Conservative folks often accuse gaming of lacking any cultural value. Many gamers have heard words like “rather read a book!” uttered at some point in their lives. Well, who says we can’t do both? Stride & Prejudice is a cute example of how game and literary geekiness can be skillfully fused together.
The premise is simple: it’s an endless runner reminiscent of Canabalt wherein players take on the role of Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth runs and jumps from platform to platform, except the platforms are actually the many sentences that comprise the novel. And yes, the entire book is included in the game.
It’s a basic, but effective way to tackle a work of literature in a game and invokes the feeling of speed-reading applications. I implore you to check out the settings and slow down the speed somewhat, because the game reaches a rather frantic pace and the text eventually becomes a blur. Keep at it and you’ll find you’ve digested the entire novel in a surprisingly short amount of time.
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