Factsheet

Developer:
Silverware Games, Inc.
Based in Delaware, USA

Release date:
October 3, 2012

Platforms:
Flash Web Player
PC/Mac/Linux on Desura

Website:
silverwaregames.com/strategery2012

Regular Price:

USD$2.99

Concept

Help Mitt Romney win the nomination and then chose Romney or Obama to fight for the presidency as it really happened: a series of "Advance Wars" style battles.

Description

Basic Gameplay

Move campaign staff, organize political attacks, and win votes. Each turn you reposition your staff to take advantage of the lay of the land. Staffers are weaker on the road and stronger in cities. When you order a staffer to attack, the game launches into "Talking Head Mode" where the staffers deliver dynamically generated lines of rhetoric. These are often quotes from the actual campaign. You can also capture votes by occupying a city with your staff. Secure enough votes or force your opponent's staff to retire to win. As you debate your candidate power grows. Each candidate has a different power based on their strengths and gaffes during the election.

Mitt Romney's Suppression

For the first 5 levels you play as Romney. When his power charges you can select a city and stop its vote from counting. Your opponent cannot tell which cities are suppressed so if you use the power strategically you can send the opposition on wild goose chases trying to capture a city that won't matter.

Ohio Primary: Bachman's "Might Makes Right"

Michelle Bachman is the first challenger. Once her candidate power charges she will deliver a line of Right wing rhetoric that boosts her staff's credibility. She has a 50/50 chance of gaffing and damaging her staff's credibility.

New Hampshire Primary: Perry's "Lone Star Shot"

Rick Perry's power damages your 3 most powerful staffer's credibility, but he will forget one at random. One trick to beating him is to let his staffers make the first attack, which will leave him open to a counter.

South Carolina Primary: Cain's "The Dark Horse"

Each turn a coin toss decides if Herman Cain delivers one of his famous "Cainisms" and gets an attack boost or a female accuser comes forward and he gets an attack penalty. Cain's staff is split so be careful to watch for attacks from both sides of the map.

Mississippi Primary: "Gingrich's Optimism"

During an attack, Gingrich pops in and delivers some of his trademark soaring rhetoric, damaging the opposition's cred. Every 5 turns he goes on vacation and gets an attack penalty. Be careful Gingrich doesn't get a vote win while you are dealing with his forces near the river.

Wisconsin Primary: Santorum's "Perfect Might Makes Right"

Santorum's conservative credentials are beyond question and thus he never gaffes. He is a formidable final boss. If you are careful you can push him out of the south of the state and take the cities there for a vote win.

Ohio: The Final Showdown

Here you can choose Obama or Romney and fight for the presidency in the swing state Ohio. Because the courts overturned the voter registration acts, Romney has a new power "Moderate Mitt" where he delivers a line of moderate conservative rhetoric throwing Obama off guard and damaging his staff's credibility. Obama focuses on the ground game with his power "Its the Votes" letting him capture votes at twice the speed.

Features

  • Classic "Advance Wars" style gameplay.
  • 6 levels, total play time 1-2 hours.
  • Real quotes from the campaign.
  • "Talking Head Mode" where televised debates are generated dynamically.
  • Choose who gets to be president in the final level.

Videos

Trailer/Gameplay Explanation YouTube


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (1MB)
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Selected Articles

  • "Simply put, Strategery 2012: Right Makes Might interprets the Republican Primaries as Advance Wars and it’s a fine interpretation."
    - Adam Smith, Rock Paper Shotgun
  • "It's shocking how good this thing is, from the map design to the story they've woven throughout."
    - Luke Plunkett, Kotaku
  • "There’s something cheerful about these people’s backstabbery."
    - Dan Thurot, Space-Biff!
  • "Strategery 2012, the brainchild of a former Firaxis intern, doesn’t pretend to hide its bias.... Several Republican-leaning players ... remarked how the game’s representation of their preferred party didn’t matter. They focused on trying to win the game."
    - Patrick Klepek, Giant Bomb

About Silverware Games, Inc.

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Silverware Games, Inc. makes games incorporating unusual source material and new game mechanics. Our titles include "Strategery 2012" spoofing the US presidential election, "Composition J" a love letter to high art and old school arcade games, and "Don't Shoot Yourself" a puzzle SHMUP with an original game mechanic now on Steam. We've released games for mobile devices, web browsers, PC, Mac, and Linux and worked with publishers like Valve and Ayopa Games. The goal is to make games that change the industry.

More information
More information on Silverware Games, Inc., our logo & relevant media are available here.


Strategery 2012, Final Showdown Credits

Michael Silverman
Project Lead

Ian MacLean
Pixel Art, Freelancer

Stephen Webster
Music, Freelancer

Steve Machen
Sound Design, Freelancer


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