A new game by Chinese internet giant NetEase has been criticised for rewarding players on a mission to blitz 15 Japanese cities in a warplane. It also thanks players for “contributing to world peace”. The crude, Chinese-language point-and-shoot game, called The Great Tokyo Air Raid , was produced by Nasdaq-listed NetEase for mobiles and desktop. Its name is derived from a second world war bombing campaign by the US Air Force and the game purports to be based on the raid. Imagine if there was a game called the Nanjing massacre, and the gamer had to bomb Chinese cities on a map of China. What would Chinese think about that? A post on huashengjp.com Play begins with a screen telling users they are piloting one of 334 B-29 bombers commanded by General Curtis LeMay during an offensive on May 25, 1945. NetEase announced the game’s release on May 26. The actual fire-bombing of Tokyo by 334 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses occurred on March 9 and 10, 1945. Players navigate a warplane using just the left and right arrows on a keyboard. They appear to be flying over a rough map of Japan, with 15 cities marked, including Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A click of the mouse releases the bomber’s fiery payload. The full journey takes less than a minute and, regardless of how many targets are missed, the end screen says: “Thank you for contributing to world peace.” Some have questioned the game’s theme, given the lingering distrust between China and Japan. Users of huashengjp.com, a forum for Chinese speakers in Japan, were not amused. One user, dazuimao, writes: “This is a double standard. In the past, there was a game developed by Americans about bombing Tiananmen Square, and Chinese people flew into a rage ... Imagine if there was a game called the Nanjing massacre, and the gamer had to bomb Chinese cities on a map of China. What would Chinese think about that?” Another forum user, Levear, writes: “Although the Nanjing massacre is a historical fact, I still cannot accept this kind of game which uses historical fact as a background. I am very tolerant, but I also have my limits.” Commentators on the Japan-based RocketNews24 website, which reported on the game’s release, were equally unimpressed. One user writes: “Just in case there isn’t enough civic conflict.” NetEase is one of China’s biggest producers of online games, such as Westward Journey and Kung Fu Master , and has the licence for the Chinese versions of global blockbusters World of Warcraft and StarCraft II . The company is increasingly focusing on mobile games, which accounted for 15 per cent of its revenues of US$593.7 million in the last quarter of 2014. NetEase's investor relations office in Beijing had not responded to questions about the online game by press time.