The award-winning game Ministry of Broadcast is slated to release on Steam on January 30th. Brought to you by Ministry of Broadcast Studios along with publishers Hitcents and PLAYISM, Ministry of Broadcast throws you into a dark and foreboding Orwellian world. Separated from his family by a wall that’s divided a country, the protagonist becomes a contestant on ‘The Wall Show,’ a reality TV program broadcast by the Regime. But during his journey, he must learn which truths he is willing to accept, and what he’s willing to sacrifice.
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“Dignity and Great Prosperity of a Country Exists, Only When an Excellent Show is Broadcast”
– Ministry of Broadcast
The Wall divides both a country in two and a man from his family. To see them again, our ginger-haired protagonist has become a contestant on “The Wall Show,” a Regime-organized TV show allowing competitors the opportunity to escape to freedom on the other side. However, as he progresses through the camp, our contestant soon realizes exactly how the Regime and the show operate. The promise of freedom is not exactly what it seems, as he realizes the truth is interpreted by those who would share it.
Inspired by games such as Prince of Persia (1989) and Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Ministry of Broadcast revives the spirit of classic cinematic platformers where players need nimble run-and-jump reflexes to avoid mortal dangers, and a sharp mind to discern the real-life parallels. To reach freedom and family, you must lead the protagonist through each of the Arenas while under the ever-watchful lens of the Regime. Encounter the requisite variety of hazardous, dilapidated obstacles along the way, but what of the situation around you? What would you sacrifice for truth?
Those eager to participate in “The Wall Show” will be excited to learn that Ministry of Broadcast will be available for $14.99 (with a 10% launch discount, down to $13.49).
- Cinematic platformer: Run, jump, crash, and climb your way through each Arena as the narrative unfolds around you. Much of the story is unveiled via smoothly integrated animation sequences, within the environment, or from NPCs muttering bits of dialogue as you dive and dodge around them.
- Environmental HUD: Rather than having a screen cluttered with overlaid indicators, HP bars, and minimaps, any information the player will need is incorporated into the environment. Hints and clues are meshed into the game’s art, subtle and specific. Players will need a keen eye if they want to survive each Arena without breaking their legs.
- Puzzle-solving: Use your wits, and at times a dash of ruthlessness, to advance through the Arenas. You’ll have to interact with the environment itself to solve most of the puzzles: use the protagonist’s momentum to move platforms, flip the occasional lever, and sometimes you might have to sacrifice an NPC or two to cross a particularly spiky pit.
- Story and Personality: Featuring lots of impish humor, Grade A sarcasm, and comic mischief, all balanced perfectly with the dark, heavy themes presented in this dystopian world.
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About Ministry of Broadcast Studios:
MoB, the team behind Ministry of Broadcast, considers themselves masters of dark depravity and debonair humor. Located in the Czech Republic, this tight-knit group collaborates on narrative, level design, and game mechanics. Individually, Sanja and Dušan Čežek spearhead the art design, while Petr Škorňok and Petr Melicherík handle development.
Hitcents is an award-winning video game studio and indie publishing label headquartered in the southeastern US, far from any popular hubs of the game industry. And yes, we worked on that snazzy typewriter app for Tom Hanks. But now, we offer a unique and powerful mix of creative games on all major console, PC, and mobile platforms. Maybe you’ve never heard of us, and that’s okay; you enjoy high-quality video games, engaging narrative-driven content, and polished gameplay, all of which we deliver across our portfolio of titles. No schmoozing, no sucking up, no bullshit. Just great games.
Learn more at www.Hitcents.com
PLAYISM, part of Active Gaming Media Inc., focuses on the localization and distribution of video games. PLAYISM provides you – the developer – with the opportunity to transcend borders and release your own original works to Japan, as well as enhance your presence in the worldwide gaming market. Our website is currently the only digital platform in the world to provide such services to independent developers.
Learn more at www.playism.com