The popularity of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his campaign has continued to increase even after the Gandhian halted his agitation.
Taking up the anti-corruption issue lead by 74-years-old anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare into a digital world, an Indian game development firm Geek Mentors Studio had recently developed a video game called "Angry Anna" in collaboration with a Los Angeles and Austin-based GameSalad.
"Angry Anna" an embedded HTML5 video game that tackles the subject of government in India has become a viral hit, claims GameSalad.
"'Angry Anna' has become a political phenomenon drawing attention to the issue of political corruption in India," said Mohammad Shah Nawaz, co-founder of Geek Mentors Studios.
According to a report in The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, since its launch one week ago, the game has become a "viral hit," played more than 225,000 times. On the day of release, the game became the fifth largest trending topic on Twitter India, and was shared more than 14,000 times on Facebook.
"Angry Anna" takes after the popular "Angry Birds" game. Instead of birds in the original "Angry Birds," the game includes Indian anti-corruption figures such as Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Kiran Bedi, and instead of pigs it has Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Lok Sabha MP Suresh Kalmadi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The game runs on the HTML 5 browser and smartphones. It can be easily shared; like a You Tube video it can be embedded and played on other Web sites, posted to Twitter and Facebook, or included in an e-mail.
"Angry Anna" can be shared regardless of technical knowledge through a visual drag and drop mechanism that requires no coding.
"The phenomenal viral success of 'Angry Anna' demonstrates the power of games as a medium for communication and artistic expression," said CEO GameSalad Steve Felter. "We've seen games go viral, but what is new is that now games can be easily shared in a playable state, similar to how we experience viral videos."
Links to share and embed "Angry Anna":