June 30, 2016 5:00 AM | Joel Couture
Developer Angela He, in doing studies on refugees for a game, found many horrific stories of North Korea's struggles under Kim Jong Un's leadership. Even so, he seems to be the butt of jokes - his cruelty somehow something funny - and she set out to cast a more sobering eye on life under his rule in Suppressed, a game of a child trying to escape a totalitarian regime.
A happy boy finds himself in a dark place after his family gets exiled, leaving him alone and depressed. After a while spent struggling on his own, the boy decides to escape his fate, trying to find a way to leave the regime that controls his country. Along the way, he can choose to help other people, learning their own bleak stories and of the full extent of what this rule has done to his fellow people. Through platforming and story, the developer hopes to inspire a little more empathy, and less crass humor, about the people living this kind of life.