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Hamlet is a redacted version of the famous play of the same name by William Shakespeare and presented as an adventure with a cartoon style. In the kingdom of Denmark Claudius and his assistant Polonius kill the king and queen to seize the throne. It is decided that Polonius' daughter Ophelia should marry Claudius, but then Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, returns from a long journey. Before he has the chance to avenge his parents and free Ophelia, a man from the future on a research mission lands his space ship on Hamlet, accidentally killing him. Since Hamlet is out of the picture, the unknown man decides to become a hero and free Ophelia himself.

Loosely based on the events of the play, the player guides the man through five acts to free Ophelia from the clutches of Claudius. The overall story is more or less maintained, with familiar characters such as Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and Laertes, but Polonius for instance is a green man in a space suit. Using a humorous style the unknown man needs to solve many puzzles in a typical point-and-click adventure style. As it is aimed towards a casual audience, a number of typical elements is not present, such as a conversation system, an inventory, item combinations, or different actions. Each puzzle is set in a single scene where the player needs to click objects in the environment to manipulate them. Puzzles range from simple combinations to much harder challenges that require some trial and error, and sometimes quick reflexes. It is impossible for the main character to die. The main character can be clicked to see his thoughts and sometimes this is a requirement to solve a puzzle. When the solution to a scene has not been found after several minutes, a question mark appears to receive a hint.

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Hamlet Windows A very confusing maze
Hamlet Windows The final confrontation with Claudius
Hamlet Windows Claudius escapes once again with Ophelia.
Hamlet Windows Polonius is watching you from a distance.

Alternate Titles

  • "Hamlet or the last game without MMORPG features, shaders and product placement" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Gamelet" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Looking for something related to Shakespeare's tragedy in this game? Look elsewhere. Otherwise, this is one sweet, although short, game. Windows Nightwalk3r (21)

Critic Reviews

Softonic Windows May 14, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Questarena Windows Apr 13, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Spazio Games Windows Dec 27, 2012 8 out of 10 80
148apps iPhone Jan 31, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Alternative Magazine Online Windows Jun 29, 2010 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Apr 08, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Adventure-Treff Windows Jun 29, 2010 75 out of 100 75
Armchair Empire, The Windows Apr 29, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
GamePro (US) iPhone Jan 21, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
CanardPC Windows 2010 7 out of 10 70

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