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Gamlet

by Tomasz Pudlo

2004

(based on 17 ratings)
2 member reviews

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 2408
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-040926-41E6
ZCODE-2-041223-4A51
TUID: ce8v9rp8yovsh5ys

Awards

9th Place overall; 3rd Place, Miss Congeniality Awards - 10th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2004)

Nominee, Best Writing; Nominee, Best Setting; Nominee, Best Individual NPC; Nominee, Best Individual PC - 2004 XYZZY Awards

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Snatching defeat from the claws of victory, December 6, 2008
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2004
Prepuberal Prince of Denmark wannabe peels the deep implementation layers of his parents' home. Exceptional atmosphere, flourishing prose and dark, dark humor abound.

Gamlet is a missed chance for a classic. It's deeply unsettling and funny at the same time, but the effect is somewhat spoiled by the ending sequence. The ending itself is mildly interesting, mainly because it reveals a lot about the game's author - which probably wasn't the intention of the author itself.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Good writing and clever concepts in a bizarre and crass game, February 3, 2016
This is a highly unusual game. It is written about Jack Pudlo, an infamous troll on the r*if forums. I think the game hints that he is the author.

The game seems like a big trolling on one hand, while on the other hand, it is highly polished.

For the polish: the writing is smooth and clear, with really vivid images. The game borrows heavily and openly from Shakespeare. It delves deep into Jewish culture. There were no bugs that I noticed. The ending was very clever until the last bit. Overall, a game with a lot of polish.

On the other hand, it trolls you. It uses sensuality and profanity from time to time in crass ways (not to arouse or for art, just to be gross). The character has an odd relationship with God that is hard to describe. And the ending openly insults the player. The ABOUT text is bizarre.

Overall, a weird game. It's like a very nice cake flavored like mustard. I'd love to learn more about its background.

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