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Civic Incivility 2012: Kick and punch your presidential candidate's way to the White House

June 26, 2012

Does anyone remember those older fighting games where characters travel all over the globe to fight each other against a backdrop of carefully rendered scenery? While keeping that image in your mind, imagine two of the most iconic U.S. election candidates battling it out, fighting game style, across the United States of America. That’s Civic Incivility 2012, developed by Dawkins Creations, a fighting game for Android devices that is sure to tickle the funny bone of anyone tuned into the election news.

When you launch the game, you’re treated to the old-school-style starting page. Tap Start to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Your first fight will take place in Orlando, Florida and, in the spirit of old school fighting games, a deep gravelly voice will declare, “Debate!”

Players will be very amused to see the heads of Obama and Romney on 2D bodies, ready to jump into the fight. The fighting controls are quite intuitive, and your basic goal is to land as many hits on your opponent as possible.

Maneuver your character by sliding him anywhere across the screen and tap on your opponent to punch or kick him. Block against your opponent’s blows and jump over him to avoid getting hit.

If you’re getting in blow after blow, your character’s head will turn towards the screen and start reciting some of their most iconic campaign lines. If you aren’t attacking him enough or he’s on the opposite side of the screen, your opponent may start spouting some of his own campaign lines.

Keep landing punches to whittle down your opponent’s health bar, as well as interrupt his monologue, and gain points in the lower left portion of the screen for every punch and kick you land.

You also charge your special combo gauge, located in the lower right corner of the screen. When that gauge is all lit up, unleash your special attack on your opponent. Special attacks can range from an airstrike to a flock of birds, accompanied by your character of choice’s memorable lines.

Once you’ve won the round, get on a plane for the next stop: Columbus, Ohio. With each location change, the background also changes accordingly. Not only that, your combo gauge starts giving you more special attacks to hit your opponent with. The first level may have been a breeze but the farther you progress through the game, the harder it gets. Next thing I knew, the AI had won two rounds in a row. The increasing difficulty will definitely keep you entertained.

Civic Incivility 2012 lets you record your score, together with your name and country on the Worldwide Leaderboard. Aim to beat the highest score of, at the time of this writing, God, location: Heaven.

The game is rather straightforward, taking your from swing state to swing state for the 2012 race to the White House. I found the UI rather simple but it doesn’t affect the enjoyability of the game. The app was responsive to my tapping, allowing me to steadily whittle my opponent’s health bar down to zero.

If you’ve been keeping an older Android phone, you don’t need to feel left out. Civic Incivility 2012 only requires Android 1.6 and up to run, so almost anyone can enjoy fighting as either of the presidential candidates.

Civic Incivility 2012 is a wonderful way of spreading the word that voting is a civic responsibility. Get it for free from the Google Play Store today.