Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby
Experience the roaring 20's in the millenium
Fitzgerald's novel is one of my favorites. Now I must include this HO game as my game of the year!
My review is based on the trial but it's loaded with surprises. If you're not familiar with the story, don't worry, the game will fill you in on important subjects that coincide with the game as you progress. Impressive graphic quality that won't disappoint. The most challenging is the search within the HO's for hidden letters to spell out mystery words in which you earn points in order to reimburse for items you can use to decor your personal library. I've always been fascinated about 1920's time period and this game will transport you to ballroom parties, women and men in exquisite party attire who are entertaining as well as mysterious.
Ah, I've recommended games in the past as 'must haves' but if you're down to your last few bucks you definitely must spend it on this gem. Gotta go, I just purchased the full version and it's ready for play!
December 31, 2012
different swing on a HOG
Very different take on a hidden object game. Loved finding the letters to guess the mystery word, The more items you find, the more points you win for decorating your own place. Storyline was good but the music was wonderful. Old 1930-1940's sounds and different each scene. I was surprised when the Demo was over. That's how into the game I was. Kept my attention for the full hour.
August 23, 2012
A refreshing retro time game
Oh how wonderful to have a HOG that isn't full of gore, evil, bloodshedding creepiness. The storyline gives one play to follow instead of being a straightforward HOG, but doesn't overwhelm or distract. Nice voiceovers, though I don't generally take it off mute, this one was pleasant. Visuals decent, but certainly not as advanced as some games.Not a lot of bells or whistles, but still a worthy game where you can take your time, or plan your strategy for extra points, or "money", which is spent on decorating a living area. Wish I could give it an extra half star based on the lack of "urgly" evil.
January 1, 2014
Impressive and entertaining game
I must admit that even though I have heard of the Great Gatsby, I am not familiar with the story, have not read the book nor have I seen the movie, but having said that I thought that this game was an impressive and entertaining game. You are challenged with exploring cities like Long Island, New York and other places during the Roaring Twenties era. This included parties and gatherings where you dance the charleston and sip bootleg booze with a mysterious millionaire.The dialogue consists of frequent conversations with different characters which is tolerable and the music is of the era but does get a bit monotonous at times, playing the same tune over and over again. The graphics are quite clear bright and colourful. The puzzles are quite straight forward with typing words of a letter and other mini games. The hidden objects are many and varied. Your standard list of items to be found is the main feature but in every scene if you can locate a hidden book and find the hidden letters to a mystery word, more points will be gained to enhance the library with lots of trimmings and will earn more achievement awards. Several ingenious challenges require you to find hidden objects from a moving car. Quite a unique and impressive game, I liked it.
April 17, 2013
GREAT GATSBY IS DOMINANTLY A HIDDEN OBJECT GAME.
Played the entire game.
Pros: 1. Stays true to the era of 1920's in music, scenery and HO items. 2. Particularly outstanding voice overs. Gatsby really sounded just like Robert Redford who played him in the movie. I was amazed and I loved that. 3. Stays true to the movie storyline of The Great Gatsby. I didn't read the book. 4. Enjoyed the games. But too many HOs for my liking. Its practically all HOs. Enjoyed the artwork in the fact that it was never dark or dreary. Just sad at the end as the real story was.
Cons: 1. Way too many HOs for me. In the future will not purchase heavy HOGs. I much prefer adventure, games with a mix of some HOs thrown in, but not dominating the game. 2. I found all of the scenes to be shown at too far of a distance from the player's view which made all of the objects small. Don't want to play a entire game with small hidden objects. But even at the exterior of Gatsby's mansion, the player is viewing small "everything" including the architecture of the mansion. Had the art not been so small it could have been much richer and allowed the player to feel more within the scene taking place. 3. I didn't care for the fact that there was no movement in the entire game, just flat scenes, except for one of the car driving down the street. It was very stiff. I think that's why the music and the voices were so important to give it some dynamics. But it needed more movement.
I could really see this storyline being done with richer artwork, moving figures, and larger hidden objects into an adventure game and it would be great. I recommend it for what it is, which is a HOG. If you want just mainly HOG then you'll like this game. If you want some adventure that's not what this game is.
July 17, 2012
The Great Gatsby might be a classic, but this game is definately not. I have never stopped playing a demo due to lack of interest. Today I did.
To be fair I am not a fan of the era. The music was very Scott Joplin, and rinky tink piano is an aquired taste. The voices are fairly well done. But of all the great novels in the world I cannot think of a duller subject for an Adventure game as there is no action at all. There is little interaction other than in the rolling screen scenes which play like a carnival shooting range. Or grab A, B, and C to make D.
The artwork does not begin to compare with the quality shown in even the top 70% of the HOGs available. It is flat and one dimensional. Nor is there any brain power involved, no puzzles to solve or discoveries to make. Everything is obvious.
I cannot understand why anyone gave this more than 3 stars unless they simply haven't played anything else.
Dissappointing at best.
September 2, 2012
JUVENILE WASTE OF TIME
Unlike a lot of people, I refuse to finish games if they bore me, so this review is based on 1 hour of play. This game is easy, easy, easy......the story line, unlike the great novel, was overly simple as if it were geared towards juveniles or kids. However, the story topics are not suitable for kids, IMO, due to the domestic violence, adultery and other terms used throughout. It's definitely mature subject matter. It IS beautiful. The music is awesome. That said, the way to progress the story is to complete one simple HOS after another. The characters tell you the story WHILE you're searching for the objects, which I found annoying.. Some of the hidden objects are nicely hidden, but still easy. It's basically just a pretty picture with hidden objects and the occasional character stating something which advances the sleazy story. If I wanted to help a teen study for a general quiz on this book, I might use this as a learning tool. Otherwise, it's just boring. I'm regretting using my free game on this droll cartoon.
June 17, 2013
I thought this would be an adventure game! It is nothing but a series of Hidden Object games - one after the other - after the other!
It was very, very disapointing - unless what you want is a Hidden Object game.
If you are expecting an adventure game don't waste your time and money on this one.
February 3, 2012