Pak scuttles Peshawar attack game

After drawing flak and failing to attract gamers, the game titled 'Pakistan Army Retribution' was pulled down

Islamabad: Pakistan has removed a video game based on horrendous attack at an army-run school in Peshawar by heavily armed Taliban militants after criticism.

A screen grab of the game
A screen grab of the game

At least 150 people, mostly children, were killed in the attack on the school on December 16, 2014. The attack prompted Punjab province’s IT Board to develop an Android game and release it last month. After running for weeks, the game failed to attract favourable reviews and the families of the victims were not impressed.

The social media also flayed the idea as well as the attempt.

"The APS game has been removed. It was in poor taste. Thank you for highlighting the mistake. We have made the amends," tweeted Umar Saif, chief of Punjab IT Board.

The first-person shooter game titled ‘Pakistan Army Retrib ution’ begins with the national anthem and depicts events that took place on the dreadful day.

The player’s task is to lead soldiers into the main building and eliminate the heavily armed terrorists scattered throughout the premises.

"The game may be an attempt to pay tribute to the Pakistan Army, but the app itself is not very well made considering the name behind it, and the market it was placed in," a Pakistan daily reported.

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