Wow, is this my SECOND “The Great Gatsby“-related post in a single day? Dang, I’m on a roll. Kaiser. Toasted. With butter. Anyway, with the release of the official trailer to the next film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” set to be released on Christmas Day this year, I figured that this would be a great time to revisit one of my favorite online flash games from the past few years. The game itself is an 8-bit version of The Great Gatsby, made as a tribute to old-school NES games, and was created and developed by Charlie Hoey and editor Pete Smith.
In the game, you play as protagonist Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, as you traverse through New York from the Valley of Ashes to the “Wild” West Egg. The objective is to fight off enemies (flappers, hobos, gangsters, and even ghosts) by simply simply flinging Nick’s hat (which is your weapon, like “Oddjob” from the James Bond movies). The legend of how the game came to be was described on the website; remember that this is fictional, yet enjoyable enough that you wish it was real:
“If anybody has more info about this please let me know ! As it is, I really don’t know much about this game. I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and jesus. So weird. Apparently it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari”, but I haven’t found anything about that either.”
[Thanks The Great Gatsby for NES]