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Video Game Elsinore Review
Elsinore (2019) is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Elsinore 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.

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Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

You move around by clicking with the mouse and talk with different characters by choosing dialogue options. These simple interactions play into a complex living world where the story plays out around you in real-time. The challenge is to make interventions to change the course of its outcome. Lie, forgive, gossip, befriend, or destroy — the actions you can take at any stage are numerous, and the game immediately responds.

This is made all the more real because each character manages their own lives, schedules, needs, desires, and plans over the course of each time loop. Even the smallest interaction has an impact on the world around you as it unfolds.

What starts as a bewildering array of options slowly coalesces into plans over the course of each loop. Each time through you have more information gleam from previous plays and more options for intervention.

The game is engaging and intriguing but also requires considerable patience and planning. Meticulously crossing points off in your journal, learning more information, and trying to see how events could overlap takes time. You can spend an entire timeline loop pursuing a single character to learn how to subvert their actions. Some will find this exhausting, but for those who love a riddle to solve, Elsinore is a treat.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Narrative game with Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

We haven’t documented this game’s content rating.

Elsinore has no ESRB or PEGI rating, as it doesn't have a physical release and isn't on consoles. It includes themes of death, murder and sex. Sex scenes are only implied in the dialogue rather than depicted. Murder and death are shown in the hand-drawn visual style and not overly bloody.


Elsinore usually costs £7.19.


Steam Store PC £7.19
Steam Store Mac £7.19
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Out Now: Mac and PC

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative (Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer)

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Developer: Elsinore Game (@ElsinoreGame)

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