking the guise of a 2D platformer a la Flashback or Prince of Persia, War of the Worlds attempts to introduce H.G. Wells’ novel to a new generation of gamers. Does the game cause mass panic in a similar manner to Orson Welles’ radio broadcast, or is it weaker than the common cold?