Street Fighter-style election game turns politicians into hulking warriors

Street Fighter-style election game turns politicians into hulking warriors
Photo credit: VICE

Alternative news website VICE has released a Street Fighter-inspired election game in a bid to engage young voters.

Battle to the Beehive, made in collaboration with marketing communications company J Walter Thompson and digital agency Heyday, lets players choose the party leader they want to be in order to fight the great policy monsters leading the 2017 general election. 

Co-leader of the Maori Party Marama Fox.
Co-leader of the Maori Party Marama Fox. Photo credit: VICE
Leader of The Opportunities Party Gareth Morgan.
Leader of The Opportunities Party Gareth Morgan. Photo credit: VICE

Jumping, punching, kicking and blocking, players can defeat issues pertaining to housing, the environment, transport, the economy, and education - and gain health points by answering two enrolment or policy-based questions correctly. 

Leader of the MANA Party Hone Harawira.
Leader of the MANA Party Hone Harawira. Photo credit: VICE
Leader of ACT David Seymour.
Leader of ACT David Seymour. Photo credit: VICE

Released days before the election, Battle to the Beehive speaks directly to the 34 percent of 18-24 year olds that are yet to enrol. 

See for yourself at battletothebeehive.co.nz  

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