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To Be Or Not To Be

To Be Or Not To Be

Tin Man Games

Guide Hamlet, Ophelia and Hamlet Sr. to hilarious deaths in To Be Or Not To Be!

4.5 Ratings 275+ Reviews 1K+ Downloads

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  • Great CYOA - Better for iPhone than iPad. May 1, 2015

    By -_name_taken_-
    I previously wrote a negative review whining about how the original .mobi and .epub formats were better than this app but I changed my mind. Playing it on my iPhone 4s, this is pretty darn cool. The text boxes work well, and overall the game plays nicely with a good overall pace and layout. Unfortunately this layout doesn't work so well on the larger screen of the iPad. Also the graphics are not updated to full-size retina versions so they look a little crummy on my iPad Air 2. Overall, though, playing it on the phone this is really nice, and I'll spend hours on the train reading it. I'm curious if I can find that weird Keanu reeves drawing from the original.. I forget how to get there. Anyway, great app.
  • Feb 18, 2021

    By Manuel Manolo
    Not quite my humor(quirky and self referential) and too little check points. Nice animations(though not really necessary in a interactive novel) with music and nice art style(much appreciated). Well made and probably worth a buy if you are into the kind of humor
  • Jan 24, 2021

    By Philip Brush
    I was looking for a funny text adventure game and this is perfect for me. I can see this is influenced by Monkey Island, which is my all time favorite video game. Please make more games like this.
  • Absolutely fantastic! Apr 13, 2015

    By Tarelka24
    A hilarious and captivating story combined with creative choices make for a very pleasant reading experience. My only complaints are that it would be nice if I could go back to where I was after reaching the the stats, and, more importantly, I would really appreciate if Christopher Slowe's choice map was actually readable on the iPhone. When I try to zoom in, the image quality degrades to the point where it is unreadable. Either way, I throughly enjoyed the app.
  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Peter McDonald
    This makes me laugh a lot! I don't think you'd need to be that familiar with the play to enjoy this but obviously helps. Extremely hilarious¡
  • It is good but it is missing the vocies PC verson had Apr 25, 2015

    By XenoFFChrono
    This is a fun little game book but it woudl be even better if it had the vocie that reads it to you that the PC verson had. Maybe it could be an opitional download that could be done inside the app so those that don't want to increase the size of the app don't have to. I would also like to be able to zoom in on the picture that shows all the diffrent paths without it getting grainy and unreadable.
  • Aug 24, 2019

    By Adam Young
    This is an excellent game. Many possible endings which gives this great replayability. I literally became a ghost and found a pirate ship because I decided to walk across the ocean floor. Speaking of pirates there was an epic pirate battle. This book has so many different layers of complexity and you can pick from three different characters all in the same world. I picked the old guy first thinking I would get an easy playthrough and instead had quite the surprise. Highly recommend. Great Game.
  • Great with some bugs May 23, 2020

    By Writhenwud
    Hi! I love this game; I have it on my PC and I was delighted to find it as an app on my phone. I’ve noticed a few bugs, though. 1. When I’m trying to look through the art gallery, when I then ask it to go back to the story, it leaves me on the same page. 2. The artwork that shows for King Hamlet resuming his reign as a ghost with Gertrude is instead the same artwork you get for choosing to be upset about Gertrude marrying your brother and burying yourself in rock and digging a hole from Denmark to England. 3. The spotlights that are supposed to show on the Hamlet-o-meter are solid white squares.
  • Dec 17, 2020

    By Christine Mae Dicon
    THIS IS SO HILARIOUS. I've been honestly eyeing this game for quite some time now. Now that I've finaly bought it, I'm glad I really did. It's so quirky and I love it!
  • Aug 13, 2019

    By Tory Thai
    Amazing game, needed something light hearted and funny. This game is just a lot of dark humor and everything i was hoping itd be.
  • Great CYOA - Better for iPhone than iPad. May 1, 2015

    By -_name_taken_-
    I previously wrote a negative review whining about how the original .mobi and .epub formats were better than this app but I changed my mind. Playing it on my iPhone 4s, this is pretty darn cool. The text boxes work well, and overall the game plays nicely with a good overall pace and layout. Unfortunately this layout doesn't work so well on the larger screen of the iPad. Also the graphics are not updated to full-size retina versions so they look a little crummy on my iPad Air 2. Overall, though, playing it on the phone this is really nice, and I'll spend hours on the train reading it. I'm curious if I can find that weird Keanu reeves drawing from the original.. I forget how to get there. Anyway, great app.
  • Feb 18, 2021

