11 Video Games for Bookworms: From ‘The Great Gatsby’ to ‘Dune’

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Some say that you’re either a gaming nerd, or you’re a book worm. Hey, why not both? You’d be amazed at the number of books you can go play around inside of, rather like you can walk around childhood movies in Kingdom Hearts. Like the age-old “that movie wasn’t as good as the book,” many of these games just can’t measure up to literature, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to see what creative ways programers and designers have adapted our favorite page turners to a variety of old and new consoles. Some of them are even playable for free online. I wouldn’t suggest trying to play any of these instead of reading the book for school, though — it’s likely to backfire on you if you explain how Gatsby shoots an army of digital waiters.


1. Odyssey: The Search for Ulysses

This game takes you to all the places you’ve read about with graphics that, at the time, may have even seemed rather impressive. Now not so much, but even so, you can at least appreciate some familiar characters such as the cyclops, the gods, and the army as you walk about as Heriseus — childhood friend of Ulysses. You get to be a Greek from Homer’s epic, just don’t go complaining if the seas look a little blocky.

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