‘Smuggle Truck’ Makes Crossing The U.S.-Mexican Border Fun, Advocacy Groups Irate

‘Smuggle Truck’ Makes Crossing The U.S.-Mexican Border Fun, Advocacy Groups Irate
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Smuggle Truck – Teaser – 2011 iPhone iPad Web from Owlchemy Labs on Vimeo.

A game designed over the course of a weekend as part of a summer “Game Jam” has raised the ire of immigration advocacy groups. Maybe because iPhone game Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration looks like fun?

Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration, a side-scrolling, physics based driving game, lets players drive a rickety, rusty pick-up truck across obstacles like rocks, ditches and a razor-wire fence in the name of transporting illegal immigrants across the border. The satirical game was developed during last year’s Immigration Jam in Boston, Massachusetts by a quintet of developers.

Next month, Owlchemy Labs plans to release Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration for the iPhone and iPad, the AP reports.

The game’s creators say their creation was inspired by the frustration of friends trying to legally emigrate to the United States, but its detractors call Smuggle Truck “disgraceful,” making light of the deaths of those who try to cross the border.

Mass. company draws fire for immigration game app [SF Gate/AP]


  • I would love to see a game come out about American Border patrol trying to keep the Mexican drug cartels and people smugglers out of the USA. it would make a great first person shooter. Hey , they could call it Wall Of Duty , Taco Warfare.

  • This game wasn’t the 1st of its kind. It was JOSE COMES TO USA, and for the looks of it, JOSE COMES TO USA, had more decency with the whole aspect.

    I think this game has no taste whatsoever. Classless is more like it, if you ask me. I cant believe this Boston company is making money with this issue and on top of that hope that everything is OK and fine with groups and Hispanics all around.

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