This is Roxy, with KoopaTV! Development of The Wonderful 1237 has just closed, and we have all of the results!
What is The Wonderful 1237, you may ask? It's KoopaTV's exclusive flash-based keyboard-and-mouse video game released for 2016, based on the 2015–2016 Republican presidential primaries. The Wonderful 1237 can be described as a satirical strategy simulation game, but it's so much more than that.
If you were unhappy with the Republican nominee for president who ultimately won the general election, or you're interested in a light strategy game that not only pokes fun at the real-life process but is also a deep critique at every level, The Wonderful 1237 may be your kind of experience!
We have it embedded immediately below, exclusively on www.koopatv.org:
If you're having performance issues, close other programs and background things you may have open, and play the game at this hyperlink. It's a rather hefty file size.
The game's beta-testers, Vortexica and RawkHawk2010, believe that the current release (as of December 23) is in fact an “early access” and that KoopaTV disclaims responsibility for launching a bug-free product. They apologize for any problems, and if you find any, you're asked to tell KoopaTV's development team.
|The title screen.|
Mr. Ludwig Von Koopa, the game's developer and KoopaTV's chief, will have a lot more to write about The Wonderful 1237 in the coming months, and KoopaTV will be dedicating quite a lot of article space to it. Relevant articles will be added to the bottom of this one.
The Wonderful 1237 pits you and your eccentric campaign manager up against 17 other Republican candidates as you tour through the United States. You'll raise funds, hold rallies, broadcast negative advertisements, conduct polls, and try to earn the endorsements of dropped out rivals to have their delegates pledge allegiance towards you. If you have 1237 delegates by the end, you win!
The game is inspired by KoopaTV's coverage of the Republican primaries, taking KoopaTV's Super Contest/Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum-inspired twist to the primaries to the next level. KoopaTV's scoring of the Republican candidates according to this Super Contest system directly fed into The Wonderful 1237.
|Every candidate has their own Beauty, Cool, Cute, Smart, and Tough stats, and they grow.|
According to Ludwig, the game's pacing and flowchart of events was consciously inspired by the Nintendo 3DS game Pocket Card Jockey. Ludwig has stated he admires the little-known game's handling of hidden information, its sequencing, and more—to be discussed in a future article.
|The Action Menu of The Wonderful 1237.|
You need to manage your number of actions per round, and your money!
In The Wonderful 1237, the endorsements from fallen rivals take the form of exciting and unique minigames — one unique minigame for each opposing candidate, for 17 minigames total! Each candidate also has a slew of voice-acting and graphics associated for them, making The Wonderful 1237 a truly ambitious project. There is too much content to be able to experience it all in one playthrough, or perhaps even two. Multiple strategies are viable to achieve success in The Wonderful 1237, and no single playthrough is ever the same!
KoopaTV hopes you enjoy playing The Wonderful 1237.
The Wonderful 1237 Advertisements
Click here for The Wonderful 1237's advertisement video. It's a 30-second trailer. It's awesome.
KoopaTV is renewing its push for The Wonderful 1237 by tying it into Presidents Day 2017.
The Wonderful 1237 Analysis Articles
Much more about Pocket Card Jockey's own game mechanics can be found here. It's a starting point to explain many of The Wonderful 1237's own design decisions.
The Wonderful 1237 takes the horse-racing from Pocket Card Jockey and connects it to the political journalism metaphor of horse race politics.
The way The Wonderful 1237 works, mechanically, illustrates things you can learn about the electoral process.
This article describes the inspiration and process for making the seventeen endorsement minigames in The Wonderful 1237.
There may be more to come.
The Wonderful 1237 Voice-Acting/Sound Effects Compilation Video
To exist at a later time, but it's teased here in a discussion about how the voice-acting adds to the game.
The Wonderful 1237 Strategy Guides
Donald Trump — Mini-Golf
Ted Cruz — Rifle Bacon
Marco Rubio — Water Fuel Fill
John Kasich — Table Manners
Ben Carson — Surgical Bisection
Jeb Bush — Slow and Steady
The above headings are not necessarily exhaustive of all of the possible coverage of The Wonderful 1237.
If you would like to interview anyone involved in the project, please e-mail info(at)koopatv.org.
If you have any questions about The Wonderful 1237, would like the file downloaded to your computer (the best way, processing/performance-wise, to play the game), or would like to discuss the many layers of satire and thought associated with the game, you're free to do so in the comments section here or in the comments sections of the many future articles KoopaTV's staff will put together about the game. Or, in the case of downloading, inside the editor.
The Wonderful 1237 was nominated for, and then subsequently won, Best PC Game of 2016.