Critical Play: Secret Hitler

Game: Secret Hitler by Max Temkin, Mike Boxleiter, and Tommy Maranges

Secret Hitler is a hidden identity social deduction party game that has some elements to it that is quite similar to the game my teammates and I are making. The premise of the game is for the fascists to sow distrust among the civilians to try to have their leader become the ruler, whereas the liberals are trying to prevent this from happening by identifying and stopping the Secret Hitler regime. 

Secretive Hitler is a game based on fellowship and chaos. Additionally, the game is also a fantasy due to its politically-inspired nature. At the beginning of the game, players are assigned the role of either a fascist, Secret Hitler or a liberal. All players will close their eyes and only the fascists will reveal themselves to each other. They would also learn the identity of Secret Hitler. The objective of the fascist team is to pass six fascist policies or elect Secret Hitler as the leader after implementing three fascist policies. On the other hand, the liberal’s objective is to either identify and kill Secret Hitler or impose five liberal policies to win. 

What makes Secret Hitler fun and exciting is that you never can tell who to truly trust as anyone could be deceiving you. What makes Secret Hitler different from other games in its genre is the fact that the fascist team group is given additional knowledge that other players in the game would not know as they are told who is the Secret Hitler. With Secret Hitler, players are always invested and dramatic tension always builds, making the game even more exciting. And these are elements that I hope to include in my group’s game. 

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