iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

February 1, 2010 -

Try your hand at being the Federal Reserve Chairman in a new iPhone/iPod Touch game featuring Pac-Man-style game play.

Developed by Marroni Electronic Entertainment and NightIrion, iBailout! decrees that “it’s time for you to get yours,” and has players racing around the screen in a bid to gobble up as many stacks of dirty, dirty bailout cash as possible. Instead of being chased by ghosts however, players will have to outmaneuver angry mobs of torch and pitchfork-bearing United States citizens.

Running over machine guns will also give players the ability to declare martial law and will render taxpayers harmless and able to be gobbled up. Scores are also tabulated in the trillions, because that’s how the Fed rolls.

Available for $1.99 in the iTunes store, iBailout! was also chosen as an entrant in the 2010 Independent Games Festival Mobile Competition.


Comments

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

iBailout!! CNN Coverage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3KIB97hg4

iBailout!! Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqhB77AZHGQ

iBailout!! Wall Street Journal

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/01/25/appwatch-ibailout/

 

Hey, guys. 

I'm the designer and producer of iBailout!!.  You can check out the trailer and some CNN and Wall Street Journal coverage that we recently had above.

Let me assure you that iBailout!! is most definitely a completely sincere and most serious political statement and not any kind of gross oversimplification of pressing issues; not only that, but it's just as fun to play and as great a game as it is political; I (and most definitely the team) care almost exactly as much about making a great game as I do my politics. 

You can check the links to reviews to check out some others' objective opinions of the game and on the App Store--ok, all the early reviews are friends and family, but I didn't tell them what to write or how to rate it (Lord Gek, of Touch Arcade forum is a complete stranger, though, for real).  Honest.

A bit further, iBailout!! is most definitely and obviously inspired of Pac-Man (which gender of which iteration of the classic arcade franchise will be obvious after a bit of playthrough), but, really, iBailout!! is its own game, with honestly innovative twists on classic arcade gameplay and is respectful and meaningful homage of past greats.

That's what I have to say and I appreciate you all reading this article and sincerely hope you'll check iBailout!! out and give it a fair shot.

Thanks a lot.

 

-Nick Marroni

Owner, Designer & Producer

Marroni Electronic Entertainment (MEE)

 

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-application-reviews/re...

http://gamersyndrome.com/2010/iphone/ibailout-review/

http://www.girlgamersuk.com/2010/01/ibailout/

 

P.S.

 

Just follow the tip below and it'll be smooth sailing and precision iBailout!!'n, as far as the Fed can gobble (stacks and stacks of that aforementioned dirty, dirty bailout cash).

iBailout!! SWIPE CONTROLS TIP #W-4:

Our swipe controls are sweet: You can swipe anywhere on the screen to move the Fed, not just on the road or the Fed’s current direction (iBailout!!'s about $1,000,000,000,000.00x easier when using your index finger too).  Also, you can swipe ahead of time (one swipe'll do it) and it’ll store that move until exactly the right time to execute it, so you’re able to input very quick maneuvers and navigate multiple abrupt corners with ease.  Cool, huh?

 

 

http://marronigames.com http://facebook.com/marronigames http://twitter.com/marronigames

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

We don't take kindly to you're kind around here unless it's a Bush, Palin, or Republican flash game. So says the flock!

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

Hey,

Your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

You sound like you'd appreciate iBailout!! and I hope you'll check it out and share the good iBailout!!'n word here and in the forums and on the App Store, but I do have faith in your peers here at GamePolitics and I'm sure, once they check it out, they'll get down with iBailout!! too.

Thanks.

 

http://marronigames.com http://facebook.com/marronigames http://twitter.com/marronigames

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

I am getting rather tired of these 'lets simplify and make fun of complex issues by turning them into clones of simple retro games' games.

I think I would much rather see some simulation games that help explore why things are being done...

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

Unless it's about Republicans, Bush and Palin but when it comes to Obama and friends, Obama is a sacred cow that you are not supposed to criticize.

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

While exploring complex issues in the form of a game sounds like a cool idea, I seriously doubt it would be fun, and there's no way that would sell. Take some classes or start a discussion for serious matters. If you want to use a simple game as an ice-breaker to a larger issue, great.

