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Not A Hero

posted May 15, 2017, 3:53 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated May 15, 2017, 3:53 AM ]
Not A Hero is a 2D sidescroller shoot 'em up game released in 2015, in which BunnyLord, a purple rabbit who thinks he's Frank Underwood, tries to become the Mayor of England (not a typo). His strategy for winning the electoral race relies on a roster of gun toting maniacs whom he hires to create `a violent today for a better tomorrow' (literal quote). It is up to the player to unload a limitless supply of bullets into BunnyLord's enemies and the, according to BunnyLord, `corrupt' cops who try to stop the would-be mayor.

The game is as much fun as its premise is ludicrous. The pixel art graphics make the game feel like a throwback to the old days, and the explicit cartoon violence makes it that much funnier. Playing it feels like walking the streets of Con City. The nonsensical schemes of BunnyLord would certainly fit right in with the daily insanity of life in Con City, and the range of problem solvers whom he hires (i.e. the playable characters) would feel right at home next to the likes of Mister Jake and Sergeant Westwood. The game even has a chainsmoker hitman in it (albeit he is not retired and does not live in a campervan).

And then there's Aunt Ruby, the old lady who runs the cafe where BunnyLord holds his post-mission briefings with his problem solvers. She joins you on one of the missions; she may make you think she needs to be protected, but you'll likely be surprised. She, too, fits into the game's madness, the same way as a schizophrenic cyborg fits into a Con City novel.

The game is available on e.g. gog.com if you want to give life in politics a go.