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Devolver Digital’s New Game Has Been Banned In Australia

Devolver Digital and Doseone’s latest release Sludge Life – a game about graffiti, vandalism and double butthole cats – has been refused classification in Australia.

Although we don’t have the details from the Australian Classification Board just yet, according to the rating of the game in other locations like the US – this indie title includes “use of drugs”, which is thought to be why it’s been banned in Australia.

This latest ban follows on from the refusal of Disco Elysium: The Final Cut back in March, and it also included drug references. In May, it was then rated again and received an R18+ classification.

Here’s some of the other stuff accessible to players in Sludge Life, according to the game’s website:

  • Experience the thrills of vandalism from the safety of your computer.
  • Curiosity and free will are your only motivators – roll as you please.
  • Find and download apps to your laptop and waste your life away playing a game in a game.
  • Smoke Ciggy Cigs brand cigarettes. Smoke ‘em up real good.
  • Take photos of exotic fauna and ambivalent NPCs.
  • Dedicated fart button.
  • A huge baby, community basketball court, and a cat with two buttholes. [no extra charge]
  • Three distinct endings and a pretty robust credits

While it’s not good news for Australians who were looking forward to this one, knowing Devolver Digital, it’s probably happy to be getting some extra publicity. The game is still apparently available on Steam in Australia, so right now it’s just the Switch release that’s been impacted by this.

If you would like to learn more about Sludge Life, check out our review – we awarded it eight out of ten stars. If we hear any updates or the ban is lifted, we’ll be sure to let you know.



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