• Thu, Jul 29 2010

There Is A Great Gatsby Video Game (But It’s Not That Good)

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.

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  • Jonathan Grant

    Well, Gamezebo (the premier casual games review site) gave Gatsby 5/5 stars. The game is also recieving rave reviews on various casual portal’s forums – Big Fish for example.

    I’m going to go out on a wild and crazy limb here and say that I trust the Gamezebo and the casual market more than I trust your ill-informed opinion. Maybe you should learn a little more about the games industry before you post silly reviews like this.

    • Angry Johnny

      Pineapples are fun for me to click on.

  • Sonny Crooks

    Well, Jonathan, nobody in the gaming industry takes casual games into serious consideration anyway, unless they’re just in it for a buck. Especially these “hidden object” games.

    But I suppose different strokes for different folks.

  • Sonny Crooks

    Ok, I want to follow up my comment with a correction.

    Lots of people care about casual games in the gaming industry. Because it makes them money.

    And it’s subsequently sucking every ounce of soul out of that it can.

    These hidden picture games are a dime a dozen, and aren’t exactly pioneering a new horizon of video games, nor do they have anything short of a time waster for the bored office worker.

  • Jonathan Grant

    Sonny, your argument is also made from a position of ignorance. I won’t bother to argue with this or the arrogance you show in your comments, other than to say millions of people enjoy casual games and happily show this by spending their hard-earned money on them. Maybe those people aren’t like you, but that doesn’t make their experience any less valid. If you stepped outside of your narrow world-view and looked at the dozens of forums where these players celebrate their gaming experience you might understand that.

    Sorry, no one owns the definition of “gamer”.

    • Jennifer Wright

      I guess you really like clicking on cartoon pineapples. That’s nice.

    • Matthew

      AppleInsider rates iPhone’s very highly, but their opinion of the iPhone is obviously biased given that they are a website with a community built around apple products.

      Of course a casual gaming website will rate casual games highly, given that they are a built around the casual gaming community.

      As far as unbiased opinions go, most casual games are often viewed as generic time wasters.

      Not all of them though, some hidden gems are to be found amongst all the cookie cutter games.

    • Sonny Crooks

      The “casual gamer” demographic is the equivalent of Michael Bolton fans as “music listeners”. I mean, sure they exist–but nobody cares. Michael Bolton fans love music, and enjoy his music but in the larger scheme of things the influence of these fans and the music itsself will only be in the negative.

      Some people have pointed to Bejeweled or Tetris as an argument against this. While those games and the people do prove a point–those games are few and far between. Both are absolute classics that will be copied for generations to come. Most other casual games: time-wasters with no real redeeming value.