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Want to kill Osama?

Missed out on killing the real Osama Bin Laden? Here’s an opportunity to take out the ex Al Qaeda chief, at least virtually. Games2win, an online games company based in Mumbai, have launched a Kill Osama Bin Laden game.

india Updated: May 07, 2011 16:51 IST
Sneha Mahale

Missed out on killing the real Osama Bin Laden? Here’s an opportunity to take out the ex Al Qaeda chief, at least virtually. Games2win, an online games company based in Mumbai, have launched a Kill Osama Bin Laden game. Replicating the real-life events that led to the death of America’s Enemy No 1, the game takes players deep inside Pakistan to a house in Abbottabad in search of the terrorist. The game has already registered over 1,00,000 hits.

“There has always been animosity around Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and people were disgusted that he was not caught. So, we decided to make a game around the concept,” says Alok Kejriwal, CEO of Games2win, admitting that the turnaround time to get the game out was fast. “On Monday morning at 9.15 am, I heard the news of his death and saw US President Barack Obama’s speech. By 11.30 am, our team had conceptualised the game.”

Kill Osama Bin Laden has seven levels, all designed on the premise that you can run, but you can’t hide. Players start off by capturing and killing Bin Laden’s informant before moving on to their prime target. “The plot is similar to how the real-life events played out. Navy seals go to Abbottabad and raid his house in a bid to kill Bin Laden,” says Kejriwal. The attack takes place at night and the house shown in the game fits with images seen in newspapers and on TV channels with bunkers, high walls and closed windows. “There are obstacles to prevent players from completing their mission, the biggest one being that they can’t be spotted. If they are, they will be the ones with a gun to their head.”

There is also a twist. Unlike in reality, where no one saw Bin Laden’s dead body, the game requires the player to behead the terrorist. “Then, we move on to capturing and killing other Al Qaeda cronies, who are based around the world. But these characters are fictional,”
says Kejriwal.

Target Practice

* Newgrounds.com rolled out Osama’s Revenge, a game in which users take on the terrorist’s ghost.
* Indian gaming website ibibo.com is all set to introduce Osama’s character in their popular game Mumbai Underworld.
* Kuma War Episode: The Death of Osama Bin Laden, gives players a chance to play Navy Seals and re-enact his killing.