A game about Censorship, Corruption and Newspapers
The Westport Independent is a censorship simulator taking place in a post-war country, governed by the recently elected Loyalist Party. As the editor of one of the last independent newspapers in the country, your job is to remove and edit the content of your paper, affecting the people’s opinion of both the rebels and the Loyalist government. With an increase of rebel activity and an ever watching government breathing down your neck, whose truth will you print?
- Change the content and meaning of your articles by censoring them to your liking. While you can’t lie, you don’t have to tell the whole truth either.
- Employees with fleshed out character, who will not only react to your actions, but also discuss them with other colleagues.
- Receive letters and messages from public figures, rebel leaders, employees and other characters affected by your actions.
- Adaptive stories where your actions affect the opinions of the people, which affects what happens in the city, which in turn affects the stories you receive.
Awards and recognition
- Biggest surprise at The MIX GDC 2015, IGN
- Part of "Three Cool Surprises From PAX 2015", from Kotaku
- Part of "The Very Best Indie Games of GDC 2015", from Gameinformer
- The Best of GDC 2015, 148 apps
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Ratings and Reviews
Thought-provoking to the end, The Westport Independent explores the power of the press by putting you in charge of a fictional newspaper. Amid a tense political climate, a propaganda-pushing government wants you to censor articles as they hit your desk—changing headlines and removing incriminating details. After deciding how to handle each story, you assign it to a transcriber, determine the marketing budget and what makes the front page and then observe the impact of your choices. Before long, you’re weighing your moral duty to report the truth with how it’ll affect sales, employee happiness, even potential lawsuits. We found the whole process absolutely riveting.
After playing papers please, I have been yearning to fill a hole that was Papers Please. I enjoyed the choices that you could take in that game and the effects they would have on the game end and even gameplay whilst all portrayed in a sort of pixelated art style. Westport was able to fill this hole in and with great effect. The game itself can do with a little tweaks but I’m quite happy with everything the game has to offer from the story to the gameplay.
Good work guys!
Great idea, very little depth
I don’t usually leave bad reviews for games but I felt a little robbed with this one. I loved the sound of the game, especially after being such a fan of ‘Papers,Please’ but after 5 minutes of playing I was left hoping that the game would open up into something with more depth than selecting one of two headlines and crossing out bits of info. The game is over very quickly and the narrative is lacking depth. It’s quite boring whatever you choose to do, whether you go against the government, go with them or do a bit of both. The outcomes are essentially the same with slightly different narrative and a different screen at the end saying what happened to your employees. Great idea but ultimately lacking in depth, character and playability.
- Coffee Stain Publishing AB
- 71.4 MB
- Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2016 Coffee Stain Studios
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