Dear Leader (iOS) Review

By André Eriksson 09.07.2017 2

Review for Dear Leader on iOS

Good satire is a balance to uphold. It has to be at least as fun as it is offensive to hit home, without just being crude. Dear Leader aims high on the offensive part, joking about the leading family of North Korea in not so subtle ways by ridiculous overpraising, simulating how dictators enjoy rewriting history to fit their own liking. Is it as fun as it is offensive, though? Read on as Cubed3 follows Kim Jong Il on his important quest to rid the world of all evil.

In Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il is embarking on a quest to save the entire world by closing the portals to hell and defeating all demons. He is facing some unwanted trouble on his way from Americans who are looking to take away his weapons of mass protection.

It is a long quest, and our Kim Jong Il can't do it himself - he needs help from his son, Kim Jong Un, and their friends, which, for example, includes the mighty tree llama people. It is a very colourful and surprisingly varied crew of characters, which the player can play as to aid Kim Jong Il on the quest.

The battles do, however, feel very one-sided. The enemies are not dangerous at all unless severely underleveled, and even then, the problem isn't their difficulty (as it is really easy to dodge every non-boss battle), but rather the time it will take to kill them all. While it is sort of thematic that the Dear Leader is killing everyone in his path with ease, it doesn't make for fun gameplay in the long run.

Screenshot for Dear Leader on iOS

If for any reason the player would get caught off-guard, there is the possibility to both grind and to help the nation prosper by upgrading its many buildings, such as the public eatery. These buildings give different bonuses, ranging from simple things such as extra XP to improved power of different weapon groups.

The gameplay is overall on the weaker end, though. On top of the easy gameplay, there are insane wait times for the North Korea developments, which is the only thing people are likely going to invest time in once the main story is completed, as even the post-game challenge missions rarely have much difficulty than sometimes a timer, which only turns them into cruel gear checks rather than challenging content.

Where Dear Leader does its best job is in the portrayal of our Dear Leader himself and his comrades. The "glorious deeds" are spot on for a satire and are in no way pulling any punches. Sometimes it goes into the realm that some would see as distasteful, though, but fans of dark comedy should appreciate it.

All in all, Dear Leader is exactly the sort of game people are expecting it to be: an over the top parody with functional, yet mediocre gameplay. It is great fun, but it stands and falls on whether or not the player enjoys the dark humour it is filled with.

Screenshot for Dear Leader on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 6 out of 10


Dear Leader is exactly what players expect it to be. It is a solid, yet mediocre game that lives mostly on the humour. It sometimes goes a bit over the line, but the comedic effect will make fans of dark humour forgive it, and those who do not enjoy dark satire should really not expect anything more out of the game. Whether or not it is worth a look into it bodes down to one simple question: do you find jokes about dictatorships funny? If yes, this game is for you. If not, it might be best to stay away, but for those who enjoy it, it will give them all that they want - maybe even more than they asked for sometimes.









C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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I wonder if there are game creators in North Korea that do the opposite thing, making Western leaders look like idiots (not hard to do), or going to war and defeating them?

( Edited 13.07.2017 17:36 by Guest )

The last game that was slightly negative towards North Korea, Mrs. Kim, got wiped off the AppStore, website taken down, and basically other than our review and coverage, it's like the app didn't exist. I wonder if the same will eventually happen here.

( Edited 13.07.2017 17:36 by Guest )

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