Glassfire Games publishes 'Where's Najib?'
By Digital News Asia September 13, 2018
- Currently available on Apple’s App Store; will be on the Google Play Store in 4Q18
- Free mobile game features the foibles of the scandal-hit ex-prime minister of Malaysia
SINGAPORE-based indie mobile game studio Glassfire Games has released a satirical mobile game called Where’s Najib?, currently available on Apple’s App Store, and available on the Google Play Store in 4Q18.
The free mobile game features the foibles of the scandal-hit ex-prime minister of Malaysia, and uses the lens of satire to view the allegations surrounding Najib Razak.
In Where’s Najib?, players have ten seconds to score 100 points in a whack-a-mole style minigame featuring an escaping Najib.
If the player scores enough points in time, they unlock an answer to the question ‘Where Is Najib?’. Where’s Najib? features 101 answers for players to unlock, including tongue-in-cheek locations such as:
“You found Najib! He’s telling a pineapple tart how he really feels about being probed.”
“You found Najib! He’s hiding the paper trail … by throwing away all his paperclips.”
“You found Najib! He’s googling ‘how to delete your computer’.”
When asked why they made a game based on a Malaysian scenario, Samantha De Silva of Glassfire Games, said, “We may be a Singaporean company, but we feel for Malaysians who have had to pay the price for the greed of those in high places. I think the events surrounding Najib and the 1MDB scandal are extraordinary, and of course, beyond awful.
“I wanted to make this game not just for entertainment, but also to highlight, through satire, how horrifying it is that these events happened in the first place. And as a reminder that we cannot fear monsters while we are laughing at them.”
Keeping their focus closer to home for the time being, Glassfire Games has started work on their next game, Legend of the White Horse. In this story-based simulation game, players step into the shoes of a young politician, Boh Huat, as he climbs the ranks of the National Anyhowly Party (NAP) in a country that’s uncannily similar to Singapore.
Download on the Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/gg_whereisnajib
Glassfire Games is an indie mobile game studio based in Singapore that creates games centred on narrative; from the all-too-real narratives around us to story-based games which meld one’s physical reality with imagined worlds.