I’d be hard-pressed to think of many early 20th century novels that would translate well into a video game, and apparently The Great Gatsby isn’t one that does. I’m not entirely sure why someone thought it would make a decent game, but if you’re an F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, it’s on iPlay as a free trial.
When I heard there was a Great Gatsby video game, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Super exciting, right!? I wondered if they would have choices like “Play Nick Carraway with homoerotic subtext” or “play Nick Carraway without homoerotic subtext.” Obviously, at some point I would get to run over a poor person in my roadster. Maybe we would see what happened when one bad driver met another bad driver! Actually, the Great Gatsby would make a great basis for a race car game.
But, alas, it is not that kind of game. It’s a “hidden object” game where you find objects in a scene. Like, there’s a list of objects including things like “diamond, pineapple, cello, etc” and you click on them. And… that’s it. You get points every time you find the objects. I hope the points all add up to something, but I didn’t find it interesting enough to continue playing. I’m going to go out on a wild and crazy limb here and guess that something really good is hidden at the end of the pier. Maybe the American Dream itself. But I’ll never know, because I can only look for cartoon pineapples so many times.
So… it’s just a crappy point and click adventure? I can’t even be bothered to go for a free trial, but it’s interesting that it even exists in the first place.