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App review: Breaking the shackles of middle management

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Late last year we reviewed Hipster CEO, the game that lets you live out your startup fantasy without the real world risk of losing your life savings.

Another game that satisfies the business person’s need for escapism is Double Fine Studios’ Middle Manager of Justice.

The game transforms the downtrodden middle manager, a stereotypical short guy in outdated clothes using an old PC, into the hero of your choice. That could be Sweet Justice, Galaxy Girl or Masked Mummy.

Then you build your office space, recruit staff and train them to become heroes themselves, capable of thwarting local villains like Crimebot and @Man. The more victories you notch and the more coins you collect and buy, the better equipment you can get to increase the efficiency of your branch, the more levels you complete and the better your ability to take hits in combat.

It’s a free app for iOS and Android with quirky cartoon graphics and an amusing twist on apps that facilitate and reward productivity among teams.

And it lets you take out your frustration when you’re drowning in budgets and the challenges that come from managing and being managed.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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