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The Roaring 80s: The Great Gatsby NES

I wish my address had the word 'egg' in it

If the hat Fitz, wear it. What if… thirsts for platform games on the NES had reached such heights that, in desperate attempts to slake them, publishers turned to adapting classics work of fiction into jumping’n’thumping?

Here’s a little slice of that alternate reality: The Great Gatsby NES, which you can play in your browser right here. Battle butlers, boxcar hobos and Charleston dancers in West Egg, as you hunt down the mysterious Jay Gatsby.

Given it clearly sprung from a giggling fit between friends, it’s surprisingly well fleshed-out. It looks and sounds great, and it’s a perfectly charming platformer in its own right. Affectionate satire in the vein of the Simpsons’ Streetcar: The Musical, plus the devs have gone to the trouble of creating vintage box art and manual excerpts. Me, I look forward to the 3D remake/sequel, The Great Gatsby Galaxy.

Only for Nintendo, old sport! And PC. Mostly PC, to be honest.

Of course, there is that other Great Gatsby game…

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