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Row toward hope in this 'Great Gatsby' web game

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There's no official video game tie-in for Baz Luhrmann's new film based on The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's tragic tale of the decay of America during the 1920s, but Slate has gamers covered with a Great Gatsby web game.

Slate's game is based on the book's oft-quoted conclusion, in which narrator Nick Carraway reflects on Jay Gatsby's view of a green light across the bay between West Egg and East Egg. Here are the novel's final lines:

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning —

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

See if you can reach the green light that Gatsby never could.

The Great Gatsby: The Video Game is done in 16-bit fashion and requires only two keys, left and right. If you're looking for something with more depth, you can check out another web game, The Great Gatsby Game, which co-creators Charlie Hoey and Pete Smith put up on Steam Greenlight.

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