    By Manuel Manolo
    Not quite my humor(quirky and self referential) and too little check points. Nice animations(though not really necessary in a interactive novel) with music and nice art style(much appreciated). Well made and probably worth a buy if you are into the kind of humor
  • Jan 24, 2021

    By Philip Brush
    I was looking for a funny text adventure game and this is perfect for me. I can see this is influenced by Monkey Island, which is my all time favorite video game. Please make more games like this.
  • Absolutely fantastic! Apr 13, 2015

    By Tarelka24
    A hilarious and captivating story combined with creative choices make for a very pleasant reading experience. My only complaints are that it would be nice if I could go back to where I was after reaching the the stats, and, more importantly, I would really appreciate if Christopher Slowe's choice map was actually readable on the iPhone. When I try to zoom in, the image quality degrades to the point where it is unreadable. Either way, I throughly enjoyed the app.
  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Peter McDonald
    This makes me laugh a lot! I don't think you'd need to be that familiar with the play to enjoy this but obviously helps. Extremely hilarious¡
  • It is good but it is missing the vocies PC verson had Apr 25, 2015

    By XenoFFChrono
    This is a fun little game book but it woudl be even better if it had the vocie that reads it to you that the PC verson had. Maybe it could be an opitional download that could be done inside the app so those that don't want to increase the size of the app don't have to. I would also like to be able to zoom in on the picture that shows all the diffrent paths without it getting grainy and unreadable.
  • Aug 24, 2019

    By Adam Young
    This is an excellent game. Many possible endings which gives this great replayability. I literally became a ghost and found a pirate ship because I decided to walk across the ocean floor. Speaking of pirates there was an epic pirate battle. This book has so many different layers of complexity and you can pick from three different characters all in the same world. I picked the old guy first thinking I would get an easy playthrough and instead had quite the surprise. Highly recommend. Great Game.
  • Great with some bugs May 23, 2020

    By Writhenwud
    Hi! I love this game; I have it on my PC and I was delighted to find it as an app on my phone. I’ve noticed a few bugs, though. 1. When I’m trying to look through the art gallery, when I then ask it to go back to the story, it leaves me on the same page. 2. The artwork that shows for King Hamlet resuming his reign as a ghost with Gertrude is instead the same artwork you get for choosing to be upset about Gertrude marrying your brother and burying yourself in rock and digging a hole from Denmark to England. 3. The spotlights that are supposed to show on the Hamlet-o-meter are solid white squares.
  • Dec 17, 2020

    By Christine Mae Dicon
    THIS IS SO HILARIOUS. I've been honestly eyeing this game for quite some time now. Now that I've finaly bought it, I'm glad I really did. It's so quirky and I love it!
  • Aug 13, 2019

    By Tory Thai
    Amazing game, needed something light hearted and funny. This game is just a lot of dark humor and everything i was hoping itd be.
  • Trapped in loop at art gallery, cannot play Mar 22, 2018

    By 2Grimbergens
    Played game for about two minutes, now useless. I bought the app yesterday. After a single event I chose to visit the “art gallery” and turn the sound on. these actions are meant to always be available and you can return back to your place. But no matter how often I select “back to the story,” I keep being sent to the art gallery. I have tried choosing other menu items, quitting and relaunching, nothing works. Sent feedback with repro steps to developer using their web form, received my cc but no contact yet. Will update if they resolve.
  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Joseph
    It was great when it worked. Now it doesn't.
  • TOO SHORT FOR $5.99 Apr 10, 2016

    By mackeyattackeydo
    I hate reading but was looking for something entertaining to keep engaged and interested in reading. I thought this might do it, and it did, BUT each "choose your own adventure" that I did (just two to be fair) very quickly ended, and not because of poor choices. Its like they ran out of funny and clever ways to continue the story so they quickly wrapped it up. Fun, but not worth $6 for 15 minutes!
  • Stuck in menu! Jan 21, 2018

    By iamblued
    Very buggy. I went to change narration off and cannot get out of the menu, all buttons just reload the menu again. Trying to return to the story using the button just returns me back to the main menu. Exiting the app using the exit button brings me back to the same menu. I had to delete the app entirely to get back to the game and don’t want to change any settings for fear of getting stuck in the menu loop again. C’mon devs, this is pretty silly.
  • NO May 6, 2015

    By davidreview
    I normally don't get “books" like this on my smartphone. With all the reviews I expected more choices before the story ended. It's not that the story ended so fast that's the problem. It's just even with different characters I didn't find any of them all that entertaining. I did it a few times expecting something else to happen but it doesn't. Just a short little story with a couple choices.
  • Crashes on 4s May 2, 2015

    By Jibbothelakerman
    Game is an entertaining CYOA but unfortunately crashes after making certain choices. Fortunately, it saves the decision and will reload after so that I can still progress. Still, the crashes are pretty absurd considering the price tag as well as the game itself. Update: Finally reached a point where it contines to crash and does not reload after that point.

