Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders ...
The original adventure game based on twisted William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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Overall:
Mixed (307 reviews) - 64% of the 307 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 22, 2012

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Reviews

“This is a creative little point-and-click adventure. It's short, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as long as it lasted.”
7.5/10 – IGN

“Vying for the longest and most irreverent game title of all-time, this quirky point-and-click puzzle-adventure comes to us from Russia. It blends the spirit of Zak & Wiki with a wonderfully implausible re-imagining of the classic Shakespeare play for added nonsense.”
7/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement is the original point-and-click adventure game based on twisted William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Solve logic puzzles and fight with monsters to uncover secrets, punish all the villains and rescue the princess.

Key Features

  • In the best traditions of classic adventure games
  • The first indie game in the world based on Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • 25 levels
  • Boss battles
  • Logic puzzles
  • No inventory

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor:1 GHz processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB graphics card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Additional: Monitor with
      1024x768 or higher resolution support
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
In Hamlet you play the part of a time traveler who inadvertently squelches the real Hamlet with his time machine and thus decides to take his place as the hero of the story: you'll be solving puzzles in five different chapters made up of five levels each.
While sporting some nice art and a quirky humour Hamlet can sadly quickly turn into an exercise in frustration due to its obtuse puzzles and somewhat useless hint system.

PROS:

-nice art style

-quirky sense of humour permeates the whole game

-some puzzles are interesting and offer a fair challenge

CONS:

-apart from the title and characters the Hamlet theme is basically never touched upon

CONS:

-most puzzles have an obtuse design and are very vague in how they function. Sometimes you have to click more than once, sometimes the clicking is timed, other times you have to memorize a quite lengthy sequence or just try and make sense of very vague ambiental clues...I honestly managed to solve a couple puzzles simply by randomly clicking all elements once I was frustrated enough

-no way to know what you can actually interact with in each screen, leading to random clicking all over in every scene

-the hint system is fairly bad, not only you have to wait five full minutes before you can get said single hint but its quality ranges from feeding you the solution to a drawing as vague as the puzzle itself

-not much in the way of a story and the characters offer very little apart from their name

-quite short, unless you get stuck on a puzzle you'd be done in 1,5/2 hours

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I really appreciated Hamlet's tongue in cheek take on the genre, its quirky humour, nicely drawn art and first few puzzles: but things soon got frustrating when logic got thrown out of the window and I started facing puzzles that required me to decipher a few extremely vague hints and hopefully understand what I was supposed to do. A few puzzles also require you to very quickly click certain items before they disappear and the split second timing involved can get aggravating aswell. There's a fine line between a challenging puzzle and an obtuse, frustrating one and I often felt as if Hamlet crossed said line way too many times to stay enjoyable.

All this is made worse by the hint system, waiting five minutes for the hint if you're already stuck on a puzzle is not fun and, once opened, the hint was sometimes as bad as the puzzle it was supposed to help with thus leaving me bashing my head on the problem or just trying to find an external guide.

It honestly says alot about the puzzle design when, after finishing the game, I still have no idea of the logic behind three puzzles as I simply solved them randomly clicking their elements while waiting for the hint to appear. For its sale price of a dollar Hamlet wasn't a total waste of my time or money but its problematic puzzles and barebones story make it an hard game to recommend.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Game is shorter as the title itself ;D
It can be finished in 90 minutes.

It's a hard and challenging click adventure
but if you don't know what to do,
hints can be unlocked after some minutes.

Art style and music are very suitable.

The story is an own interpratation of Shakespeare's Hamlet..
So don't expect learn something about Shakespeare.


Similar game is Tiny Thief ;)
It's lovelier and longer.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders, and any kind of fun is a blemish on the adventure genre of gaming.

While it pokes fun at the modern adventure games genre with some similar traits in all adventure games, it's almost equivalent in thought to "Racing games are all about going fast nowadays hurrr". In fact, the game can barely stand on it's own two deformed and aged legs while it talks ♥♥♥♥ about the adventure genre in a tone coming from what I can only imagine is a self-important soldier main hipster "good old days" game developer who listens to chiptune and thinks pixelated graphics far surpass any all others. You all know the kind.

The gameplay is abominable. It's a point-and-click adventure puzzle game, already a genre associated with anger.
At times there is literally, I mean literally no indication whatsoever of what you need to click on. When what you can click on is apparent, the puzzles often have solutions that are so abstract they could only be found out of dumb luck and rapid clicking. There exists a hint you can activate once you've waited long enough (about the amount of time it took Shakespear to write Hamlet in real life), but the hints are also obtuse and incomprehensive.

The only enjoyable puzzle was the first one.

And don't think you can cheat your way through using a guide just to see the story, because the game is very short once you remove all the time spent punching your monitor in frustration. The """""story""""" seems like somthing a child could've written.

The graphics are bare bones, and I mean less pleasing to the eye than pixel art in most cases.
The cursor animation makes me want to puke.

Conclusion
In an attempt to mock the modern adventure games genre, Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders, or Product Placement (a title which already deserves to be ignored), fails to meet any basic criteria for being a video game and is void of any enjoyment. I am personally offended that such a title is being sold on steam. You don't even get to play as Hamlet, or be immersed into the mind of Shakespear. None of that. I made the mistake of buying this game, but I'll make damn sure you won't.

0/10
If you came to the store page you've already lost.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Hamlet... first off has an odd and lengthy name. I assume it's making fun of the development of much larger studios, but ignoring that so many indie developers make games without MMORPG features, Shaders, and Product Placement.

That aside, it's a short point-and-click adventure game that reminds me of Amanita titles like Samorost 2 and Machinarium.

You play as a time traveler who accidentally incapacitates Hamlet. The fact that Hamlet is fiction, I'll assume the time traveler is within the universe of William Shakespeare and not our timeline. As a result, you must take his place and rescue Ophelia from the clutches of Claudius.

The puzzles range from super easy to very challenging, and even a bit obscure. There is a hint system but it's not always the most helpful. (That's where Steam Guides come in handy)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
A game I call short and sweet
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