Kim Jong-un rides a unicorn and 'defeats waves of imperialists' in his very own video game
'Glorious Leader!', a tongue-in-cheek game starring the North Korean ruler, is scheduled for release later this year
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will soon enter the interactive realm as the star of his very own tongue-in-cheek video game.
The game, dubbed Glorious Leader!, is an independent production created by Moneyhorse Games, a small American studio dedicated to serving players with a fondness for retro-style pixels reminiscent of early Nintendo games.
The game is scheduled for release at the end of 2014 on PCs and mobile devices.
Watch: Trailer for Glorious Leader!
A teaser trailer for the game was released this week, showing the Korean leader dashing through a variety of war-torn environments, blasting American tanks with weaponry and even teaming up with Dennis Rodman, the former NBA superstar who once sang "Happy Birthday" to Kim at a North Korean exhibition basketball game.
"The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea commands you to know that the capitalistic pigs at Moneyhorse...are developing Glorious Leader!, an epic tale about the triumph of Kim Jong Un over the entire American army," a cheeky press release for the game reads. "Battle through seven unique levels as you defeat waves of imperialists, combat over-the-top bosses, and ride unicorns!"
According to the Moneyhorse Games Twitter, unicorns will not be the only form of fantastical transport in the game.
— moneyhorse (@playmoneyhorse) May 10, 2014
In an interview with The Guardian, Moneyhorse Games founder Jeff Miller said that the game was inspired by a fascination with North Korea, and that the game's creators had chosen to present it in a bombastic style in order to "carefully walk the line of satire without being an apologist for the regime".
"Regarding the subject matter, I want to have fun with this, but also shine light on the truth of the situation," Miller wrote on TIGForums, a video game development message board. "To me, the whole North Korea thing is like a car wreck. I can't look away but I don't know exactly how I can help. I'm hoping to really find my voice on it by making this game."
So far, reaction to the game has been largely positive, with most recognising its parodical nature.
"This may be the greatest idea for a game in all of history," one user on the TIGForums wrote. "Is it better to deal with awful things by making fun of them, or by treating them with total respect? I don't think either is necessarily better, but I'd suggest there's certainly a place for both. I think there's a lot out there about the real North Korea, and I don't think a pretty ridiculous parody is necessarily a bad thing."
Others were far more vocal in their praise.
@playmoneyhorse OH MY GOD!!!!!!! I'M KOREAN!!! AND I LOVED YOUR GAME!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! 짱짱
— MiRiKan (@The_MiRiKan) May 12, 2014