You're the prince of Denmark, and boy, are you in a sucky mood! You've been grounded again, your friends don't understand you, and your evil uncle has murdered your father to usurp the throne.

Experience Shakespeare's greatest tragedy as the Elizabethans themselves did, on their primitive 286-based PCs.

You can play the game online for free (click "Run game" above), or download it for offline play for $5. The download comes with a high quality map of the game, and a page of designer's notes.

"In just five minutes' playing, I was hooked" – Neil Gaiman

"Superb" – Guardian

"While the idea is good, the execution lacks some of Shakespeare's poetry" – Scotsman

"Oh my goodness" – Ryan North 

"Well-executed, extremely funny" – Cory Doctorow

"Mildly amusing" - Channel 4

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorRobin Johnson
GenreInteractive Fiction, Adventure
TagsComedy, Narrative, Retro, shakespeare, text-adventure, Text based, tragedy
Average sessionAbout an hour
AccessibilityBlind friendly


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Designer's notes 46 kB
Map of the game 653 kB 129 kB

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I killed Claudius, but after fighting (and getting killed by) Laertes, the game still tells me that I haven't avenged my father and Claudius is still king. I finished on 94%. Am I missing something, or is it bugged?

Hmmm, if Claudius is dead then that does sound like a bug, unless there's some bit of plot that I've forgotten (in which case it's at the very least unclearly signalled, but honestly it's more likely a bug.) I'll check it out. Thank you for the report, and sorry for the anticlimax—please accept my apologies and my official recognition of your status of Official Winner and Certified Tragic Hero!


I tried again from an earlier save, and this time achieved 100%. I don't know that I did anything differently except last time I saved immediately after killing Claudius while this time I saved before entering the castle for the last time and completed it from there without furhter saves. Don't know if that has any bearing on the issue.

Me again - are there any hints? I can't find any. I'm, stuck! (on 58%, just so you know I'm not asking lightly!)

I've finally re-added the hints - you can see them by typing HINTS. Enjoy!


Woohoo, thanks!

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Hello - it's not saving cookies. This is Chrome on Windows (I get the same in IE on Windows):

> save game1
Game saved to cookie GAME1.
Type RESTORE GAME1 to carry on from this point.

> restore game1
Cookie GAME1 not found, sorry.
(Type DIR to see a list of cookies.)

> dir
No cookies found.

I can see some cookies in Chrome settings.

Thanks for any ideas! Love the game!

**EDIT Save/restore seems to work fine in Portcullis and The Xylophoniad.

I believe I have fixed this now, thank you! The game is so old it was using document.cookie rather than localStorage, and modern browsers don't seem to like the former any more.

Glad you're enjoying the game!

Yes I was just about to say either you've done something or I have! Working fine now!