Did You See This? Choose Your Own Mad Men Adventure

Slate's Culture Blog
March 22 2012 1:40 PM

Did You See This? Choose Your Own Mad Men Adventure

mad men video game
A still from The Fine Brothers' Mad Men game

If you’re excited about season 5 of Mad Men but need to brush up on your knowledge of season 4—it did, after all, air a year and a half ago—you can re-watch it on Netflix or reread Slate’s TV Club from 2010. Or, if you’re in the mood for a refresher that’s a little sprightlier (and faster), you can play The Fine Brothers’ interactive, ‘80s-style 8-bit game that lightheartedly summarizes the key plot points of season 4:

The game is full of nice touches, from the electronic, pixelated version of the iconic opening credits to the sly references to earlier seasons (you’ll notice a lawnmower in the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce hallway during a race scene) to the arch dialogue, which comes half from the point of view of the characters and half from the point of view of the audience. (At one point, Don advises Pete, “Stop wearing those stupid pajamas at night. We all talk behind your back.”) But more importantly, it really does serve as a helpful primer to season 4—spend half an hour making choices for Don, and your locked-up memories of all the indiscretions, disagreements, revelations, and internecine office politics will start flooding back.

Advertisement

See all of Slate’s coverage of Mad Men, Season 5 here.

Previously:

L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 1:52 PM Julian Casablancas’ New Album Sounds Like the Furthest Thing From the Strokes
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.