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Cambridge Mobile App Group Message Board › Controversial War on Terror game moves to iPhone app

Controversial War on Terror game moves to iPhone app

Jakub C.
Cambridge, GB
Post #: 10
source: http://www.cambridge-...­

The War on Terror is going from board game to iPhone app – as even soldiers on the frontline do battle with the controversial challenge.

The game caused a stir before it was even released for using humour and satire to tackle the subject of terrorism.

And despite the game’s theme, Apple has approved it for sale to anyone aged 9 or more on its iTunes website, costing £2.99.

Inventor Andrew Sheerin, a director of TerrorBull Games in Cambridge, said: “Apple have vetted and approved it and it goes on sale this Friday.

“I would not be surprised to see it banned again as apps have been dropped off iTunes before.”

Players have to build an empire, secure oil supplies and fund and/or fight terrorism to emerge the victor.

The game’s take on modern global politics has proved controversial – not least because it comes complete with an IRA-style balaclava for players to wear.

The new version has been condensed as the full board game with cards would have been too dense for the app market, said Andrew.

In fact, the creators had thought the task impossible until they met David Partouche.

Andrew said: “He’s a French vegan anarchist and artificial intelligence specialist and he thought we could do it.

“So far it is a slimmed-down one-person game but we hope to develop it so you can play others who have the game as well.

“The board game can happily eat up an evening of your time but a typical app game will last around thirty minutes.”

Despite its close-to-the-bone topics, the 36-year-old also revealed the game is enjoyed by those serving in the Armed Forces in some of the hotspots around the world.

Andrew said: “We are sent email pictures of US and British soldiers playing the game in Afghanistan. It’s a bit messed up.”

Initially the game will be on iPhone and iPod Touch but they hope the enhanced game can be for iPads and even make the move to Android.

The artwork for the game has been developed by Cambridge man Tom Morgan-Jones – a fellow 36-year-old keen on making the game go global.

Causing offence is not the primary aim – it is humour and getting the message across that those in power should not be above criticism, says Andrew, adding: “It’s an upsetting subject but we are not poking fun at the victims of terrorism. It is satire.”
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