Throw political correctness out the window—or in this case, over the side of the truck—with the new “Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration” game developed by Boston based Owlchemy Labs. The aim of the game is to smuggle as many illegal immigrants across what looks to be the US-Mexican border. As the truck drives over rough terrain including cliffs, mountains, and even dead animals, the immigrants start falling off the truck bed.
Developer Alex Schwartz explained that the company chose to develop a game around this sensitive issue partly out of the frustration their friends faced while trying to emigrate to the U.S. “We felt like this issue was kind of a bit taboo for games and popular media,” said Schwartz. “So we wanted to build something about this struggle that we could put into our work and our passion, which is making games.”
The developers say the game is not meant to offend immigrants or their advocates, but instead their message is actually that legally emigrating to the U.S. is so hard that it is almost easier to smuggle yourself over the border despite the dangers. The game has not yet been approved by Apple but the developers seem confident considering other controversial games approved in the past.
[Via Cult of Mac]