Megalo Polis Review (PC)

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Posted November 10, 2016 by Katana san in Nerdy Bits

Developer: Black Sheep Studio

Publisher:  Black Sheep Studio

Release Date: February 26, 2016

Platforms: PC

Megalo Polis is a fun little strategy game that focuses on the exaggeration of the candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Race. However, somehow Barack Obama was thrown into the mix as well. Also in the mix of prospective candidates are Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. The graphics are nothing spectacular, but the big head aspect of the caricature style of drawings offer up a few giggles along the way for sure. The goal here is to win the general election and become President of this great country of ours. To do this, you must win over districts in key states and win enough electoral votes to ultimately win the election. First order of business is to choose who you will play as.

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I chose to play as Trump, of course, and we started out competing in the great state of Iowa. Both Hillary and Barack were also competing for votes. The premise here is simple: Move your candidate to a district and they automatically start delivering speeches. You can hear Trump begin with talks of “Building a Wall” and “Making America Great Again!” The voiceover is definitely a plus as all of the candidates sound very close to the actual people they are portraying. Once you win over a particular district in a city, the district then locks, giving all of its money to you as the candidate, which is helpful, because the money allows you to do certain things to help you win over the citizens a bit faster.

Since this is somewhat of a strategy game, it provides you with tools to destroy your competition, or at least make life a little miserable for them. All the while, hearing them complain with funny little sayings as you hit Barack with an Extortion Scheme or induce a riot in a district controlled by Hillary.

 

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The game offers a tutorial, which I found myself having to go back and play since the jump-right-in tactic did not fare too well for me. The tutorial is supposed to show you just how everything works in the game, but it lacks in some key areas. For example, it gives you the impression that once you completely win a district, it becomes locked and unable to be challenged by another candidate. While it does become locked, I found warnings going off that either Hillary or Barack were attacking districts I already locked in. I was able to ward them off but then found it very elusive to start my own attack on districts that my opponents had locked down. In my opinion, this is a key aspect of the game that the developers decided to just leave out of the tutorial. The tutorial also fails to show you all of the game mechanics such as having the ability to throw money at citizens to get them to move closer to you, hence being able to convert more citizens at one time. After the tutorial, I was able to get the hang of the game within a few tries, and finally starting to make some progress. The problem with progress is it is incredibly repetitive. There is literally nothing different about locking districts in your favor throughout the entire game. The only thing that changes is you have access to more money, and some more special tactics to hurt your opponents. One of the later special

The tutorial also fails to show you all of the game mechanics, such as having the ability to throw money at citizens to get them to move closer to you, hence being able to convert more citizens at one time. After the tutorial, I was able to get the hang of the game within a few tries and finally started to make some progress. The problem with progress is it’s incredibly repetitive. There is nothing different about locking districts in your favor throughout the entire game. The only thing that changes is having access to more money, and some more special tactics to hurt your opponents. One of the later special tactics is “Riot,” which I must admit was quite fun to start in several of Obama’s current districts. Eventually, you work your way up to the General Election, and becoming POTUS.

All in all, if you find yourself completely bored on a Saturday afternoon, with the house to yourself and nothing else to do, this may be worth the $8.99 on Steam to generate a few laughs. But be warned, the laughs only last for a little while.


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Katana san

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