Beloved children’s story inspires ‘Nuthanger Farm’ mobile game

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Long before Twilight and Harry Potter there was another book that enthralled readers of all ages: Watership Down. This classic tale has inspired independent game developers to create Nuthanger Farm.

“I’m surprised it took so long for this great story to inspire a mobile game. There are so many fans out there,” says lead developer Maxine Tubbe. “With the book, and a new animated TV series, I’ve seen a whole new generation of fans come to love this story.”

The game, with the working title “Nuthanger Farm”, is inspired by a scene in the book where wild rabbits break into a barn containing pet rabbits. The wild rabbits free the pets and entice them to live in the wild. The object of the game is to quickly fence off the escaping rabbits in order to separate the male and female rabbits before they can reproduce and overpopulate your fields on the game screen.

The story of Watership Down has quite a history. The book, first published in 1972, was so successful in its first printing that the second printing occurred just a few months later — in fact, it has never been out of print. It has been translated into numerous languages, is Penguin Books best-selling novel of all time and has been translated to film, the stage, audio books and television.

The game’s developer is hoping to have similar success.

The main characters and screens for the game have been designed and prototype development is ongoing. An unfinished development version of the game is free to download from


“I’ve been a fan of the novel since I first read it as a teen,” says Tubbe. “We hope to announce the launch date later this year — many fans are eager to play this game, including me!”


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