The Great Gatsby for the 8-bit NES

The internet is full of wonderful and magical things, and this is no exception. It really is everything I could have wanted in an 8-bit adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.

Can anyone pull off the “no death game”?

Fuck, that’s hilarious. The first level wasn’t hard, but I keep mixing up the tab and the space bar.

Me, too. Those are the most obnoxious controls I’ve ever had to use. I can’t imagine how or why they chose them.

If you’re not playing in full screen mode, z shoots, and that’s a lot easier to deal with.

But still difficult, having to keep fingers on “z” and the space-bar. Of course, the up-arrow should be the jump key.

Awesome. People with too much time on their hands are some of the best people in the world.

Yup. My first game, I didn’t make it very far into level two. Then I found you could shoot. That changed things up quite a bit, and on my second try I completed the game with a death.

I sucked at the game, and I didn’t finish. But just the fact that it exists makes me happy.

My only death was due to a bug? The second boss was simply immortal and I just ran around until time ran out.

Second time he died when I killed all his henchmen (first time I killed his henchmen and he still had two life points left and just sat there cursing at me).

I just beat the game. Died twice, though. I’m not sure I’m going to spend enough time on it to beat it without dying, but the interpretation of the novel into an old school video game is very funny.

I like the first image you see at the About page. Yeah, that’s pretty much what I recall from The Great Gatsby.

Does something special happen if you beat it without dying?

Nope. And I thought “no death challenge” meant you had to beat the game without killing anyone *else *(apart from the bosses).

but that would be a “no kill game”

Ever wonder what the classic American novel The Great Gatsby would have been like as a late 80’s NES game? A couple of smartasses answered the question that no one was asking. It’s brilliant in its absurdity. The fake history of the game and the ridiculous manual are particularly excellent, not to mention the enemies you fight.

If there’s anything more sublime than fighting Dr. T.J. Eckleburg’s giant glasses, then it’s quite possible the universe would implode from all that awesomeness localized into a single point in space-time. The cut scene where Gatsby teleports while gazing at the green light from Daisy’s house is perfect in its awful glory. I admit that I can’t remember the chapter where Nick Carraway fights hobos on top of a moving train but it’s probably just my spotty memory.

Also, point of trivia: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda Sayre, was the inspiration behind the naming of the Legend of Zelda series. Yes, Link’s princess was named after her by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Finally, some company made a Gatsby adventure game, but it’s a serious thing done for money. The pictures look nice, but I wonder if they kept Tom’s fascination with racist literature? At least you can GOSSIP with Jordan Baker.

I’ve merged Zoinks’ thread into ultrafilter’s, old sport.

Here I was, not knowing that Tab was an option, I hit Spacebar, and I hit Enter, and I figured that was it for the options.

Man I need to re-read that book. I don’t remember most of that stuff.

Oops, I didn’t see this thread.

No you don’t. Most overrated American book in history.

But very amusing game and actually makes the book almost seem worth the trouble.

Yeah I was trying to recall, exactly, why I hated it so much.

A book that goes nowhere fast?

or was it

Some dude fakes being a few class levels higher than he is

Meh. Then again, I didn’t like Reservoir Dogs or The Hurt Locker.

I’m sorry, plots should do something. You know?