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Hamlet or the Last Game Without MMORPG Features, Shaders, and Product Placement

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Off-kilter adventure game with fiendish puzzles.

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age 6+

Keep in mind just because I put 6+...

...Doesn't mean it's for every one. The game encourages lateral thinking, something that most children develop way later in life. If you want your child to get frustrated, by all means get this game. I rated it as such because there is no (explicit) violent or sexual content. It's very reminiscent of the old point-and-click adventure games of the 90s, and it's very addicting. The controls are simple enough,and the graphics are very vibrant. While it only lasts an hour or so (way more if you get constantly stuck), it's a fun experience. The hints should provide at least some guidance, but if you're very stuck Big Fish Games (the publisher of the PC version) has a walkthrough on their website. Keep in mind English majors that besides the title and characters, the game uses nothing from the original Shakespeare play (I mean, Orphelia gets kidnapped by her father. You don't even play as Hamlet, just a scientist that lands in the wrong situation).

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HAMLET is an unorthodox take on Shakespeare's Hamlet with puzzles that include playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with a pirate monkey, battling a giant octopus, disabling Polonius' high-tech security system, and defeating an electric guitar-toting Claudius in a boss battle. Puzzles can be as simple as figuring out how to walk from one end of the room to the other by interacting with the environment, but they can be extremely challenging and border on the ridiculous at times. Hamlet is certainly a game that marches to the beat of its own drum, and as a result you'll be chuckling at its humor and creativity one minute and cursing some of its more inscrutable puzzles the next. Regardless, this off-kilter ode to one of Shakespeare's most famous plays is nothing if not creative and fresh.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Release date: January 20, 2011
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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