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Republic: The Revolution

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Macintosh
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2.9
Windows
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3.5
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Description

In Republic: The Revolution, you must rise to power in a former Soviet state using political and coercive means.

The game opens showing you the current dictator of the country of Novistrana, and what horrible acts he commits against the populace, including giving an order to abduct your entire family. You are then presented with ten multiple choice questions. Answer carefully! Your answers will determine who your character is and how he acts.

At the outset, you are a nobody. Your first job is to hire some henchmen you can order around. Once you hire some people, you can instruct them to perform various acts to help gain support. Some of these acts include bribing officials (bribe the police chief so he'll look the other way), intimidate people, commit assault, arson, and even murder (only when you have to). There are also peaceful ways of gaining support, such as attending charity gala's or donating money to a worthy cause.

You can hire someone to go around plasting posters, gaining political support, or you can hire a person to go door-to-door advertising you and what you stand for. You can hire a boxer to fight for you, tell him how aggressive you want him to be, and if he wins, more support for you. If not, well, there's always blackmail.

The main campaign has you trying to overthrow the current president so that you may take control of the country. You'll have to go through three different cities to reach your ultimate goal, each one harder and larger than the one before it.

Most of the game takes place in an open-ended 3D environment, where you can walk (or drive) around. Everybody in the game, from the man in the store to the old lady in the walker, has a name and political alignment, and it's your job to make sure they see things your way. When push comes to shove, and the current president tries to get rid of you, you can initiate a peaceful protest and stand in front of tanks, blocking their path. Whether they stop or not is dependent on how the military likes you.

There are multiple ways to finish the game, guaranteeing a couple of replays. You can go through the game completely neutral, or you can go all out, committing terrorist acts and inciting national riots.

Victory means the presidency. You don't want to know what happens if you lose....

Screenshots

Republic: The Revolution Windows The game loads everything at the beginning, so no in-game loading is needed.
Republic: The Revolution Windows This is a more wealthy neighborhood.  You'll need different tactics to win over these people.
Republic: The Revolution Windows After enough success, you can upgrade your characters, increasing stats and abilities.
Republic: The Revolution Windows My first headhunting attempt.  Hopefully he'll see my views.

Alternate Titles

  • "共和国:革命" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Republika: Rewolucja" -- polish title
  • "Gongheguo: Geming" -- Chinese Title

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User Reviews

Ambitious Windows Cyberzed (43)

The Press Says

Gamesmania Windows Sep 18, 2003 77 out of 100 77
PC Zone Benelux Windows Nov, 2003 75 out of 100 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Jul 18, 2006 15 out of 20 75
ActionTrip Windows Sep 02, 2003 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Sep 10, 2003 71 out of 100 71
GameSpy Windows Sep 12, 2003 68 out of 100 68
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2003 63 out of 100 63
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 2003 50 out of 100 50
Joystick (French) Windows Sep, 2003 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Development

Republic: The Revolution was to be released in 1998, but due to several delays and publisher changes, it took five years before the final product came out.

References

One of the artists became a cult figure on the team, so his face was used in some of the textures. Check out some of the gravestones and find the Gay Hussar pub sign. He's the guy wearing a Russian Bearskin hat.

Soundtrack

The game shipped before all the music had been arranged, so there was an extra 30 minutes of soundtrack still to be added. The complete soundtrack was released as an audio CD some time later.

Technology

The 3D engine used in this game is called the Totality Engine, developed by Elixir Studios. It is capable of rendering very complex worlds with limited resources. More about the engine can be read in the related links section.

Awards

  • Golden Joystick Awards
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2004 - #5 Biggest Disappointment
Information also contributed by piltdown man, Sciere and simox6.

Related Web Sites

  • Official Webpage (Mac) (The official product page for the Mac version of The Revolution on the publisher's website, which features an overview not only of the game, but the engine, interface, and simulation elements, as well. The site also provides a series of desktop wallpapers, a trailer, and ordering information, among other such things.)
  • Republic: The Revolution (Official website)
  • The Totality Engine (An article, in two parts, about the 3d engine used in Republic: The Revolution)
  • You Say You Want a Revolution? Play for Power (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Republic: The Revolution, with commentary being provided by Creator Demis Hassabis (February, 2004).)
Contributed to by Kabushi (121658) and JPaterson (9147)