Mobile Games Go Political

The US Election cycle is in full swing these days – both parties held their conventions to officially nominate the candidates. To succeed this November, each party is going to try to activate their “digitally inclined” voters through various means.

On one side of the aisle, we see Hillary Clinton release her very own mobile game (showcased below!), on hopes that mobile gamers lean blue. Included in that are “Trump or False” quizzes that try to educate voters.

On the other side – in his typical fashion – Trump showcases an attack ad against Hillary using visuals from Pokemon Go, in an attempt to ride the game’s popularity to go viral.

I am sure we will see additional digital efforts from both parties in the coming months. Each election cycle, the technology used tries to keep up with the new generation of voters. Will it work? Only time will tell.

Until next week,
Peter

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Hillary 2016

Hillary for America

Why Play? Presidential candidates struggle to get younger generations out to vote, and one of Hillary Clinton’s attempts at garnering support is through her new mobile game. Each day, you perform a set of tasks – like pledging to vote for her, or signing up for the newsletters – which you get “stars” in return, in order to trick-out your own campaign headquarters.

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diep.io

Miniclip.com

Why Play? From the makers of Agar.io, comes a similar MMO game, where instead of controlling a snake, you control a tank and try to launch missiles at your opponents in real time. The innovation? As you hit targets you get skill points, which you can assign to one of a handful of attributes to improve your tank.

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Batman: Arkham Underworld

Warner Bros.

Why Play? Batman: Arkham Underworld is, at its core, yet another Clash of Clans clone. The meta structure ticks all the standard boxes you’d expect, but the slight pivot on the base building/management makes it something to have a look at, as well as the addition of a “hero” element to give the user more moment-to-moment control during combat.

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Legends of Heropolis

Kairosoft

Why Play? It’s another RPG-management game from Kairosoft, indie darlings whose 8-bit styled games have captured the hearts of many. This one is a superhero simulator and base-builder that allows friends to bolster defenses.

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com