The incredible upcoming indie game Ministry of Broadcast finally has a release date, January 30, 2020. the game is set in a dystopian future in which everyone is watched by an overbearing force that’s partly Owell’s 1984, and partly modern day reality TV. The game has intrigued me for a while now, but we finally have a release date so I’ll know for sure what it’s like to play as protagonist Orange as he attempts to escape his prison. Check out the trailer below and read on for more details.
In a not too subtle jibe at Trump’s wall, a huge wall has been built fairly quickly, trapping one man inside and away from his family. In order to see his family once more the protagonist must take part in The Wall Show, a sick television show organised by the Regime that sees prisoners attempt to escape to freedom. Unfortunately the promise of freedom is short-lived, and Orange quickly realises that he’s basically being hunted as he moves around the facility.
The game is fulled with environmental puzzles to solve, which is easy because the game is built around making Orange do some mad jumps across precarious ledges, and very close to traps. Puzzles will be solved by allowing fellow contestants to die in order to build a bridge, or by falling through a series of levels that crumble underneath Orange’s feet just enough to stop him from shattering his shins. The whole game is painted with a dark sense of humour that I really love, though I can see some people missing the point completely and just being offended by it.
I think that Ministry of Broadcast is a really special indie game that’s going to blow 2020 wide open. It’s really on the nose with its references and it isn’t afraid to make players suffer. The setting and story also feel like they’ll have their hooks in players from the very start, and the stories players will tell about their playthroughs will only fuel more people to get in on what I think will be the biggest game of January 2020. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.