The Road Of Peace

Road Of Peace screen

The Road Of Peace started out as a game called Global Espionage. DePaul students Jacob Anderson, Nicholas Esparza, Kevin Stich, and Anthony Zahnle envisioned a game where two players plotted against each other, and the board game they originally designed had two maps where neither player had complete visibility in where the next act of covert violence would occur.

But then Tunisia erupted, then Egypt ... . The team became engrossed in following the tumultuous Arab Spring. With Microsoft's Imagine Cup on the horizon, they wondered if they could turn their cloak-and-dagger game into an approximation of non-violent revolution. The result, a Windows Phone game, was somewhat rough when I saw a demonstration of it in June. It's now available as a retail download. So, if you're one of the few and the proud Windows Phone users, give it a try.

You will play as a civil rights leader in an anonymous Arab country. Your nemesis is The Despot, an equally anonymous Kaddafi-like figure. Your resources are your supporters, and each turn you are given choices in how to further sow dissention in the several cities in the region. Every turn is flavored by emotional news clippings, as you are given second-hand updates on how your followers fared. This 5-15 minute serious game has its flaws, but I'm curious what you all think of its merits.

Talking points: Is this just a glossy veneer atop an uninteresting board game? Do the cities react as capriciously as the advisors in MOO 3? Or is this a far more subtle game than one might think, where the rich archives and database tell a story that the game turns can't by themselves? How could social networking influence the story, and the game play, of this small but ambitious first effort?

Comments

Since this is only available via the Windows Phone store, we can't provide a direct link. Hopefully it'll be ported to XBLA. In the meantime, WinPhone folks can search for it in the store.

I'm unable to play this, but your description makes it sound similar to the flawed 2003 PC release, Republic: The Revolution.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

I'm unable to play this, but your description makes it sound similar to the flawed 2003 PC release, Republic: The Revolution.

Or the horror that was Politika.

wordsmythe wrote:

Since this is only available via the Windows Phone store, we can't provide a direct link.

Nonsense! zune://navigate/?phoneappid=283f479a-0593-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Also, the game is called Road of Peace, not The Road to Peace. I'm installing it now and will give it a shot when I get the chance.

I am very very excited you found that app, Clock. Had no idea that existed.

wordsmythe wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:

I'm unable to play this, but your description makes it sound similar to the flawed 2003 PC release, Republic: The Revolution.

Or the horror that was Politika.

Let's use the full name, so the perp can get as much credit for this as for the other things his name is stamped on: it's Tom Clancy's Politika.

Hans

Edit: thrice-damned autocorrect!