Totalitarian regimes, reality TV, jumping off heights, and the promise of freedom, oh my. Ministry of Broadcast is coming to Steam and Switch later in 2019.
Ministry of Broadcast is carrying a couple of truncheons, one to bash totalitarian governments with, and the other reserved for reality TV shows. Threatening stuff. But there’s also an air of familiarity to it, as the actual gameplay hearkens back to classic cinematic platformers like Prince of Persia (the really old one) and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus. It’s an ambitious melange of influences and commentary that certainly perks up my ears.
The game is scheduled to release sometime in late 2019 for Steam (PC and Mac) and Switch.
Have a look at the game’s debut trailer below:
Here’s the game’s plot, as the developers describe it:
Set in a country divided seemingly overnight by the construction of The Wall, an absurd totalitarian government known as the Regime has taken root. Separated from his family by this barricade, our protagonist must compete on, and win, The Wall Show—a mysterious reality TV show aired only in the free lands on the other side of the barrier. Participating in a government-organised contest to escape a deceptively-charming dystopia is already cause for unease, but, much to his chagrin, our ill-fortuned protagonist has also lost his only pair of boots.
The gameplay involves the usual running, jumping, and climbing business that platformers gravitate towards, as well as puzzle solving. Keeping with the cinematic platformer tradition, there’s also no UI—players will have to pay attention to the world directly.
Ministry of Broadcast is being developed in Czechia by a studio carrying the same name as the game. It’s being published by American publisher Hitcents.
What about a game set in a country that was actually divided in two? Have a look at the Cold War adventure Truberbrook. For something noticeable more cheery, have a look at the rhythm platformer Songbird Symphony.