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Game: RIOT: Civil Unrest

Have you heard of RIOT: Civil Unrest? In Riot, you control either
the protestors or law enforcement in some of the worlds most recent confrontations around the globe. We will be providing a full review soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

Full Press Release:

Rise Against Injustice or Keep the Peace in RIOT: Civil Unrest, Launching February on PC and Consoles


Monday 21 January, 2019, Manchester, UK. – Merge Games Ltd., is set to release RIOT: Civil Unrest, a real-time riot simulation experience.

RIOT: Civil Unrest is a unique, thought-provoking experience that places you at the heart of some of the world’s most recent confrontations. Spread across four campaigns and over 30 individual scenarios, from Oakland in California to Tahrir Square in Egypt and Caracas in Venezuela, RIOT: Civil Unrest lets players control either the protestors or law enforcement in an effort to portray a balanced view of each event.

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Featuring some of the best pixel art graphics ever seen, RIOT: Civil Unrest was born out of the real-life experiences of its artist and creator, Leonard Menchiari. During the summer of 2011 Leonard attended the NO-TAV protests in northern Italy. There he witnessed first-hand the actions of both the protestors and law enforcement officers which lead him to create RIOT: Civil Unrest. He created it to tell the stories and express the emotions felt during these clashes. What triggers the anger and aggression? Often outnumbered, what does a police officer endure during the conflict?

A complex strategy game, RIOT: Civil Unrest sets players objectives for each scenario. It’s then up to the individual to choose how to tackle each situation, employing different strategies and tactics in order to achieve the perfect outcome. Discover if you can dispel an angry crowd or overcome a well-equipped militia with RIOT: Civil Unrest. Player performance is rated, aggression can lead to a quick, successful outcome but a softer approach may have the same resolution without damaging public opinion.

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RIOT: Civil Unrest boasts impressive crowd behaviour. Each individual character has its own artificial intelligence that gives the overall crowd mass very realistic and fluid movement. The PC version also boasts a powerful editor that allows users to create and share their own scenarios. The editor comes complete with additional scenarios made by the Bologna-based development team, including: G20 – Hamburg, Gilets Jaunes – Paris, Shohada Square – Iran and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

RIOT: Civil Unrest is set to launch on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation4 and Nintendo Switch February 2019.


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About IV Productions

Ivan Venturi, who has over twenty-five years of experience in designing and producing video games, founded IV Productions in 2012. Ivan co-founded the first Italian video-game company in 1988. Ivan is also the founder and organiser of the Italian Independent Developer’s main event, Svilupparty – now the Italian independent developer’s association. IV Productions has worked in partnership with Merge Games since 2013 and strives to connect Italian indie game developers to worldwide markets.

About Leonard Menchiari

Leonard Menchiari is a 27 year old Italian who has worked in the film industry in Los Angeles. In 2012, he moved back to Italy where he got in touch with the underground movement, NoTAV. Leonard discovered how rife political crime and corruption had become in Italy, and in order to expose people to the situation, Leonard decided to share his experiences and other people’s ideals through what he considers one of the most powerful forms of communication out there today – games.

About Merge Games

Merge Games is an independent video game publisher and distributor based in Manchester, UK. The company publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for PCs and consoles. Merge Games also specialises in publishing collectable games for retail and worldwide digital distribution for independent developers. More information about Merge Games products can be found at

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