What if your decisions directly impact the fate of humanity? This is the starting point of the strategy game, Doomsday Room, signed Doubleton Game Studio, which was released last January. This political simulation has just been the subject of a French version, a real plus for this title which was previously only available in English.
Doomsday Room starts in 1947 in an alternative world. Ravaged by the last war, the planet then counts seven very different nations. It goes from Transatlanta, a country whose very marked military presence commands respect, to Colonia, a near-bankrupt state crumbling under problems: corruption, social inequalities, and drug cartels. Other powers also know how to resort to back door means to advance their own agenda, such as Norland, whose power was built in a climate of espionage and political assassinations.
Difficult moral choices and real replayability
In short, the world of Doomsday Room is anything but peaceful and the mission which falls to the player is however well to bring back the harmony between the nations. Here we are bombarded representative of Borelia in a Council that brings together the seven superpowers, a bit like a kind of revisited UN.
Over the four years spent in this position, and at the rate of one turn per month, you will be asked to achieve certain objectives. The first of these is of course to avoid a clash between countries which could well lead to nuclear war. We also appreciate the possibility of being able to embark on the conquest of space. So many issues that were at the heart of the Cold War.
To achieve this, several paths are available to you. It is of course possible to act while respecting a certain ethics by signing international agreements or by helping some poorer nations to get by. But it is also conceivable to show icy realism by weakening rivals, planning coups, or pushing your opponents towards war.
What is also the strength of Doomsday Roomis that it has a fairly good replayability. The events encountered are random and some strategies that are useful in some games can prove harmful in others. Another positive element: the presence of a booklet that allows you to remember the different nations and characters of the game.
Of course, not everything is perfect in this title and many details still need to be worked out. However, we appreciate the responsiveness of the developers who remain attentive to their community to make the game evolve in the right direction.
Note that some political simulations recently released on PC are also worth a look. For example, we can only advise you too much Suzerain, a game that puts you at the helm of a fictional country, Sordland, and lets you navigate the twists and turns of an exciting nation.
Find Doomsday Room on Steam.