Ultimate Games seem to be trying to corner the market in bizarre, controversial ‘Simulator’ games. Despite the Polish indie making their name with a straightforward and highly regarded sim game – Ultimate Fishing Simulator – they’ve released other sims, some more straight faced than others, but perhaps the most oddball (not to mention the most deliberately controversial) sim they’ve been responsible for is the recently released Wanking Simulator, which I reviewed here.
So perhaps it’s not so strange to see them straying into potentially controversial and very strange territory once again, with Pope Simulator. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something like this comes along to remind you that the well of crazy game ideas is far from dry.
Thankfully, there does seem to be some substance to Pope Simulator beyond the initial WTF-ness of its title. Unlike Wanking Simulator, Pope Simulator is attempting to take a more serious approach with its subject matter. Though a release date and details of formats it’ll be released on have yet to be revealed, the game’s press release indicates that players will be involved in huge activities that could shape the destiny of the entire planet. Undertaking evangelistic activities, leading pilgrimages and even fighting for world peace are just some of the rather lofty tasks you’ll be able to become involved in.
Actual gameplay details are thin on the ground, however, given that the game is so early in production. As a concept, it’s definitely an intriguing one and the potential controversy it’ll attract will be certain to give it some publicity. I’m keen to see what shape the game takes as it moves further along in production; here’s hoping that it lives up to its promise, unlike its masturbation-focused stablemate.
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