Hi, everyone! How are you guys doing? Today’s post is about an adorable, light-hearted game.
Do you remember high school? When I was a high school junior, my English class read The Great Gatsby. It’s standard reading in almost all American high schools, along with books like Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter. Honestly, I don’t even remember what The Scarlet Letter was about. Some priest and a lady and a red letter? Oh, well. Out of all the books that I read during my high school career, I liked Gatsby the most. Mainly because it was still understandable (thank you, Fitzgerald, for not writing in obscure English!). I liked the story and the idea that it was set in glitzy, glamorous 1920s New York. What do you think the Roarin’ Twenties were like?
If you haven’t read the book yet, you should. That way you’ll be prepared for when you inevitably read it in class. And it’s also a perfect book! In my opinion, anyways.
Apparently someone in Japan also really liked The Great Gatsby, because they made a game inspired by it. Take a look here. You’ll be able to play the game with that link. Just make sure you have Flash installed on your computer.
Here’s what the person who owns the site wrote: “If anybody has more info about this, please let me know! As it is, I really don’t know much about this game. I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and Jesus. So weird. Apparently, it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari,” but I haven’t found anything about that either.”
I have some suspicions about this description! They say that they discovered it at a yard sale. We all know yard sales can be some pretty incredible sources of treasure, but at the same time, it just seems too good to be true. So I did some research, and guess what? It was created just a few years ago!
A developer at Barbarian Group named Charles Hoey was messing around on his computer, trying to turn the cover of Fitzgerald’s iconic book into a pixelized version. He added the words “PRESS START” in pixel font. Then, he got a burst of inspiration! He realized that his idea would actually make a pretty cool game.
He started to develop the game. As he created more levels, he found that it was actually pretty fun to play! He talked to his friend, Pete Smith, about what he was doing, and they worked together to launch it. Here’s the original sound track on Youtube:
In the description, it says that the songs were all composed by Pete Malamud Smith. So there you go! It’s nice to pretend that the game had a cool origin story, but in reality, the truth is much more mundane. And hey! That’s okay with me. I love The Great Gatsby a lot, and I think the game is a lot of fun to play! It’s kind of frustrating though, and I haven’t actually played it all the way through. I keep dying halfway into the game. I love the soundtrack a lot. I’m a big sucker for chiptunes, and when I’m working or writing I often play the soundtrack on repeat.
Interested in the gameplay? In the game, you take the role of The Great Gatsby‘s narrator, Nick Carraway. As Nick, you’re traveling through Jay Gatsby’s mansion, the sewers of NYC, a railroad, and the wealthy neighborhood of West Egg. You’ll battle butlers, homeless dudes, flappers, and glasses. Your weapon? Your hat, which you can toss as a boomerang.
This game is designed to play like an NES game. I actually own an old NES console, and it’s amazing to see how similar this game is to the real ones. The NES console is a bit different from the SNES in that the games are more basic, but it’s given me a lot of wonderful memories. I wish that this game was actually playable on the NES so that I could see it in action on my TV and not just on my computer. For those of you who are too young to remember, the NES and SNES were like the older generation’s version of the WII. Except instead of CDs, the NES and SNES used cartridges.
So, what do you think about this Great Gatsby game? Is it as great as Jay Gatsby? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or let me know if you’ve already played through it!