50 years onward from the liberation war, there are attempts to preach the supreme sacrifices of the valiant heroes through video games. Several games have been developed to propagate the true history of the liberation war to the next generation.
Bangladesh’s Liberation War based Video Games
War 71: The First Defense
The story of the glorious liberation war started on the night of 25th March 1971. And this is precisely where the game is set up. The atrocities committed that night by the Pakistani Armed Forces are the premise of this game. Specifically, the defense was put up by the then police in the Rajarbagh Police Lines.
This game is the first open-world game developed in Bangladesh that too centered on the liberation war. The players will get to play as police members in Rajarbagh Police lines. There is not much exploring as expected from an open-world game. But considering the time and resources available, the game delivers on a unique and fun experience. There are a total of 16 different levels each with several objectives. The player has to complete all of them to level up. A player can use different weapons, cars, and vehicles to kill the enemy. The graphics are not over the top but it does make for a fun and engaging experience.
There is a VR version of the same game called VR War 71. It delivers a simulated experience and allows the player to get deeper into the gameplay. It is exclusively available on the Play Store and has been downloaded over 100,000 times since its initial release.
Heroes of 71
Heroes of 71 was a pioneer of liberation war games in Bangladesh. It was not the first game but it was the most comprehensive and detail-oriented game that captured the gamers and non-gamers alike. The immersive experience found in the game was unmatched for a long time since its release in 2015.