At the Jane Austen News we rather suspect that this latest Austen-based PC game is going to be a bit like Marmite – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. There is no middle ground.
Tongue-in-cheek satirical strategy game Austen Translation is due for release on the website Steam on May the 1st. In it, players play as young unmarried women of uncertain means who have just one social season in which to find an eligible man to marry so as to save themselves and their family from humiliation and destitution. Though, naturally, there will be fierce rivalries and obstacles to overcome along the way.
Austen Translation pokes fun at the world of Jane Austen, particularly the preconceived ideas of how men and women should behave. The game takes Jane’s genteel brand of satire and sends it over the top.
What do you think? Good fun? Or a step too far?