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.
Still, it’s almost impossible to turn the Great Gatsby into an adventure game. I’m not crazy about the game itself, but I do like that it exists at all. If you want to try it you can download a free trial here.