Party Animals is a misleading name for a game about politics. This part-political-satire and part-strategy game developed by a team of Philippine game developers has you working to win the presidential elections by using different methods. During your election, you will need to take care of fund raising, going on campaigns, making deals, and interacting with voters.
At the moment, there is no mention of the game being based on elections in the Philippines, but as a Filipino, I cannot help but see my country in this game, especially when the elections are just two years away. Politics in Philippines are a mess, and they’re also hard to follow if you’re not truly interested. But you should make an attempt to understand what’s going on, because every citizen has a duty to his or her country when it comes to elections. And so, here’s why I think trying Party Animals is a must for my fellow Filipinos.
1. It’s made by Pinoys
The Party Animals development team didn’t say that the game is based on a specific country’s politics, but the fact that its developers are from the Philippines means that their experience within the country—the government, the economy, the people, the culture—will have influenced this game. In my opinion, it would be something Pinoys would find easier to relate to, compared to something that’s created by a foreigner. It would also be a lot easier to ‘trust’ the game’s ideas, because these people have actually experienced living here, so it saves you from wondering if they know what they’re talking about.
2. It puts you in the shoes of the politicians
You might be asking “Why on earth would I want to be in the shoes of a politician?” It’s so you have an idea of how they think! As I mentioned, the Philippine presidential election is two years away, and if you have been paying attention to elections over the years, you’ll know that politicians will go through extreme lengths to win. I can’t guarantee that you will fully understand a Filipino politician’s mind simply by playing this game, but it will help you to have a vague idea about why some of them think holding more motorcades is better than a holding a debate during campaign period.
3. It makes you take your vote seriously
Since this is a game about winning an election, you have to deal with voters. Wouldn’t it be interesting if you could find a reflection of yourself or someone you know in the game? Are you the one who cares a lot about the rate of crime in the country? Or are you the one who thinks the government should focus on tackling unemployment? Or maybe you’re the district head who asks for favors. Playing the role of a politician may help to zero in on your priorities and help you decide what type of voter you are, which will certainly help you with understanding candidates when election year finally rolls around. .
4. It will help you understand satire
Let’s face it: most Filipinos can’t tell truth from satire. But I’m hoping that since this is a satire game, Pinoys will be more receptive to it. Playing a satire game might be able to help people understand that satire is not something to be taken seriously, or something that should send you flying into a serious rage, for that matter. Political satire games aren’t new (Thailand has at least seven), and in fact, can sometimes be the best way to look at a situation.
5. It makes you think
This is a big question, actually. I haven’t played the game yet and I haven’t seen anything but work-in-progress images of the game. And I’m not sure if other nationalities would feel the same but, as soon as I read the manual, the first thing I recognized was that this is my country. Things like building reputation with district leaders who may or may not ask favors, and the need for entertainers during political sorties are familiar to me because I see them happening in the Philippines. And I’m sure you will too, if you’ve been paying attention.
At the moment, Party Animals is still in development phase. According to its developer’s blog, Party Animals will launch for the PC first, before following up with Mac and iOS versions. The dev team has not yet set up a crowdfunding campaign, but donations are welcome in the meantime, and those who donate $5 or more are guaranteed a copy of the PC version as soon as it’s ready. You can learn more about Party Animals by heading over to its official website or by downloading mrore information on it here.