“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
Being the bibliophile that I am, it had long been an embarrassing secret of mine that, In almost 20 years of reading, I’d never read what is arguably one of the most famous books of all time. The Great Gatsby. When I learned that a film by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan and Spider-man was due for release in May I decided it was high time to right this wrong and, after finishing George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons (which is awesome), I bumped The Great Gatsby to the top of my To Read list. Initially I was sceptical. I’d seen thicker restaurant menus and I couldn’t see how any memorable characters could form in so few pages. After reading it I realised that that’s part of the genius of it. Like a party in the roaring 20’s, the book is short, hard and fast and not a second goes to waste. Now I’ve read the novel I look forward to seeing the film which from the trailers looks to be as over the top and stylish as one of Gatsby’s parties.
It was completely by chance then that a few days ago something other than bullshit cropped up on my Facebook feed. Indeed it was a link to an NES style game based upon The Great Gatsby. At first it appears that this was a real game made way back in the 90’s for the NES but after a little digging I found that it was made recently by a fellow named Charlie Hoey. The game captures all the memorable bits from the books, scaled down into the NES’s 8-bit glory. You play as Nick Carraway as he explores the roaring 20’s whilst using his hat to clear the way of obnoxious drunks and floozy flappers. Along the way you pick up cocktails for bonus points and can even find Gatsby’s stylish yellow suit. Like NES games of old there’s also that slight twist of WTFness about it, including a bit where Nick fights crocodiles in the sewer which I’m pretty sure isn’t in the book. However if anything can improve that novel it’s got to be fighting crocodiles. Here’s hoping for a Catcher In The Rye game.
You can play the game here: http://greatgatsbygame.com/