Even if a game seriously tried to tackle a complex issue, all the player would get is a one-sided image of what the game author's views are. The game could be a clever way to make a statement, but people aren't going to pay for it unless it's fun.

Make fun of the government in a simple-to-play game = $

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

I don't know about that.  Going all the way back to primaive resource management games like Lemonade Stand (Apple II era), there has always been a market for games that use real models to simulate stripped down versions of complex things and the player has fun balancing them.

For example, the whole 'SimXYZ' series of games, and CivABC.

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

Re: iBailout! Pits Players as Fed Chief

Findlaw actually had a good piece that I think would make some good game fodder:

 

If We Must Obsess About Budget Deficits, Can We At Least Measure Them Correctly?

 

Gives a good breakdown of the effects of deficits and touches on bailouts.  It also illustrates just how unconcervative modern economic concervatives are.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Goth_SkunkAnd just to be clear, that remark is firmly tongue-in-cheek, while also echoing statements made by those critical of GamerGate.06/30/2015 - 4:43pm
Goth_SkunkA fair point Andrew, and you are a very reasonable feminist. Though I would suggest that if you don't wish to be associated with the toxic elements present in feminism, I recommend disassociating yourself from them. Maybe call yourself something else? :^)06/30/2015 - 4:42pm
Andrew EisenGoth - By the by, you know how GamerGate doesn't like being painted with a broad brush? Well, I hate to speak for anyone but myself but I'm pretty confident in saying we feminists don't care for it much either.06/30/2015 - 4:10pm
Andrew EisenWell of course. Being a feminist doesn't mean rape can never be depicted in fiction.06/30/2015 - 4:03pm
InfophileIn fiction, it depends on the context. It's very easy to get "wrong," but there are cases where feminists have approved of how it's been shown (eg. the scene with Honor Harrington in the new compilation comic)06/30/2015 - 4:02pm
Andrew EisenThat would be an interesting alternate film though. Ray became a Ghostbuster to get rid of the spooks that had been sexually assaulting him.06/30/2015 - 4:00pm
Andrew EisenHe's not powerless against ghosts. That's very firmly established by that point in the movie.06/30/2015 - 3:57pm
Andrew EisenSo, if in the new movie, McCarthy or one of the other Ghostbusters has a dream where a pretty ghost goes down on her, I don't predict outrage (other than from those silly random no-name numbnuts on Twitter).06/30/2015 - 3:56pm
Goth_SkunkDream or not, it's still a scene that depicts a victim powerless to stop his attacker from engaging in an act of sex upon him. Even if he enjoys himself, it's technically rape. Hypothetically, he could feel traumatized afterwards.06/30/2015 - 3:55pm
Andrew EisenWell, he could always, you know, grab a proton pack and bust that rapey ghost! But again, it's still pretty clearly a dream.06/30/2015 - 3:53pm
ZippyDSMleeSo what dose GG stand for if its not been taken over my bigots??06/30/2015 - 3:52pm
Goth_SkunkI am assuming he's powerless to stop it, yes. I have no reason to believe a ghost would find itself in any way obligated to obey laws of corporeal beings. And it's not just about consent, but also about the means to stop the person engaging the sex.06/30/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenRape in real life? Absolutely (though "tizzy" isn't the right word). In fiction? Depends on how it's used.06/30/2015 - 3:50pm
Infophile"...it's rape. And that tends to send feminists into a tizzy." You say that as if rape isn't something to get into a tizzy about.06/30/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenBesides, it's pretty clearly a dream. Ray and the ghost are in some unknown bedroom. Then it cuts to Ray and the other guys in the firehouse beds with Ray rolling over in his sleep and falling off the bed. Looks like Egon is having a weird dream too.06/30/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenYou're assuming he's powerless to stop it. Maybe saying "no" or something would have stopped the ghost. Anyway, so, in your opinion, sex (oral or otherwise) is rape unless there's explicit consent?06/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Goth_SkunkBut, to be completely fair, that fact never dawned on me until 15 minutes ago.06/30/2015 - 3:43pm
Goth_SkunkAbsolutely. He doesn't consent, and is powerless to stop it because his attacker isn't corporeal. The fact that he's enjoying himself does not change the fact that it's technically rape.06/30/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenAlways came off as a dream to me.06/30/2015 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenThat scene really reads to you like Stantz was being raped?06/30/2015 - 3:39pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician