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Video game highlights PH’s war on drugs

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TULAK, an award-winning indie game that tackles the country’s war against illegal drug, is now available to the general public. Developed by alumni from the Game Design Development (GDD) Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), Tulak won the Best Game for Many, Best Game Art, and Best Narrative of Story at the Animahinasyon 12: 2018 Philippine Animation Festival. Tulak started as a thesis project and later evolved into an adventure game by Team JRMS, an acronym that stands for the first names of its founding members: Jhay Ulilang, Ralph Miraflor, Miguel Hermanos, and Steven Cadena. “Tulak was conceptualized during the heat of the issue on war against drugs. Its aim was not to focus on the deaths linked to the war, but to tell a fictional tale inspired by the stories behind the real tragedies,” Mr. Cadena said in a press release. The final version is a 2D decision-based, puzzle-adventure game set in an imaginary community in Manila. The initial launch comes in Filipino. The game starts with a flashback of the life story of Jed, the main character, who deals illegal drugs for a living. The player then chooses his own path, with each choice affecting future scenarios. The mechanics involve exploring the barangay’s surroundings, interacting with residents, and utilizing household items to solve conundrums. As the protagonist advances, they will meet individuals who want to exploit and hurt them. To reach a wider international audience, an English version is in the works. The game may be downloaded from https://stevencible.itchio/tulak for Windows.

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