Remember when we had to wait years for a follow-up to our pro-animal rights propaganda video games? The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals return to the Unrelated Region a year after Pokémon Black & Blue with Pokémon Red, White & Blue: Loosely Connected to McDonald’s.
Last year’s game called out all of humanity for looking at animals the wrong way. This year’s lighthearted romp, available to play here, seems to be angry at McDonald’s for serving animal meat near Pokémon toys, or serving Pokémon meat near animal toys, or whatever.
“Our parody game is a fun way to tackle a serious issue — that it’s wrong for Nintendo to allow McDonald’s to lure kids in using its beloved, cute icons, when the reality that Pokémon have been used to mask would horrify them,” says PETA director of marketing innovations Joel Bartlett via official annoucement. “PETA’s game offers an empathetic way to look at animals that we hope will inspire players to choose kindness and go vegan — after all, even humans can evolve.”
Oh, OK, it’s wrong to have Pokémon Happy Meal toys.
The game uses the same engine as the previous parody, but adds three new Pokémon, so at least there’s a little innovation there. At times it can be funny:
But mostly it just wanders about, beating its message into your brain with heavy hands.
Oops, I just spoiled the boss fight. That’s ok, you’ll still want to play through the whole thing to earn a wallpaper, some fake Pokémon cards, and a depressing video.