Squid Game, Netflix’s blockbuster show, is replete with lethal variations of childhood games, but is the titular squid game real? The unique survival series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk provides a new twist to the genre that has seen successful variations in Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner. Squid Game’s primary premise is that 456 Koreans compete in games from their youth, but each one contains a fatal component.
Throughout Squid Game, competitors compete to survive the twisted variations of these games in battle to win 45.6 billion Won. Their first introduction to the games is by playing Red Light, Green Light. However, anyone spotted moving after the robot child yells “red light” gets shot and killed in this version of the game.
Other games include tug of war and making a specific form out of a sugar honeycomb snack. However, because the series is called Squid Game, the final game is called Squid Game. It’s a sophisticated game that the show sets up right from the outset, and its inclusion is sure to have viewers wondering if it is a real children’s game.
While Squid Game’s portrayal of squid game is unique, the game itself is authentic. The real-life Korean version of squid game was a common children’s game during the 1970s and 1980s. The squid game is a tag variant in which players are divided into two teams: offence and defence. The purpose of the game is for those on offence to tap the small region known as the squid’s head with their foot.
The defence, on the other hand, is compelled to stay within the squid-shaped bounds of the lines put in the dirt and tag those on offence. The attackers in squid game are only allowed to jump on one foot unless they manage to cut through the squid’s waist. The squid game then advances to the ultimate combat, in which the remaining attacking players must rush from the squid’s entrance to its head without being touched. They are killed if they are pushed out of boundaries by a defender.
The description of the real squid game rules in Squid Game is very accurate, however the Netflix show adds some twists of its own. Other than a memory of Seong Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) playing squid game as a youngster, Squid Game keeps its version of it for the conclusion.
One distinction between the real-world squid game and the one depicted in the anime is that the team dynamic is absent. By the time Squid Game’s ending approaches, squid game becomes a one-on-one match. Of course, the primary difference between the real-game and Netflix versions is that Squid Game’s version features a genuine death conclusion.
Even though squid game is an actual game in Korea, and a version of it is showed here, viewers are sure to have some doubts about the rules. The game is typically separated into two portions, one where the attackers try to leap through the squid’s waist and another when they try to reach the head, but how the game goes from one area to the next is unknown. Although Squid Game is a real Korean game, exact specifics on the rules and how to play are tough to come across outside of what Squid Game provides.
Is Squid Game based on a book?
Squid Game would undoubtedly make an excellent novel or graphic novel. However, you cannot currently go to your local bookshop and pick up a book of Squid Game to read.
According to Korean pop-culture site Soompi, Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk revealed that he got the idea for the show back in 2008 from a comic book about people who were playing an extreme game. But he didn’t name the comic.
And it may be more than one comic, because the director told the Korea Herald that he “read a lot of comics and was intrigued by survival games.” So, unless Hwang comes out and names some of his reading material, we’ll have to make do with guesswork. Because Squid Game has been such a success, it appears that it will now be adapted into a book. Keep an eye on the book shelves.
Some are alleging that Squid Game is remarkably similar to a 2014 Japanese film, As The Gods Will, directed by Takashi Miike. That film itself is based on Japanese comics. It’s similarly about a death competition employing childhood games, and seems to feature some very similar moments, including a doll that rotates around and tries to catch players moving.
The director of Squid Game stated during a press conference that only the first game in the film is similar to his show, and that he had been developing his concept for years prior to the release of As The Gods Will in 2014.