Leonard Menchiari and IV Productions announced alongside Merge Games that RIOT: Civil Unrest has officially graduated from Early Access on Steam and is currently available right now for $16.99.
Version 1.0 just went live, meaning that the game is no longer in the early development phases, but is now a finished product ripe and ready for purchase.
The full version of the release also comes with a handful of new levels you can play through courtesy of the Steam Workshop integration. These levels include real life events that took place throughout the world, including the G20 Rote Flora riot in Hamburg, Germany; or the Shohohad Square protests that unfolded in Mashhad, Iran. There’s also the financial reform protests from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and even a nod to the recent Yellow Vests protests currently taking place in the highly turbulent Paris, France.
You can check out the gameplay trailer below to see what the real-time strategy game is like and some of the scenarios you’ll be playing through either as protestors attempting to break through the lines, or as police enforcers attempting to maintain the peace.
So the game may be a pixel title but it has a really eye-catching aesthetic to it thanks to the dynamic lighting and the use of color splashes that pop due to the contrasts between the rioters, the police, and the backgrounds.
Visually the game is supposed to mimic the raw emotion you get from watching documentary footage, but it’s skewed through the lens of pixelated imagery. So it gives you both that gamified layer on top of something that comes across as both serious and jarring.
During my playtime with the game when it was in Early Access, I can’t say it was the most fun time I’ve had. Riots are unruly and difficult to control (just as one would imagine) and you’re more of a puppeteer igniting events rather than a guiding hand over the chaos.
I can see why the game has mixed reviews on Steam at the moment, as it feels less like you’re playing and more like you’re watching. I feel like the most control players have as rioters is in instigating, and the most control players have as the police is in dispersing crowds and beating the crap out of people.
It sometimes feel a little limited and too controlled, but then it can go in the complete opposite direction as a completely chaotic riot sim, living up to its name.
I haven’t played the full version yet so I can’t say if the balance issues have been worked out, but you can learn more about RIOT: Civil Unrest by visiting the Steam store page.