Subversive though it may be, the dazzling pixel art project Riot Game has made a huge impact on the indie gaming world through its Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. With several weeks still to go, this highly unique violence simulator looks set to more than double its intended goal of $15,000.
Part game and part entertainment app (a rare combination that never fails to light a fire in my gaming loins), Riot Game uses a beautiful retro aesthetic to deliver a thrilling, yet disturbing look at the dark side of crowd mentality.
“What is it that triggers such a strife?” the Indiegogo campaign asks. “What does a cop feel during the conflict? In Riot, the player will experience both sides of a fight in which there is no such thing as victory or defeat.”
A game without winners. Not an easy task to accomplish, but it’s impossible not to be entranced by the power of this remarkable project when you watch the trailer. In an effort to capture the danger and sensation of a real riot, Riot Game promises to remain entirely unbiased in its depiction of out-of-control street-based violence. It could be triggered by an abuse of authority, or it could be a clash between gangs that escalates to all out urban war.
Riot Game looks to be disruptive and controversial digital art, as much as a game, and we’re incredibly excited to see how this interactive experiment pans out. If the early artwork is anything to go by, this will be a powerful and rebellious indie phenomenon. Although there’s no release date yet for the Android, Ouya, iOS, PC and Mac game, it’s funding is in the bag and ready to go.