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The Paper-style Final Boss is a free story about the drudgery of running an evil empire

What does the evil boss do when he’s not trampling on adventurers to the final stop? Lots of paperwork, according to The Final Boss’ free little pencil crusher.

Inspired by Papers, Please and free to play in your browser via Itch, The Ultimate Boss is a playful little imagination of what, say, Godrick Elden Ring could do at his 9 – to – 5 post. Every morning, you wake up to a series of political proposals: raise your hen wages, build another lava castle, sell abducted princess trinkets, and such.

You can sign or leave them before you send them out to your inbox, earning or spending money from the mare’s fund as you do. At the end of each day you will receive an update on how your superpower is doing in terms of defense, job satisfaction and finances. If any of these features fall too low, your empire will be destroyed.

I once overworked and underpaid my minions, but found that they left at the end of the day to start their own empire. My head fell and my evil land was left completely unprotected.

The Paper-style Final Boss is a free story about the drudgery of running an evil empire

The Ultimate Boss is one of the many delightful little experiments on Cakestorm developer’s Itch page, and the scale shows up relatively small in places. There are only a set number of suggestions to sign, and at one point I received four consecutive minimum wage petitions. But it’s a game that understands the tactile pleasure of paper shocks in Papers, Please, and here’s a great framework for a satirical fantasy story if the developer decides to take it further.

Of course, there was no shortage of interesting types in Papers, Please, adding their own twist to a certain brand of authoritative bureaucracy of that game. Mind Scanners took the format in cyberpunk, digging into people’s brains for biased behavior, and Dirty Land: Thrill of the Sale puts you in the shoes of real estate sellers in a loving tribute to the classic 90s movie, Glengarry, Glen Ross.

Each of them recognizes that ordinary paperwork has a certain kind of gloomy joy, immersing you in the world around you even as you wield machines into people’s brains or scan immigrants for hidden explosives. The Ultimate Boss has the ability to do the same for high fantasy; After all, have we not all wondered how much kobolds are paid in World of Warcraft?

As it stands, the Final Boss is still a big distraction. And any game that lets you draw the cool S on a hardwood board is a winner in my books.

Akira

Il n'y a pas de honte à être faible, la honte est de le rester.

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