Hamlet (video game)

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Hamlet or The Last Game Without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement
Developer(s) mif2000
Publisher(s) Steam
Big Fish Games
Alawar Entertainment
Engine WME (for PC only)
Platform(s) Windows, iOS, Android
Release date(s) Windows: 8 April 2010
iOS: 20 January 2011
Android: 1 April 2012
Genre(s) Adventure, Puzzle, Indie
Distribution Download, CD

Hamlet or The Last Game Without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement is an award-winning indie adventure game based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet. It was developed by indie game developer mif2000.

Plot[edit]

A scientist travels back in time and gets mixed up with characters from William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet! Guide the man from the future as he embarks on a mission to save Hamlet's girlfriend, Ophelia, from the clutches of the evil Claudius. Solve a variety of point-and-click puzzles and advance from one scene to the next as you defeat bosses and overcome mental obstacles.

The game begins by setting up a version of Hamlet rather different from the original, in which Hamlet (a swashbuckling hero) returns to find Claudius and Polonius locking up Ophelia in attempts to marry Ophelia to Claudius. Just as Hamlet is about to run in to save her, a man from the future falls out of the sky in his time machine and lands on his head, incapacitating him. The man then goes to save Ophelia.

He first enters Polonius' house. Polonius turns out to be a shriveled, alien-like creature obsessed with chemistry and the periodic table of the elements. The time traveler kills Polonius, but in the process drops Ophelia into a well. When he dives down to rescue her, both are swallowed by a giant fish. With the help of an elderly man living in the fish's stomach, the two escape and surface in the moat outside of Claudius' castle. Claudius turns out to be a wannabe rock god. The player ruins his guitar solo (Claudius discards the guitar, which hits the old man from the fish and causes him to drown) and then causes a potion he is brewing to explode, draining most of his health. Before Claudius can be finished, however, he calls the guard, who lock Ophelia back up and put the time traveler on a ship to be thrown overboard while out to sea. The time traveler escapes confinement and, by manipulating a giant octopus who attacks the ship, defeats its captains, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He then pilots the ship back to land.

The time traveler sneaks back into Elsinore Castle. However, he encounters Laertes, a giant who Claudius sent to kill the traveler while he fled with Ophelia. The traveler manages to grab on to the tail of Claudius' fleeing horse. Arriving at Claudius' secret lair, the traveler opens numerous doors until a booby trap springs, killing him. However, he is able to resurrect from the afterlife and enters the lair. Turning Claudius' death machine against him, the traveler rescues Ophelia, reunites her with a heavily bandaged Hamlet, and flies off in his time machine. The ending teases a sequel based on Romeo and Juliet.

Gameplay[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 71.2% [17]
Metacritic 72/100 [18]
MobyGames 75/100 [16]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10 [15]
IGN 7.5/10 [9]
Softonic 5/5 stars [1][2]
Just Adventure B [3]
Gamesetter 4/5 stars [4]
Common Sense Media 4/5 stars [5]
Alternative Magazine Online 8/10 [6]
Pocket Gamer UK 6/10 [7]
Game Shark B- [8]
Game Critics 7.5/10 [10]
Adventure-Treff.de 75/100 [11]
Igromania 7.5/10 [12]
Jeuxpo 7.5/10 [13]
The Armchair Empire 7.5/10 [14]

The player interacts with the world with simple point and click interface directing a small hero. The goal of Hamlet is to solve a series of puzzles and brain teasers. The puzzles are sequentially linked forming an adventure story. The game contains no inventory or dialogue, and the solving of puzzles mainly consists of clicking onscreen elements in the correct order. Solving a puzzle will immediately transport the player character to the next screen.

Features[edit]

  • 25 levels
  • In the tradition of classic adventure games
  • Boss battles
  • Logic puzzles

Awards[edit]

  • In list of "Games We Love: Best Games of 2012" - Google Play [19]
  • "Best iOS Game" - The Mac Life Awards (Macworld Expo 2011) [20]
  • «Best Adventure Game of 2011» — Best App Ever Awards 2011[21]
  • #2 (out of 10) in "The 10 funniest video games of 2010" - Split Sider [22]
  • #3 (out of 5) in "Best downloadable adventure games of 2010" - Jay is Games [23]
  • In list of "Best downloadable games of 2010" - Go Gaming Giant [24]
  • #3 (out of 3) in "Best russian games of 2010" - GPortalMax [25]
  • #4 (out of 5) in "Best adventure games of 2010" - Tochka.net [26]

Localizations[edit]

The official version of the game is translated into 13 languages: Russian, English, Polish, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian and Indonesian.

Besides, the unofficial version of the game is translated into Chinese and other languages.

Development[edit]

The Windows version of Hamlet was developed over a period of eight months, by one man (mif2000).

References[edit]

  1. ^ von Anke Anlauf (2010-05-14). "Review: softonic.de". Hamlet.softonic.de. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  2. ^ par Matthieu Gagnot. "Review: softonic.fr". Hamlet.softonic.fr. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Review". justadventure.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Review". gamesetter.com. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Review". commonsensemedia.org. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Review". alternativemagazineonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Review". pocketgamer.co.uk. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  8. ^ Author: Neilie Johnson (2010-06-23). "Review". gameshark.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  9. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (2010-04-08). "Review: ign.com". Pc.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Review". gamecritics.com. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  11. ^ Das Adventure-Treff-Team, Webmaster: zeebee, Hans, Das Jan. "Review". adventure-treff.de. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Review". igromania.ru. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  13. ^ "Review". jeuxpo.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  14. ^ "Review". armchairempire.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  15. ^ Kristan Reed (2010-04-09). "Review". eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  16. ^ "Mobygames.com". Mobygames.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Gamerankings.com". Gamerankings.com. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  18. ^ KitB (2010-04-22). "Metacritic.com". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Games We Love: Best Games of 2012". play.google.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  20. ^ "MacLife Awards 2011". Macworld Expo 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  21. ^ "Best App Ever Awards 2011". bestappever.com. 
  22. ^ "10 funniest video games of 2010". splitsider.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  23. ^ "Best downloadable adventure games of 2010". jayisgames.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  24. ^ "Best downloadable games of 2010". gogaminggiant.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  25. ^ "Best russian games of 2010". gportalmax.ru. 
  26. ^ "Best adventure games of 2010". games.tochka.net. 

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