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?
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The Westport Independent is a newspaper simulator in which you go over various articles editing their headlines, censoring parts, passing them onto employees for the final writeup, and determining how many to distribute to each district. Each employee has a loyalty rating towards the Loyalist party, and it affects which articles you can get them to write without forcing them. Every article has statements that can change public leanings to either the rebels or the Loyalist party, and you only have 12 weeks to sway the opinion.
The game is entirely mouse controlled, as you use it to open up your mail, check your folder for new articles, pass them on to employees or discard them. When you have your newspaper articles set up with each employee, you move on to layout, where you determine which articles get focus, and then distribute them to each of the four districts. Each week, you will get a rating based on your articles and distribution. Loyalty, Suspicion, and Popularity. The goal is to bring opinion completely to one side while keeping your newspaper open.
The game has a late 40’s look to it, with a sepia tone filter over everything. It’s aesthetically pleasing, and everything is discernible from the start. Nothing looks out of place, and it helps for a quick playthrough.
Overall, I’d give The Westport Independent a buttered toast rating. It’s short, fun, and intuitive. I’m sure there are plenty of games similar, but I highly recommend giving this one a shot.
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