The Great Gatsby Goes Digital

Hipsters love classic novels and pretending they still play classic video games. So it’s no surprise that a 1980s style Nintendo Entertainment System game based on F.Scott Fitzergald’s, The Great Gatsby, is a cult hit on the Internet. The fact that it’s free also helps. The novel (or the CliffsNotes version), has been compulsory reading for American college and high school students for decades.

The 1925 novel has been made into six feature films. A seventh film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, is currently in production.

Game screenshot

The game is set in the 1920s and as the digital version of Nick Carraway, you search for Gatsby, throw your hat at enemies and down Prohibition era martinis. The start screen pays homage to the novel’s original cover, iconic as the novel itself. The game’s soundtrack is also available for download. While this game pretends to be some long lost Japanese Nintendo cartridge, the game is actually of contemporary vintage.
Game Over, Old Sport | The Economist

What classic literary work would you like to see in literary form? A Zelda-esque maze version of Kafka’s The Castle?

Give it a whirl, old sport.

About the Author

Joseph Hammond is a freelance journalist who has been published in California, Estonia, Egypt, and Jordan. He enjoys learning languages and is pretty good at table football. He’s a big fan of boxing, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and FC Barçelona. He is currently based in Prague, Czech Republic.

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