The Westport Independent

4.4
915 reviews
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Everyone
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About this game

A game about Censorship, Corruption and Newspapers

The Westport Independent is a censorship simulator taking place in a post-war country, governed by the recently elected Loyalist Party. As the editor of one of the last independent newspapers in the country, your job is to remove and edit the content of your paper, affecting the people’s opinion of both the rebels and the Loyalist government. With an increase of rebel activity and an ever watching government breathing down your neck, whose truth will you print?

Features
- Change the content and meaning of your articles by censoring them to your liking. While you can’t lie, you don’t have to tell the whole truth either.
- Employees with fleshed out character, who will not only react to your actions, but also discuss them with other colleagues.
- Receive letters and messages from public figures, rebel leaders, employees and other characters affected by your actions.
- Adaptive stories where your actions affect the opinions of the people, which affects what happens in the city, which in turn affects the stories you receive.

Awards and recognition
- Biggest surprise at The MIX GDC 2015, IGN
- Part of "Three Cool Surprises From PAX 2015", from Kotaku
- Part of "The Very Best Indie Games of GDC 2015", from Gameinformer
- The Best of GDC 2015, 148 apps
Updated on
Feb 26, 2016

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4.4
915 reviews
T.A.L
May 28, 2021
I played this once before but never finished it. I played through it today. Great story about the government controlling what they want and doing what they want. Graphics 9/10 the writing at first when you get into the game is a little hard to read but after a couple minutes of playing eyes adjust. Graphics itself are fine reminds me of ' Papers please ' or some other 2d indie game. I read from another review that there are different endings haven't played it a 2nd time around yet. Amazing game
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omEon
June 30, 2019
I really enjoy the soundtrack you chose, and the pixelated everything. Along with the Authoritarian government, this game reminds me a lot of Papers Please, one of my favorite games. I hope to see more games from you in the future. [Oh, you made Goat Sim] (PS I think it could be a cool idea if you started an extended mode, where you can play for a few more weeks after the bill passed, to see the effects of your actions, rather than the typewriter ending, even though that was pretty cool as well)
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38 Rulez
April 13, 2021
This was amazing. The pixellated graphics are smooth and beautiful, and the stories are fantastic. I love that it isnt too easy, it actually makes you choose what to edit out or what to publish. The gake causes you to understand that no matter what side you choose, there are consequences. Brilliant.
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What's new

* Remembers if the user was previously logged in or not. Does not prompt for login if the user was not logged in last play session.
* Android back button now goes back in menus and game screens.
* Stability fixes
* Screen resolution fixes
* Added support for x86 architecture