Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be
Classic literature reinterpreted
£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.