As GamePolitics mentioned earlier this week, the politically-tinged indy game Clover was released as an XBL Community title.
While the game is essentially an allegory about the twisted path that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, Fidgit’s Tom Chick finds Clover wanting in the fun department:
Entertainment has a long and storied history of commenting on politics. Unfortunately, Clover seems to lost sight of the entertainment part of the equation. Or maybe I’m to blame for not having the patience to play through a crudely drawn and even more crudely built adventure game based on inventory management.
I can eventually get past the look of the game, which might be described as South Park run through a Braid Photoshop filter… The problem with "message" games is that unless the message is delivered with some sort of nuance or power… the gameplay is going to have to take up the slack…