Try This Japanese Online Social Distancing Game
Covid-19 coronavirus has us sitting at home with just ourselves and our own hobbies for entertainment. A number of us are cooking, some are studying while others are living through the pandemic in art and games. For Singapore, the Circuit Breaker has been extended till 1 June so there are more weeks to plan the time away. Adding to the series of online games found by Tropika Club, would be this funky Japanese Online game to teach you social distancing.
Inspired by the Tokyo government’s reaction to the pandemic, Twitter consumer Gunjo Chikin has created an 8-bit-style free online game called Mitsu Desu Game, or’Social Distance: The’ Game’. Offered in both English and Japanese, the boundless scrolling game casts you as Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike walking through crowds of people. Your goal is to achieve appropriate social distancing by simply clicking to move people out of the way. Each time you click, the Koike personality says’mistu desu’, the governor’s now-famous catchphrase for social distancing.
You start off the game with five masks, or lifelines. When people enter your social distancing circle, you lose a mask. Once you run out, it’s game over; that is when the voice above declares a state of crisis whilst asking you to ‘please stay home’. Along your travels, however, you’ll encounter an 8-bit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who provides you with just two masks, a playful nod to Abe’s mask shipping scheme.
As the levels increase, you’ll walk through heavier audiences and try to pick up as many fish, steaks and sprays as possible without letting anyone get too close. The game gets harder as you continue, with shifting pawns and a heightened social distance circle — it’s a creative and humorous spin on the way Japan is managing the catastrophe.
The English version of the game sadly leaves Koike out; it includes a blonde man in a suit instead, using a voice crying’social distance’ as you clear a means through the crowds.
Try the Japanese and English games here.