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Games about Communism / Anticapitalism / Solidarity / Revolution / all that good lefty shit


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Hello

 

I've had a pretty great idea for a game about that I'm going to start pouring some energy into.  I'd like to do some research into games that have fairly left-leaning, or general political themes.  Especially things that highlight class struggle. 

 

So please hit me up with your recommends, rllmuk. Doesn't matter how old. 

 

To give an idea of the kinds of things I've already earmarked:

- Disco Elysium (never finished)

- Papers, Please (never finished)

- Democracy series (never played)

- Power & revolution (never played)

- Superpower 2 (nearly 20 years old, but sounds pretty rad)

- We, the revolution (never played)

- Kapital: sparks of revolution (never played)

- Revolution: the spark (not out yet)

 

I don't think things like Civ are really worth it for the kinds of stuff I want to look into.  How's Tropico though? I've never tried it. 

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No umbrellas allowed is quite a good shop sim in a big brother type state. It must have been inspired by papers please but it's more recettear or other shop sim games (I'm not sure what they're called but those ones where you set a price for items and put them on show in your shop etc).

It's not bad, quite an interesting little thing and actually writing about it makes me want to go back to it....

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Thanks chaps! I should've caveated - games don't need to be good or even fun, just interesting or doing something weird / different is what I'm more interested in. 

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There was a game called Seaside Special on the Commodore 64 where you had to collect radioactive seaweed from a beach and then throw it at Margaret Thatcher and other Tories. At least I think that’s what it was. I got it on a massive compilation and didn’t play it much.

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The Armageddon Man. I played it on the Spectrum. You had to keep peace in the world.

Quite often I would, instead, try to incite war and see who would nuke who first.

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Road 96 is basically about kids making a break for the border to escape a government regime, so I'm guessing that counts.

 

There's also 1979 Revolution: Black Friday and Not Tonight 1 & 2, but I haven't played them yet.

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22 minutes ago, Siri said:

Road 96 is basically about kids making a break for the border to escape a government regime, so I'm guessing that counts.

 

There's also 1979 Revolution: Black Friday and Not Tonight 1 & 2, but I haven't played them yet.

This one definitely evokes my personal experience with communism or as you guys know it: ‘good lefty shit’

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11 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

Hampstead on the ZX Spectrum.

 

Manic Miner, Jetset Willy, Urban Upstart, The Wally Games, Technician Ted, Monty Mole,... all on the workers computer, Spectrum 48k 

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10 hours ago, Monkeyspill said:

There was a game called Seaside Special on the Commodore 64 where you had to collect radioactive seaweed from a beach and then throw it at Margaret Thatcher and other Tories. At least I think that’s what it was. I got it on a massive compilation and didn’t play it much.

 

That got me thinking about the Soft Aid compilation, I didn't remember the artwork being quite so bleak.

 

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Typography is pretty nice though!

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https://molleindustria.itch.io/democratic-socialism-simulator

 

Is in one of the itch.io bundles, so you probably have it already.

 

It's pretty simplistic, you are US President and you get to make certain decisions which change various country stats and you have to enact a socialist agenda whilst keeping the powerful business and military lobbies onside. It's not terribly in depth but it would seem to meet your criteria. Basically picking the socialist option in all cases will get you deposed so you need to balance against that, also throwing in dealing with the environmental crisis.

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9 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

 

That got me thinking about the Soft Aid compilation, I didn't remember the artwork being quite so bleak.

 

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Typography is pretty nice though!

I had the C64 version. I spent probably hundreds of hours on Kokotoni Wilf.

 

Seaside Special was part of “30 Games”. 30 games for a tenner! Bargain! It had some decent games games on it too.

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Sadly, I could still name about half of the games on the cover. Bozo’s Night Out would never get made now. Get as drunk as possible before attempting the journey home from the pub. Avoid police, hooligans, grannies, sex workers, and DT monsters.

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I’m not sure that jet set Willy - a game about a guy who became a millionaire, is suffering from a serious hangover, and has to tidy their functionally impossible to tidy house up - is an ode to communism.

might be an ode to getting a cleaner.

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1 hour ago, Alan Stock said:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic:_The_Revolution

 

This was pretty hyped up back in the day and has some clever ideas. Fun fact, the director Dennis Hassibis who was a bit of a dev darling at the time, went on to head up the Deep Mind AI company.  

His name's Demis, btw.

 

I still remember all the press he got in the gaming mags when he was involved with molyneux and left to do Republic. 

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I've heard good things about "Tonight We Riot" (PC and I think also Switch): "The player controls a group of revolutionaries that grow as they liberate workers from their jobs. They fight with bricks and molotovs through lines of police and white power gangs to achieve the goal of beating the final boss — a Jeff Bezos-type capitalist that controls the working class with a technocratic iron fist."

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