I'm not really political. I read the news when I can but really, the impression I get is that all politicians are equally bad. What I do like is when politicians make an ass of themselves, like British Prime Minister Gordon Brown did earlier this week. I also like satirical, up to the minute, Flash games.
Enter Downing Street Fighter, created by T-Enterprise. It's a combination of Street Fighter's one-on-one combat and multiple fight locations with Final Fight-style bonus rounds and stars British political candidates Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg. Players choose their fighter -- complete with mini bio -- and must battle their way through the other candidates to face the Blare-Witch, a crazy two headed Tony Blare/ Margaret Thatcher demon before they can claim 10 Downing Street.
As far as the game goes, you simply bash away at A and S, hitting them together for a special. In between fights the player reaches a bonus round where they must destroy a car. It would have been nice to have them make you destroy a fellow politician's garden that had been paid for by the tax payer or something that was relevant to the election, but I realise it's just a Flash game.
What really makes the game demand your attention, at least for a while (and differentiate it from an existing Flash game also called Downing Street Fighter), is the inclusion of a bonus fight between Gillian Duffy and Gordon Brown. Duffy is now famous for being the focus of Brown's recorded microphone gaffe where he called her a "bigoted woman" after she asked some probing questions about immigrants in Britain (it's another example of the internet communities ability to quickly act on controversy and things that are in the public eye).
Interestingly, T-Enterprise is using the game to promote general awareness of the upcoming elections. The characters are all equally balanced while the bonus round sees you playing as Duffy and not Brown so there is no political favoritism. T-Enterprise state in their press release that "this election is one of the most important in recent history so we decided to do our bit to raise awareness".
In any case, it's a fun little game to check out if you need something to pass the time and an interesting commentary on the British political landscape. If people think Flash games will help promote the upcoming election then things must be in pretty dire straits.