You've seen the movies, read the books, and now you can play the video game based on "Watergate," the scandal named after a prominent Washington D.C. office complex where operatives of former President Richard Nixon broke into the Democratic National Committee offices. The scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974, who failed to cover up his involvement in the entire mess. "Watergate: The Video Game" is the creation of comedian and writer Samuel Kim, who takes great liberties with history and uses a mash-up of styles inspired by classic games like Shadowgate and Punch Out.
In an interview with Motherboard, Kim explains how, during the development of the game he went from a real journalism game to what he describes as an acid trip-like adventure:
"Originally, I wanted to pay homage to old school investigative journalism, which is why a large part of the gameplay revolves around careful observation and calling up leads on the telephone," notes Kim. "Then I realized that 'old school investigative journalism" made for a soul-crushingly boring video game,' so I decided to take some teensy liberties with history."
Those "teensy liberties" include boxing Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, confronting H.R. Halderman with a broadsword, and digging up the corpse of Nixon's dog Checkers, amongst many other antics. And then the game gets really weird!