To Be Or Not To Be -Ryan North 12+

Tin Man Games

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 62 Ratings
    • $6.99



William Shakespeare's Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. I know! What took so long, am I right? Now it's up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father's death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!

Discover sweet art as you play from some of the greatest and most attractive artists of Our Time, including Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Andrew Hussie (MS Paint Adventures), Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and WAY more!

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"Literally slapped my thigh" funny. "Spat water all over my iPad" funny. "Woke my girlfriend in the middle of the night" funny. Riotously, unrelentingly, brilliantly funny. - Pocket Gamer - 9/10 - Gold Award!

"Yes, it’s Shakespeare and yes, it’s easily my favorite gamebook that Tin Man has ever done." - Pocket Tactics - 5/5 stars

" idea that is, by most conventional literary standards, terrible, but pushed so far past terrible that it wraps around like a comet slingshotting around the sun and comes back as utterly brilliant." - Time

"To Be Or Not To Be truly is one of the most purely-entertaining experiences of the year, because Ryan North manages to both live up to my expectations with his take on this literary classic, and also manage to go to places that I just did not expect." - Touch Arcade - 5/5 stars


• Tiny Yorick skulls mark the choices Shakespeare took in his play!
• Play as Hamlet, Ophelia, and Hamlet Sr., each with their own unique adventures.
• Learn things, like the meaning of the word ‘pernicious’ and the origin of the phrase ‘Till death us do part’!
• Sensibly bring evil King Claudius to justice in a court of law! Or, stuff him into a cannon and then fire him into a wall! IT’S UP TO YOU.
• Travel through TIME! Fight PIRATES! Kill a guy IN A CHURCH (it’s totally okay, he’s a jerk!)!
• View the HAML-O-METER at the end of each story to see how well you stuck to the Bard’s vision!

To Be or Not To Be has been created using Tin Man Games’ enhanced Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

• Dyslexic friendly font support, to aid readers with dyslexia.
• Hidden achievements to find throughout the gamebook.
• Art you discover is unlocked in the art gallery. Find all the full colour images as you play!
• Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.

What’s New

Version 1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Updated for iOS 11/ 64 Bit

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

-_name_taken_- ,

Great CYOA - Better for iPhone than iPad.

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.

fojlz ,

Just play Astrolagaster instead

Don’t buy this. This app has a good concept, but the stories are too short and a little too inconsequential even for light comedy. It’s very expensive for what it is and doesn’t even seem to be maintained anymore as there are obvious bugs as you play (floating white squares at the end, for one). Most of the comedy is derived from using modern English in the mouths of Shakespearean characters, which can only retain its novelty for so long. If you just cant get enough of a supposedly Shakespearean narrative voice constantly calling everything “awesome” and “rad” and ending sentences? With question marks? then you will like this. For everyone else, this is vastly overpriced. The art is good though. If this app were somewhere in the dollar range, I’d be satisfied with it. As it stands, I wish I could get a refund. I played through a number of scenarios with multiple endings for each character — and still only got about 20 minutes of gameplay.

My advice: just play Astrologaster instead. It’s better in literally every way: it’s funnier, has better stories, better music, and better art.

Tarelka24 ,

Absolutely fantastic!

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.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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