Pinoy-made video game turns 'Super Mario' into a villain


Posted at Feb 15 2016 04:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2016 06:23 PM

The advent of home console gaming over three decades ago saw millions of people worldwide falling in love with a heroic plumber who needs to navigate his way through pipes and a variety of creatures to save a kidnapped princess.

Now, in a twist that movie producers would love, the hero has become the villain. Instead of guiding the plumber through various worlds and missions, one game has chosen to make a parody, where the plumber has to be killed.

In an interview on ANC's "Future Perfect," Bari Silvestre, one of the game designers of "Kill the Plumber," said he collaborated with a Russian game developer to develop the game.

A parody of the popular Super Mario game, the game's objective is to kill the plumber using several methods.

According to Silvestre, the first version of their game faced copyright issues due to its similarities to the original game.

"Kasi masayado siyang similar noon, as in red and blue 'yung costume niya, and then, masyadong crossing the line na siguro, so na-ban siya sa Apple, pero na-release namin sa Google Play."

Upon receiving recognition from gaming blogs, websites and conferences, Silvestre and his Russian collaborator decided to improve the game, and to make it more available to a wider audience.

"Inimprove namin siya eh, kasi nagkaroon siya ng maraming recognition, features sa mga websites at conference. So sabi namin, we have something na kailangan nating i-improve, and siguro, one more take na i-submit ulit sa Apple. Version 2 na itong nakikita niyong Kill the Plumber," Silvestre said.

Kill the Plumber is available for $5 in Steam and $3 in both Apple App Store and Google Play Store. - Future Perfect, ANC, Feburary 10, 2015