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Double Fine announces free-to-play Middle Manager of Justice for iOS

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Double Fine’s focus on games of a smaller scope in the last two years has reaped great rewards, allowing the studio to release awesome titles like Costume Quest, Stacking, Iron Brigade, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster and Happy Action Theatre, as well as downloadable content, in a short space of time.

Continuing the trend, another new game from Double Fine has been announced today in the form of a free-to-play iOS title called Middle Manager of Justice.

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Part of a three-game partnership deal with Dracogen Inc. (who has helped fund previous Double Fine efforts), Middle Manager of Justice is a superhero management game that studio head Tim Schafer says we’ve been waiting for. Have we? OK, sure. If Tim Schafer said it, it must be true!

As always, Double Fine has the best press releases so here’s the full announcement:

“Somewhere between good and evil: Between order and chaos: Between upper management and the senior staff: You’ll find the glue that holds it all together: The Middle Manager: of Justice!” said Kee Chi, the game’s creator, dramatically reading from the marketing text.

“Congratulations!” he continued, “You have been promoted to Middle Manager.. of Justice! You have been chosen to whip the latest branch of Justice Corp into shape! Train and manage your team of superheroes to thwart crime and save citizens around the city! Increase efficiency in your branch by building new facilities and upgrading the equipment! Could it be done without you? Yeah, probably, but it would be sloppy, costly, and demotivating!”

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“Wow, a game about Superheroes and middle management! That’s what I’ve always wanted!” said a soot-covered orphan we hadn’t noticed before hiding in the shadows. “But, surely, a penniless, adorable ragamuffin like myself could never afford an amazing game like that:” He looked despairingly at his iOS device.

“Sure you can,” said Kee, “It’s free!”

“Free? Well then:Looks like it’s hero time!” the orphan declared with a sly wink. Then he kicked aside his crutch, wiped the coal streaks from his face, and stood tall to reveal that he was actually Steven Dengler of Dracogen Inc., stalwart ally of Double Fine Productions!

“All I ask is that you release it in Canada first, so I have a chance to get to the top of the Leaderboards,” added Steve, as he went back to watching that game where the ice skaters fight over the ashtray with sticks.”

Here’s the debut trailer for Middle Manager of Justice, along with a few screenshots:

Middle Manager of Justice – Debut Trailer

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