With over 338,000 copies sold, a genital-duelling game is making millions for its South African developers.
Called Genital Jousting, the game has caught the attention of adults looking for something fun to play at parties. It is the creation of the game developer Free Lives, which operates from a house in Constantia, Cape Town.
Since its launch in January, the game has sold over 338,000 copies, bringing in R20 million. It is available for download on Steam, the world's largest online gaming store, and can be played on your computer – but not Xbox or PlayStation.
The small 16-person studio is also famous for games like Broforce, a 16 bit action game featuring overly masculine men blowing up things, which made them a cool R51 million, as well as Gorn one of the top grossing VR games which allows you to tear you opponent’s apart limb for limb in a gladiator arena, from the comfort of your lounge.
According to Genital Jousting's creator, Evan Greenwood, the game is all about disarming masculinity. He says in a patriarchal society, penises are associated with power and considered the dominant sexual organ. But in Genital Jousting, they are often the butt of the joke.
“Now that the game is available to the public, the most rewarding moments are when we see it provoking discussion or critical thinking amongst players.”
“We're talking lowest common denominator humour at its finest. Free Lives does not pretend to be above a fart joke.”
Up to eight people control detached penises. They can joust, race, walk sausage dogs, play football and even go on dates in this colourful world of genitals.
In single player mode you can explore the trials and tribulations of a penis named John as he looks for love in a world that simply doesn’t love him back.
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