Ryan North’s Hamlet Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Just Surprise-Launched On Switch
Surprise-releasing a Shakespeare game on the Nintendo Switch? Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t. You see, something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and you have to fix it in Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be, a video game adaptation of his wildly popular graphic novel, developed by Tin Man Games.
“Wait,” you say. “Where doth I know that name, Ryan North?” You doth know it, perchance, from Dinosaur Comics, or because he is a successful and award-winning comic book writer with work on Adventure Time and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, or maybe because To Be Or Not To Be was a hugely popular Kickstarter project with illustrations by other cool comic artists like Kate Beaton and KC Green and David Hellmann of Second Quest and Braid fame? Is it one of those?
To Be Or Not To Be the video game is out right now, and you can choose between Hamlet, Ophelia, and the Ghost Of Hamlet’s Dad, either deciding to follow the plot or going wildly off the rails with pirates and time travel and all the other things that Shakespeare was too BORING to include.
TBONTB costs $6.99/£6.99/€7,99 on the eShop and includes narration and achievements and such, according to North himself. Now, the only question is: to buy or not to buy?