Based on the famous play by William Shakespeare and the 1996 adaptation set in modern times, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: An Interactive Trip to Verona Beach explores Shakespeare's timeless classic in-depth. It features the complete text of Romeo and Juliet, which can be compared with the script of the 1996 movie adaptation. Outside of the play, the CD-ROM features a look at the characters and world of the movie and features the film's music score.
Oh Content, Content wherefore art thou Content?
Baz Luhrman’s 1996 film based on William Shakespeare’s seminal play of Romeo and Juliet was something of a cultural phenomenon upon release. It starred hot-young-things Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes. It modernised the famous play with quick cuts and a memorably hip soundtrack. It replaced the 'and' with a '+', bringing a touch of mathematics to the infamous romance. What more could you want?
How about a tie-in with actual substance? The film was a critical darling and a commercial success, even crossing over into the consciousness of the schoolyard as something cool and exciting. Shakespeare; cool and exciting to 13-year-olds. Who'd have thought?
With all this hype, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: An Interactive Trip to Verona Beach released alongside the movie. Created by Circumstance Interactive on behalf of Fox Interactive it proposed to take the user to the very same hyper-stylised Verona Beach of the film where it would further explore the adaptation of the classic play.
Unfortunately, what is delivered is little more than flashy marketing material. The interactive trip mainly consists of clips and music from the film, all quickly cut together. It does include character bios, but they lack any substance other than a brief sentence or two to describe their roles and perhaps a video clip of them from the movie.
Upon further exploration, you will find a page with brief explanations to the setting, social structures of the time and the language that is used, but once again this is a very slight affair. If you keep searching the menus you will find a comparison between the screenplay and the original play tucked away. Navigating there is a little convoluted; I would have liked to make the texts the central pillar and be able to find all the content and trivia off that. Instead, we have a confused and muddled attempt that's as ADHD and in-your-face as the source material.
Sadly, there is not much to speak of during your Interactive Trip to Verona Beach. What there is feels padded with quick cuts and jarring music to try and make you forget how little content there actually is. You may find some enjoyment in this if you're either a big fan of this classic adaption or if you're a student studying the play, were supposed to have read it over a month ago and have an essay due tomorrow. If you don’t fill either of those criteria, I would say give it a miss and file it under 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses the DOSBox Daum build of DOSBox 0.74 running Windows '95. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
IMPORTANT - Remember to shut down the emulated version of Windows before exiting DOSBox. This could potentially result in errors, lost saves and corrupt data. Press Ctrl-F9 when it is safe to do so.
01.03.2020 - Version 2 - Program now autostarts
Added Windows '95 wallpaper
File Size: 514 Mb. Install Size: 764 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: An Interactive Trip to Verona Beach is © Fox Interactive
Review by HeroOfAvalon
Cover Design and Installer created by me