Gubernatorial candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is throwing exploding tomatoes at corrupt politicians in an effort to root out Jakarta’s evils and save the city in a new online game.
“Selamatkan Jakarta” (“Save Jakarta”), which was launched on Saturday, has attracted thousands of players on the desktop and Facebook versions of the game.
The 30 level game features a cartoon Jokowi in his iconic checkered shirt hurling tomato bombs. The object is to target the “enemies” of Jakarta such as corrupt entrepreneurs, while avoiding good citizens.
As players advance, there are more targets, and more warga yang baik (good citizens) to avoid. Several photos appear in the transition between levels, such as the slogan “new Jakarta without violence.”
“There are now 11,300 people playing the desktop version and 596 who play via facebook,” Irvan Fauzi, the programmer of digital art studio Metric Design, said on Monday, adding that the game is still being developed and currently in it’s Beta version.