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  • Jan 24, 2021

    By Philip Brush
    I was looking for a funny text adventure game and this is perfect for me. I can see this is influenced by Monkey Island, which is my all time favorite video game. Please make more games like this.
  • Feb 13, 2021

    By Peter McDonald
    This makes me laugh a lot! I don't think you'd need to be that familiar with the play to enjoy this but obviously helps. Extremely hilarious¡
  • Aug 24, 2019

    By Adam Young
    This is an excellent game. Many possible endings which gives this great replayability. I literally became a ghost and found a pirate ship because I decided to walk across the ocean floor. Speaking of pirates there was an epic pirate battle. This book has so many different layers of complexity and you can pick from three different characters all in the same world. I picked the old guy first thinking I would get an easy playthrough and instead had quite the surprise. Highly recommend. Great Game.
  • Dec 17, 2020

    By Christine Mae Dicon
    THIS IS SO HILARIOUS. I've been honestly eyeing this game for quite some time now. Now that I've finaly bought it, I'm glad I really did. It's so quirky and I love it!
  • Aug 13, 2019

    By Tory Thai
    Amazing game, needed something light hearted and funny. This game is just a lot of dark humor and everything i was hoping itd be.
  • What a great riff on Hamlet! I know, right? Aug 11, 2015

    By dmac-ct
    A fantastic way to enjoy the Hamlet idea space - experiment with what might have happened if Shakespeare went off in one of billions of other directions. I’ve just started playing with this, but I love it already. How could Shakespeare have written just one play with the possibilities of this material? I’m looking forward to really digging into this! Thanks Ryan North!
  • Dec 31, 2018

    By Kerry Copas
    very silly. i loved it. ive been going through a rough period, but laughed so hard with this book lol
  • Jul 20, 2019

    By abestylzable
    fun and addictive. very well written .
  • If you can stand Dinosaur comics, you can totally stand this game Mar 20, 2015

    By Townimbecile
    Have you ever tried to read Dinosaur Comics? That one comic about the day to day issues faced by modern dinosaurs? Totally bearable, right? This game is at least as acceptable! (Seriously, great work. Ryan North is an inspiration as a comic writer, and this game is brilliant as a concept and hilarious as a thing that exists. (Double-parenthesis: and it's fun enough to buy.))
  • Jul 22, 2019

    By Kathryn Williams
    Great fun, and full of hidden gems.
  • Great CYOA - Better for iPhone than iPad. May 1, 2015

    By -_name_taken_-
    I previously wrote a negative review whining about how the original .mobi and .epub formats were better than this app but I changed my mind. Playing it on my iPhone 4s, this is pretty darn cool. The text boxes work well, and overall the game plays nicely with a good overall pace and layout. Unfortunately this layout doesn't work so well on the larger screen of the iPad. Also the graphics are not updated to full-size retina versions so they look a little crummy on my iPad Air 2. Overall, though, playing it on the phone this is really nice, and I'll spend hours on the train reading it. I'm curious if I can find that weird Keanu reeves drawing from the original.. I forget how to get there. Anyway, great app.
  • Feb 18, 2021

    By Manuel Manolo
    Not quite my humor(quirky and self referential) and too little check points. Nice animations(though not really necessary in a interactive novel) with music and nice art style(much appreciated). Well made and probably worth a buy if you are into the kind of humor
  • Absolutely fantastic! Apr 13, 2015

    By Tarelka24
    A hilarious and captivating story combined with creative choices make for a very pleasant reading experience. My only complaints are that it would be nice if I could go back to where I was after reaching the the stats, and, more importantly, I would really appreciate if Christopher Slowe's choice map was actually readable on the iPhone. When I try to zoom in, the image quality degrades to the point where it is unreadable. Either way, I throughly enjoyed the app.
  • It is good but it is missing the vocies PC verson had Apr 25, 2015

