My friend: it is exactly as awesome as you remember, only now you're playing the main character instead of watching someone else just PRETEND to be him.
Also unlike Shakespeare I didn't skip over the pirate scene in Hamlet. You get to fight PIRATES. With SWORDS. And yes OF COURSE you can choose which body part you cut off. Why would you write a book where you can't do that is my question.
IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE BUT STILL HAVE TO READ IT:
YOU WON'T HATE HIM ANYMORE. Honest! This is great literature in what has to be the most accessible, friendly format ever. If you ever struggled with wondering what was going on and what people's motivations were in the play, you will totally understand everything once you play through this book, assuming you make the same choices Shakespeare did when he played it. That doesn't mean this book is written for children. It just means it's easy to understand someone's motivations when you're the one making the decisions!
Hey speaking of that, making the same choices Shakespeare did will be easy as there will be little Yorick skulls beside the "canonical" choices. So if you want to stick to the plot of the play, that's not a problem! It's super easy! But I'll warn you: Shakespeare's choices didn't lead to the best ending for the characters. Not by a long shot.
While the book itself is told in modern language, for each of the big speeches, you have the option to say it in the original beautiful and fancy language, or you can have told in modern language, like with Hamlet rapping it or whatever. IT IS TOTALLY YOUR CALL.
IF YOU LIKE THE POTENTIAL OF READER-DRIVEN NARRATIVE AND HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED IN THE PAST:
Yep, I hear you. The interactive books of our youth often suffered from arbitrary plotlines and capricious death. This book puts you in a real, consistent world where your choices matter. Also there are ghosts. Also you can play as a ghost. Also you can haunt the planet for generations because GHOSTS DON'T DIE.
Yep! In fact, the first choice you make is to choose your character, and each character has their own storyline. Storylines, actually: dozens and dozens of storylines. You can play as Hamlet, his girlfriend Ophelia, and his dad Hamlet Sr, who (SURPRISE) dies on the first page and becomes a ghost. And then we make fun of you for dying on the first page, but you can become a ghost and must INVESTIGATE YOUR OWN MURDER that you TOTALLY SLEPT THROUGH because you got SLEEPY IN AN ORCHARD. (Shakespeare wrote this part, I can't help it.)
Ophelia's adventure is as well-thought-out as Hamlet's, but rather than being a hero suffering from crippling inaction, you are a smart, self-sufficient woman who knows what she wants and is totally rad 100% of the time, and also you are dating a PRINCE. You can choose what you want to do with your life: help your boyfriend who's crying about a spooky ghost, or I don't know TAKE DOWN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS INSTEAD?? It's nuts. It's awesome. Oh my gosh.
IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN HAMLET AT ALL BUT LIKE FUNNY JOKES:
Then I can assure you this book is still totally awesome and chock full of those things you like. You can (AND WILL?) love this book even if you've never had any particular interest in to being or not to being. This is a book written for adults who like only the most awesome of things. That is you. I know it.
I've used the story of Hamlet as a starting point, but a) that's already a great story because it ends with pretty much everyone in it getting stabbed in the body and b) the story can go in all sorts of fun, crazy directions when you make a choice that Shakespeare didn't.