Ex-EA men defend iPhone game

"Lighten up already," says dev.

Downsized Games - made up of former Pandemic employees - has defended its EA-parodying iPhone game BulletTrain as "tongue-in-cheek".

"Yes we were all laid off by EA. Yes it sucked. Yes it got us together and got the creative juices flowing. Yes we are having a lot of fun poking fun and making a freakin' videogame! Lighten up already, things are too serious in the world to not enjoy dissing your boss," a post on the Downsized website reads.

Internet eyes were pointed towards Downsized after Kotaku noticed a provocative game description.

"It's the year 2124 and giant mega corporations rule the universe. Even though space travel has been achieved, the corporations still use superfast Bullet trains to deliver goods planet-side (it must be cheaper, like outsourcing). This makes the Bullet-railroad barons, lead by the dastardly JR, the richest and most powerful people in the galaxy," it read.

"You used to run a small shipping company on your home planet of Glendon-19 but a hostile takeover by Elaborate Acquisitions, your local B-rail corporation, has left you out on the streets. With the help of your best driver, Atal, you scrape together your last credits and outfit your transport ship/bedroom with enough weaponry to take down the corporations B-rails. It's time to hand out the pinkslips, in blood. BulletTrain!"

BulletTrain will apparently be "shipping soon" for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Dowsized Games is Manny Vega (environmental artist/world builder at Pandemic), Andrew Mournian (lead vehicle artist at Pandemic), Zach Haefner (senior UI artist at Pandemic) and Ariel Tal (technical artist at Pandemic).

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