Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be

Clas­sic lit­er­a­ture rein­ter­preted

Mac Format - - MAC APPS RATED - Orestis Bas­tou­nis

£4.49 De­vel­oper Tin Man Games, game­bookad­ven­tures.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 0.1.3275

This will be like Mar­mite for Shake­speare fans. It presents Ham­let as a game built like an in­ter­ac­tive novel. It uses mod­ern lan­guage and jokes, throw­ing in some gor­geous art­work from an all-star team of on­line car­toon­ists.

Af­ter each scene you’re pre­sented with a se­ries of op­tions, en­abling you to change the story’s out­come. So Ham­let might run away when see­ing his fa­ther’s ghost, for ex­am­ple.

The hu­mour makes more sense if you’re familiar with the play, but some­times the jokes read like a teacher try­ing to be down with the kids.

Sadly, there’s not enough of the lovely art­work. Most of the time you’re tap­ping through walls of text with the odd pic­ture ev­ery now and then. But it’s good, clean fun, even ed­u­ca­tional, and there’s a good chance lit­er­a­ture buffs will en­joy it.

A quirky ap­proach to Shake­speare’s play with good, but not per­fect, pre­sen­ta­tion.

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