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Alison Redford Game 'Aura Of Power' Mocks Ex-Premier's Spending Ways (PHOTOS)

09/10/2014 04:51 EDT | Updated 09/10/2014 04:59 EDT
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The "Sky Palace" is an elusive goal in a new video game that mocks Alison Redford's heavy spending.

A red-headed character named Alison is the protagonist of "Aura of Power," an app game that has been developed by Edmonton-based company Rocketfuel Games.

The game takes its title from a term in Auditor-General Merwan Saher's report that found the former Alberta premier broke expense rules, inappropriately used taxpayer money and was involved in a plan to build a so-called "sky palace," a penthouse in the city's Federal Building.

In the game, players must navigate the character across a "winter wonderland" as she picks up diamonds and dodges reporters en route to a "Sky Palace" that she never reaches.

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When the game is over, little info boxes inform players of facts such as the expense involved in flying Redford to India and Switzerland, The Edmonton Sun reported.

"It has some of those serious undertones because as an average Albertan, and everyone on our team is one, you're a little annoyed that our taxpayer dollars were used that way," Rocketfuel Games CEO Jason Suriano told the newspaper.

Calling the game a "next-generation political cartoon," Suriano told CTV News that it isn't meant to target any individual or political party, though the inspiration is clear.

Deron Bilous, an NDP MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview, saw the humour in the game but he also told the network that it tackles a serious matter.

"Aura of Power" can be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play.

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