8-Bit Video Game Lets Players Enact Real World Riots From Both Sides [Video]

8-Bit Video Game Lets Players Enact Real World Riots From Both Sides [Video]

Created by Leonard Menchiari, 'RIOT' is a simulator based on events that have been influencing western civilization in the past few years.

Emma Hutchings
  • 26 february 2014

RIOT‘ is a simulator created by Leonard Menchiari, which is based on real world events. Developed for PC, Mac, iOS and Android, it was inspired by recent demonstrations in countries like Egypt and Italy.

The 8-bit style game lets players choose their perspective and experience both sides of a riot, either as the police or the protesters. It includes four main campaigns set in Italy, Greece, Spain and Egypt, with many more unlockable riots set all around the world.

Each scenario has its own background, elements, props, police uniforms, and procedurally generated activists’ clothes. Each character can react in unpredictable ways based on realistic elements that happen in each riot.

8-Bit Video Game Depicts Riots In The Real World [Video]

As the economical crisis advances, the discontent of an entire population cannot help but outburst in Riots, where the sounds of many voices get heard at once. The Director Leonard Menchiari has been experiencing this form of protest in person, and the game “RIOT” was born as a way to express it and to tell the stories of these fights. What is that triggers such a strife? 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”.

The game was recently greenlit on Steam and is due to be released later this year. You can check out the trailer for RIOT below:


Sources: prosthetic knowledge, RIOT

Images: RIOT


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