Dilbert Working Diligently on Mobile Phones
No pain, no gain.
Today, Namco Networks announced the release of Dilbert Cubicle Chaos: an office simulator developed in conjunction with United Media, the independent licensing and syndication company that loans the Dilbert license out.
Interestingly enough, players don't play Dilbert in the game but rather his inept boss -- that semi-anonymous figurehead for everyone's nightmare manager. Players will race against the clock in a number of tasks meant to help keep the workers in line. Destroy morale by shredding projects as they're completed, shock workers with a cattle prod to keep them alert and motivated and participate in a host of other "necessary" evils.
All the usual suspects will be present with popular characters like Dogbert, Wally, Alice, Asok, Ted, Tina and of course Dilbert appearing throughout the game.
Things start off when the boss decides he needs to win the manager of the month award. This means wandering around the office handing out projects to employees and making sure they meet the daily quota. After the quota is reached for that day, players can move onto the next level. Six days/levels in, they'll encounter a boss zone that ups the difficulty level by making project assignment and other gameplay aspects more random. There will also be a hidden whack-a-mole style mini-game featuring everyone's favorite former genius, Wally.
"Everyone in the corporate world can relate to some part of the Dilbert comic strip, making the storyline, characters and office satire ideal for a mobile game targeting mass-market consumers," said Scott Rubin, vice president of sales and marketing, Namco Networks. "Adding elements to the game that are specific to the mobile platform, such as downloadable comics made possible by network connectivity, only increase the longevity of the game and allow players, Dilbert fans and general consumers alike, to have the best possible mobile gaming experience."
"The game speaks to something basic in our natures. It lets you organize and accomplish something while zapping other people with cattle prods," said Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. "If you are honest with yourself, you know those are all good feelings."