MegaUpload Inspires Indie GameBy: Zach Walton - January 31, 2012
The strange case of MegaUpload has captured the nation, or at least the Internet. While we wait for the inevitable movie adaptation of the events, an intrepid developer has made a game based on the events.
The game in question is called, “MegaUP: Upload if you can!” and was released January 25 on the Xbox Live Indie Games service. It comes from developer Bionic-Thumbs.
For those wondering how somebody can take the closure of MegaUpload and turn it into a game, let the game’s description fill you in:
In 2012 four men owners of a known uploader web were sent to prison by the government of freedom for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from prison.Today, still wanted by the government of freedom, they survive as uploaders of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire them.
In what may be the greatest set-up for a game ever, you would expect an equally amazing game experience. Unfortunately, the game reeks of a one-week development cycle. It’s an obvious cash-in on recent events.
That being said, I’m sure there is still some fun to be had in MegaUP if you can forgive its simplistic game design and use of the “run forward and jump over things” game mechanic popularized by Canabalt.
The game is an oddity that should be appreciated more for being topical and poking fun at current events instead of a serious take on the matter. If you want to try out MegaUP, it’s available now on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace for 80 Microsoft Points ($1).