Gameloft Announces Battle for the White House
"No hard feelings, it's just politics, you know?"
That's right. Gameloft's releasing a mobile game that makes light of the 2008 elections and lets you fight it out with leading candidates from both the democrats and the republicans. Playable characters will include Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney. One notable omission is the distinct lack of candidate, Ron Paul, the favorite for the youth vote -- and, likely, future victim of youth voting apathy. I can't help but feel like they missed an opportunity for added entertainment by leaving pop culture sensations like the Obama girl out as well.
It's not your traditional celebrity death match style game though. Players will be able to participate in any of eight different mini-games that will test their political mettle and push them to answer the age old question, "Just how badly do you want to win?"
Debate will require you to wow the crowd with your character and charisma (because the actual content of your words means little in the political realm).
Sabotage is a stealth game that asks you to escape undetected after sabotaging an opponent's speech.
The bizarre Parade will apparently test your... smiling and waving skills? I'm sure anybody who's been through a job interview will excel at this one.
Ballot Ball acts as the political equivalent of the log rolling games of old and has players rolling giant rolls of ballots down a hill while avoiding various obstacles.
Sneak In is another stealth flavored minigame where you'll navigate through a maze, illegally collecting ballots.
The somewhat confusing Touch the Sky will have players "adjusting the angle of their campaign", whatever that means.
For your inner Grand Theft Auto fan, Crowd Breaker will have you cutting through mobs of protesters blocking the path to your limousine.
And finally, yes, it will feature a traditional boxing minigame that will let you pit the candidates against each other in a battle of fists rather than policies -- although, with all the name calling and slander in most election campaigns, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Battle for the White House will be available on all major mobile carrier decks in February 2008. To check the game's availability, text WHITE to 82174 on your mobile phone.