Leonardo DiCaprio really, really wants an Oscar, so much so that even DiCaprio is done pretending it doesn’t matter anymore. Now, an interactive entertainment company called The Line has released a cool new video game titled Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage making fun of the entire hullaballoo.
The game is a throwback to the old Sega days, complete with a timestamp that places it in 1991. Your objective is to guide an insatiable Leonardo DiCaprio across the red carpet as he chases the elusive Oscar. You’ve seen those dog races where they drag a piece of meat in front of the lean dogs to get them to run, right? Well, now replace the dogs with an equally hungry DiCaprio, throw in obstacles like annoying paparazzi, an attention grabbing Lady Gaga, and side challenges like ‘quaalude overdose’, and ‘act harder’ and you’ve earned yourself a fun 5 minutes.
The game is a pure side-scrolling button masher with funky retro visuals. In other words, it’s really lo-fi. But it also makes some intelligent observations about the farcical Oscar campaigns, and the superficiality of the entire process. Oh and by the way, winning is really difficult. After a couple of rounds, the task seems decidedly Sisyphean. Suddenly, you’ve got a newfound empathy for DiCaprio and you really feel for the poor guy (read genius, millionaire, playboy, philanthropist). Who says videogames can’t be emotional?
You can check out a trailer for the game here and then head over to the game’s official website to give it a shot.
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