Game On with Ben Cowles
WITH the electorate presented with a clear choice last Thursday between the Tory vision of a capitalist nightmare and a Labour society for the many, Corbyn Run (corbynrun.com) is nothing if not timely.
In this beautifully rendered 8-bit endless runner, you control Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he sprints from left to right through Britain’s streets, liberating dosh from Theresa Mayhem’s Conservatives and her tax-dodging chums.
Each banker, Bullingdon boy and Tory MP you bash adds to the people-power meter which, when filled, allows you to launch popular manifesto pledges like introducing a £10 minimum wage, saving the NHS, putting an end to tuition fees and building a million new affordable homes.
Not only will you have to dodge champagne bottles dropped by your dastardly rich foes and the potholes caused by years of Tory neglect but each manifesto pledge you launch angers the dark forces of unfettered capitalism and unleashes an arch Tory upon the screen.
Look out for Boris Johnson, who flings Union flags your way and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher, who blasts Corbyn with the tears of the working class.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has praised the initiative of the game’s creators Games for the Many, saying that though “the Tories may own the media … it’s the people whose creativity will win.” Quite.
Another much darker game, focusing on the harsh societal and environmental effects of consumer capitalism, is Phone Story.