    By XenoFFChrono
    This is a fun little game book but it woudl be even better if it had the vocie that reads it to you that the PC verson had. Maybe it could be an opitional download that could be done inside the app so those that don't want to increase the size of the app don't have to. I would also like to be able to zoom in on the picture that shows all the diffrent paths without it getting grainy and unreadable.
  • Great with some bugs May 23, 2020

    By Writhenwud
    Hi! I love this game; I have it on my PC and I was delighted to find it as an app on my phone. I’ve noticed a few bugs, though. 1. When I’m trying to look through the art gallery, when I then ask it to go back to the story, it leaves me on the same page. 2. The artwork that shows for King Hamlet resuming his reign as a ghost with Gertrude is instead the same artwork you get for choosing to be upset about Gertrude marrying your brother and burying yourself in rock and digging a hole from Denmark to England. 3. The spotlights that are supposed to show on the Hamlet-o-meter are solid white squares.
  • Dec 20, 2015

    By V. M.
    This game is wonderful for us book lovers and anyone who enjoys we comics like Hark! A Vagrant. The downside is that in order to unlock all the different outcomes, you have to go through so many routes that it can be repetitive. An in game map of all the endings would be nice, as I had to look one up online because I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong to unlock different achievements. Still, it's a great game that shows the writer has a great love and grasp of the subject
  • Charming but too expensive Mar 20, 2015

    By Chrisomi
    Pluses: giggle-worthy, fun & surprising, clever, fun twists on Hamlet. Obviously a fun and creative game-maker. Minuses: not enough graphic to keep attention (& I'm a reader & Shakespeare fan), replay value wanes rather quickly because of limited choices early on Would give another star if I hadn't paid 6 bucks for it. I understand a lot of work goes into making an app- and one should be paid for it- but this price was too steep for the play time I got out of it.
  • Funny but repetitive & shallow Apr 25, 2015

    By jedmmc
    I love the humor of this game but it's very short (I played through all branches of the story in a single day) and it's not very interactive (it's more like reading a traditional story than making meaningful choices as a reader). Sometimes the game presents you with a question but only gives you one path or option. Why ask me? As a short story it's pretty good (but expensive). As interactive fiction it lacks.
  • Help! Feb 15, 2019

    By shannagoodnight
    I’m stuck in a loop in the menu. I want to go back to the story but every time I click that, it takes me to the extras! Meh, I haven’t gone too far into the story, I can try to reset it I don’t want to get stuck again.
  • Oct 17, 2020

    By Joseph
    It was great when it worked. Now it doesn't.
  • TOO SHORT FOR $5.99 Apr 10, 2016

    By mackeyattackeydo
    I hate reading but was looking for something entertaining to keep engaged and interested in reading. I thought this might do it, and it did, BUT each "choose your own adventure" that I did (just two to be fair) very quickly ended, and not because of poor choices. Its like they ran out of funny and clever ways to continue the story so they quickly wrapped it up. Fun, but not worth $6 for 15 minutes!
  • Trapped in loop at art gallery, cannot play Mar 22, 2018

    By 2Grimbergens
    Played game for about two minutes, now useless. I bought the app yesterday. After a single event I chose to visit the “art gallery” and turn the sound on. these actions are meant to always be available and you can return back to your place. But no matter how often I select “back to the story,” I keep being sent to the art gallery. I have tried choosing other menu items, quitting and relaunching, nothing works. Sent feedback with repro steps to developer using their web form, received my cc but no contact yet. Will update if they resolve.
  • Stuck in menu! Jan 21, 2018

    By iamblued
    Very buggy. I went to change narration off and cannot get out of the menu, all buttons just reload the menu again. Trying to return to the story using the button just returns me back to the main menu. Exiting the app using the exit button brings me back to the same menu. I had to delete the app entirely to get back to the game and don’t want to change any settings for fear of getting stuck in the menu loop again. C’mon devs, this is pretty silly.
  • NO May 6, 2015

    By davidreview
    I normally don't get “books" like this on my smartphone. With all the reviews I expected more choices before the story ended. It's not that the story ended so fast that's the problem. It's just even with different characters I didn't find any of them all that entertaining. I did it a few times expecting something else to happen but it doesn't. Just a short little story with a couple choices.
  • Crashes on 4s May 2, 2015

    By Jibbothelakerman
    Game is an entertaining CYOA but unfortunately crashes after making certain choices. Fortunately, it saves the decision and will reload after so that I can still progress. Still, the crashes are pretty absurd considering the price tag as well as the game itself. Update: Finally reached a point where it contines to crash and does not reload after that point.

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