Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #4771
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Liberty Crime Squad    View all Top Dogs in this genre
RPG   Roguelike

Rating: 7.01 (93 votes)

Liberty Crime Squad box cover

Liberty Crime Squad screenshot
Liberty Crime Squad is a fun little tongue-in-cheek "lite" Roguelike RPG inspired by Oubliette from 1983. You may not like the game very much if your political orientation is anything like conservative, though. The game's premise explains why: "Welcome to Liberal Crime Squad! The Conservatives have taken the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government. Over time, the Liberal laws of this nation will erode and turn the country into a BACKWOODS-YET-CORPORATE NIGHTMARE. To prevent this from happening, the Liberal Crime Squad was established. The mood of the country is shifting, and we need to turn things around. Go out on the streets and indoctrinate Conservative automatons. That is, let them see their True Liberal Nature. Then arm them and send them forth to Stop Evil. Eventually the public will fall behind us, and we will put more Elite Liberals in government."

Umm, okay, I'm sure a lot of you are thinking ;) Given this wacky and far-fetched scenario, Bay Twelve Games deserves kudos for designing gameplay mechanics that actually put this premise in practice. You are placed in control of the "Liberty Crime Squad" and the first thing you need to do is create/recruit agents. The agent creation process is fun: you answer a number of multiple-choice questions that are similar to Ultima VI – except of course for their modern content – to determine your agents' RPG-like statistics such as health, intelligence, strength, wisdom, as well as skills in areas such as computers and assault rifles. After your squad is filled up, you then get to send your agents off to -err- wreak havoc on the conservatives' strongholds, bringing back pieces of evidence that expose the conservatives' evil agenda from those locations and publishing them to change the public's opinion in your favor. Crimes that you commit at a site will help the media build up a sensational image around you, and this will help bolster public opinion. However, if you alienate a site, the spin on the story will be negative, and opinion will shift against you. You must check public opinion once you get back to see how the battle changes it. You win the game once all of the laws turn "Elite Liberal", which requires both Houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, as well as the Executive Branch to turn Elite Liberal.

There are many nice touches in the game that make it more fun, and make good use of the unique subject matter. For example, attacking a Conservative in the presence of a Moderate will alienate the masses. You can arm your squad with many kinds of weapons, kidnap hostages, and even convince people to join your agenda with lengthy expositions. Although it is a "pure text" game (i.e. ASCII graphics), the interface is well-designed and intuitive – anyone who has played Oubliette in particular will feel right at home. Overall, despite a wacky premise and somewhat random design that makes it feel more like a strategy game at times than an RPG, Liberty Crime Squad is a fun and unique game that will entertain both Roguelike fans and liberals alike ;) Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Tarn Adams
Developer: Bay Twelve Games
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2004
Software Copyright: Bay Twelve Games
Theme: Modern, Political
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: Oubliette, Chaos Overlords, Mission: Mainframe

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.