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Hamlet (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Hamlet Windows The cargo is in the way.
Hamlet Windows Title screen
Hamlet Windows You're too weak to drag her to the surface yourself.
Hamlet Windows Find a way into Polonius' castle

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. Nightwalk3r (21) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

Gamesetter Apr 13, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Common Sense Media 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Russia) Apr 21, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
GameLand Jun 12, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Questarena Apr 13, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure-Treff Jun 29, 2010 75 out of 100 75
Just Adventure May 21, 2010 B 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 09, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Resolution Magazine Apr 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Apr 23, 2010 2 out of 5 40

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Sciere (245760) added Hamlet (Windows) on May 13, 2010
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (245760) and Kabushi (120979)