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The Westport Independent

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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?Features
  • 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
Release date
Coffee Stain Studios
Coffee Stain Publishing
Double Zero One Zero
Coffee Stain Studios
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for macOS

  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 2.0
  • Storage: 100 MB available space

System requirements for PC

  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 2.0
  • Storage: 100 MB available space

System requirements for Linux

  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 2.0
  • Storage: 100 MB available space

System requirements for Android

4.0 and up

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4, iPod Touch Fourth Gen, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen
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Last Modified: Jan 20, 2024

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Freedom of The press and Censorship have occupied people and, above all, those In power for Centuries. Accordingly, The Westport Independent is tackling an issue as old as it is now (just this Week, the NGO "Reporters Without Borders" published the current Report on global Press freedom, for example). The Game sets in in a fictional Dictatorship, twelve Weeks before a new Law abolishing press freedom comes into Force. As Editor-in-chief Of the namesake Newspaper, the Westport Independent, The Player, with his four Editors Phil, Frank, Anne and Julie, is left with just Weeks to influence popular Sympathy to support or overthrow the Regime. Each Week, you select a maximum of four Articles consisting of a Headline and three To four headlines. You can choose between two different Headings and swipe the Headlines at Will, which allows you to miss several Statements from a Message. These influence the Opinion of the City, which is divided into the four Directions, and depending on the Paragraph, the Newspaper can influence the Inhabitants and push their Opinion to either the ruling "Loyalists" or the Rebels. After each Week, one gets a Balance sheet on how strong the current issue was, what political Direction the Tide has taken and how suspiciously the Editorial board is judged by the Regime. As long as one reports sympathetically about the unnamed President and his Entourage there is little potential For conflict, but one too obviously sides on the side of the Rebels one must soon with unfriendly Letters, the Loss of Editors or even the Early Licence Withdrawal. At the End of the twelve Weeks, a Text board informs about how the New Law will enter into force in the four Neighbourhoods, from unconditional Acceptance to bloody Uprisings, everything is conceivable, and what became of our Editors. Otherwise, apart from a short Profile and unset Dialogues, you will learn about them, but unfortunately quite little. The pixelated and not very colorful Graphic Style is reminiscent of the thematically related Paper Please, but fits the Content, is spoken only in the Intro, otherwise the Everyday Editorial routine is backed by restrained Music. The entire Game is only available in English, good English Skills should be available to penetrate all messages. Unfortunately, the Potential in terms of Headings and Variation of the Headlines is somewhat manageable, the Replay value is unfortunately rather low and even with careful Reading, a Game passage should not last more than an Hour. A timeless Classic is not The Westport Independent, yet it quite makes it clear what Power the Press can wield, in positive and negative Terms. Something that definitely can't hurt in today's turbulent Times.
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