Colonel Bella: Look. I was always on the side of the insurgents. I have no experience in these matters. But it would seem necessary to win the support of the people. As our opponents used to say in Vietnam: “Win their hearts and minds.”
General Bratchenko: And they lost, Ernesto.
Red Dawn (1984)
As faithful readers of this blog know, in my leisure time from the law mines, when I am not blogging or reading, I tend to play strategy games. A gem of one is available today for the iPad called Rebel Inc. In light easy to play fashion, for $2.79, it teachs how to conduct a counter insurgency campaign. I haven’t had an opportunity to play more than the tutorial yet, but it looks very good. From the ipad sale site:
Can you stop the Insurgency? Rebel Inc. is a unique and deeply engaging political/military strategic simulation from the creator of ‘Plague Inc.’
The war is ‘over’ – but we all know that doesn’t mean anything. To stabilise the country, you need to balance military and civilian priorities to win the hearts and minds of the people, whilst also stopping insurgents from seizing power!
Rebel Inc. is the brand new game from the creator of ‘Plague Inc.’ – one of the most popular paid games ever with over 100 million players. Brilliantly executed with beautiful graphics and critically acclaimed gameplay – Rebel Inc. offers a deeply engaging, strategic challenge inspired by the complexities and consequences of modern counter insurgency.
● Stabilise five richly modelled regions
● Innovative representation of counter insurgency tactics
● Fund realistic initiatives to empower the local government
● Highly detailed, hyper-realistic world based on extensive research
● Intelligent strategic and tactical AI
● Sophisticated narrative algorithms shaped by your decisions
● Six unique governors with radically different abilities
● Comprehensive in-game help and tutorial system
● Full Save/Load functionality
● Internet connectivity not required
An important note:
Although a fictional game, Rebel Inc. looks at important real world issues and we have made every effort to deal with them sensitively. The game has been extensively researched and has been developed in cooperation with leading regional politicians, business people and journalists as well as international charities, experts and governments.
Localised in English. Other languages coming soon.
Special sale price to celebrate the launch of the game!
Go here to look at it. I wish I owned a part of this, since I think they will sell a lot of copies,