Personally, I enjoy matching games that are based on memory. I feel like everyone has played a game similar to this. However, upon reading the directions for this game, my suspicion rose. The fact that the directions were stressing that we are in “unstable times” and that the player must step onto the “battlefield” of our memory shows that there was going to be a twist and not be your average matching game. It ends with saying that, “history may be different from that which you remember.”
The game starts like any other matching game: cards face down. The player must one by one click a card and find it’s match somewhere else on the board. The rules are really simple. As I turned each card over one by one, it would show things like The Ruthless Banker or Natural Climate Change. The strategy behind this is to bring up current societal topics and involve them to send a message. However, upon trying to match each card, I noticed that the cards were changing. For example, I knew for a fact that the Natural Climate Change card was located in the top right hand corner because I had just clicked on that card and exposed it. When I clicked it, it now said, “Man-Made Global Warming.” As a result, it was not a match so I had to pick a different card. This is a metaphor for showing that all of the world’s problems are not so easy to solve and are constantly changing. The game recognizes that I know where that card is at, so it made it more difficult to match. The same thing happened with Afghan Freedom Fighter. When I knew where its partner was, I clicked it, but it had turned into Afghan Terrorist.
The game does a good job showing the change in cards. An underlying message could be that when things seem good, there is not always a match. For example,”natural climate change” may seem like a favorable option, but the fact that it’s paired with Man-Made Global Warming shows that it is not natural. It does the same with many controversial topics such as healthcare, freedom fighting, population, etc.
I think it’s an effective format for a game. People are familiar with this style of game and enjoy being able to match similar cards. However, the game takes you for a twist and forces you to think about what is being said. It’s simple and short, which often times make for the most effective messages.