New from Addicting Games is the tongue-in-cheek puzzler Where’s the Naughty Governor?
The super-easy Where’s Waldo? clone challenges player to find visual clues related to the cases of philandering guvs and ex-guvs like South Carolina’s Mark Sanford, New York’s Eliot Spitzer and New Jersey’s Jim McGreevey. Philandering would-be president John Edwards is tossed in for good measure. Sarah Palin made the cut too, but for quitting her post rather than for extra-curricular marital activities.
As an added bonus (and this lackluster game needs all the help it can get), the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article on the creative process behind Where’s the Naughty Governor?:
The quintet [of game designers] quickly work their way through 15 politicians with slippery zippers before settling on five. Sen. Ensign of Nevada is labeled "kinda boring" and tossed out because he promptly admitted his infidelity; mayors Villaraigosa [of Los Angeles] and Newsom [of San Francisco] don’t have big enough national profiles; former Sen. Larry E. Craig of Idaho is set aside because his arrest for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport bathroom by tapping his foot could… deserve its own game.
Those making the cut: Sanford, Spitzer, McGreevey and Edwards [Palin was apparently added later]. Dave Williams, senior VP of Nickelodeon’s games group, even reaches into the past for one more addition.
"Could we end on Bill Clinton? He’s the big boss!" [a designer] says with a laugh, using the video-game term for a final and most difficult opponent.