The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC)--the group devoted to electing Republicans to the United States Senate--has released an 8-bit video game called Mission Majority. It's free, and you can play it right now at this link.
In the game, you play as an elephant named Giopi and your task--as the game's title suggests--is to get a majority in the Senate. You do this by collecting keys--each key represents helping a Republican campaign get more volunteers. You must also avoid Taxers, evil-looking characters dispatched by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama to thwart your efforts, according to the game.
"This year's Republican Senate candidates are the strongest in decades (if not ever), and we want to raise awareness in every possible way" -- NRSC
As you jump on these characters, you will suppress their high taxes until they are destroyed. You must also avoid or crush Mudslingers. "To escape their false and empty rhetoric, jump on them and mute their misleading words," the NRSC says.
At the end of each level, you are presented with an opportunity to donate to the NRSC, visit a store to buy items based on the game, sign up to help campaign with the NRSC, or advance to the next level. Before you can even play the game, however, you have to connect your Google or Facebook account.
"As a party, Republicans have a great opportunity to win the Senate majority and create positive change in Washington," the NRSC wrote on its website. "This year's Republican Senate candidates are the strongest in decades (if not ever), and we want to raise awareness in every possible way. With that in mind, we are having a bit of fun with our approach."
This isn't the first time politics and video games have mixed, of course. In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, then-hopeful candidate Barack Obama launched an in-game ad campaign through a number of titles, including Need for Speed: Carbon.
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|Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch|