Social Justice Warriors is a satirical role-playing game that transforms the standard medieval fantasy heroes of RPGs into social media crusaders facing an endless horde of internet trolls.
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Mixed (88 reviews) - 54% of the 88 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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“Social Justice Warriors fascinated me because it shows the potential that video games have beyond entertainment: to be instruments of education, and conduits through which ideas can be disseminated, shared, and discussed.”

“It’s brilliant! I’m just smiling right now at how I went from being judgmental and angry about a game I hadn’t even touched to happy and giggly once I’ve taken my time to review and check every knack possible.”
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About This Game

Social Justice Warriors expresses frustration with how people use divisive labels – like “SJW” and “troll” – to discredit and silence each other. No matter what social values you have, attacking and ridiculing other people not only fails to achieve progress but has an additional effect of escalating the conflict while exhausting your patience and eroding your reputation.

The Warriors

  • Social Justice Paladins duel foes with 140 characters or less while shrugging off attacks with a press of the Block button, at least until their foes create new accounts.
  • Social Justice Clerics serve in the name of their patron sub deity, taking solace in its comforting presence to heal and summoning its divine power to smite their enemies.
  • Social Justice Mages conjure powerful constructs of fact and opinion to alter minds and reality while occasionally summoning an activist organization or hurling a scathing fireball of a blog post.
  • Social Justice Rogues fight fire with fire. Throw flurries of vitriolic character attacks, confuse enemies with smokescreens of alternate accounts, then delete your accounts and withdraw into the shadows of the net.

The warriors and their opponents fight and fall by the measure of their Sanity and Reputation meters. Trolls confound your sanity with logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks while actively working to destroy your reputation with wild accusations and photoshopped evidence of your misdeeds.

How you choose to respond to these attacks is up to you. Relying solely on logical arguments to change minds doesn’t work very well online, but resorting to personal attacks and mudslinging will erode your moral high ground.

With the aid of your warrior allies and a few mysterious outsiders, you have the ability to reshape the conflict. Take down a multitude of trolls to attain a new high score or make sacrifices to become a noble Social Justice Champion, who takes no joy in tearing down other human beings. The Champion relies on mediation and reconciliation, listening to their concerns and proposing mutually beneficial compromise. The utility of compromise is just as uncertain as destroying opponents, but a Champion values its beliefs more than temporary gratification.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
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757 of 867 people (87%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
I was looking forward to this, but it is repetitive and hard to discern how points work. I wish it was a system where you could pick a reply and based on how that reply is weighted, your attack would resolve or you would lose points. But it just lets you pick the same options that are not clear what they do. There's very little substance to this game. It should be free if the only point it wants to make is, "see you fight people on the internet like it's a supremely crappy RPG or something!". I doubt I'll play it again and I think I was ripped off.
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306 of 350 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
The game is brilliant satire and a funny little distraction but it seems better suited to Newgrounds and the like than $7 on steam. It costs too much for the value you get from it.
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944 of 1,205 people (78%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
EDIT: I see that updates were made to the game that added achievements and more dialogue I still do not care to play this game because of the gameplay. Like I said in the review, I threw money at something and expected a good game, so I just wanted to restate that I am reviewing based on what the game is, not how dissapointed I was.

Repetitive and boring, was hoping for a free roam where you venture the internet in a midevil themed world. Sadly, I just threw money at the screen when I saw it was about the internet and you got to fight trolls. Would be positive if it was free, because it seems like a F2P.

For the $6 I paid for it, and I was stupid enough to see that it had something to do with the internet and then proceeded to throw my money at the computer without doing research. I had some fun at first. I loved the concept of battling trolls without actually battling them so you wouldn't lose real sanity.

I was dissapointed to find out that trolls are the only things you fight. On top of that the dialogue is very repetitive. I was hoping to fight other things on the internet like feminazis, bronies, furries, but all depending on what fandom your character is in if he is even in one in the first place. For example, if you say that your character is a brony, then you would most likely only fight trolls. If your an anti brony, you would focus on bronies, while fighting others. I was also hoping for a free roam element where you could go to amazon which would be the merchants where you could buy items to fix up your sanity levels or your PC. It could also have quest too.

Sadly, this game is just battling a few type of trolls, from the popular trolls to the rabid trolls. It gets boring real fast and doesn't really have much replay value. Character customization is really bland, and you only get to choose from a paladin, mage, rouge, and an archer. They all have their own perks, but it doesn't really matter what class you choose because the games pretty easy. You can use parry to regenerate sanity and almost never fail the action.

On top of all of this, according to the disscussions, the developer is calling people who dislike the game, "trolls". I hate trolls, but I guess that i'm one of them in the eyes of the developer.

I suppose it's my fault for not doing research on the game and throwing my money at it. Although since I did purchase it, I thought that I might as well tell people and my friends my opinions on it. Overall I give it a 2/10.

Heres how I did my point system thingamigig for the few that care.
~ Points start at 5
~ +4 for concept
~ -4 for gameplay
~ -2 for developer being a ♥♥♥♥
~ -1 for graphics (I really ♥♥♥♥ing hate pixels, but they dont effect gameplay much for me.)

I do not hate you or your game, because hate is a strong word. I dislike your game and do not personally know you so I cannot judge you. I am unaware if developers can delete reviews, but if you do then that would cause me to dislike you for being one of those developers who cannot take critisism.
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196 of 238 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
I wish I could give a thumb sideways. I think the idea is great. As a proof of concept for a starting point to work on a more fleshed out game this could work very well. As it is though, I feel that fails both as a game and as satire.

It's very short. I'm talking a few minutes here. There's too much reliance on a random number generator and after a few tries I just got to the point of not caring what I picked because it all seemed just random anyway. There's also really not a lot to it. It's just Defender picks one of 4 responses to troll, hit enter, roll the RNG, rinse, repeat. That's pretty much it. The same responses tend to show up too so it won't take very long to start seeing repeats of what you already saw.

I'm willing to make allowances for games to be shorter, cruder and have less meat to them if their main point is satire, DLC Quest being a great example of this, but in this case it's just too short and too rudimentary. I really wish there were more to it but there's not.

On the satire end it seems to fall flat too. I think the combination of the satiring the White Knight complex of the so called 'Social Justice Warriors' being too subtle (a quick glance at the forums shows that many people didn't get that they were being satired and not celebrated) along with the opposing side always being portrayed as trolls for the sake of trolling just makes the whole thing not work.

As far as I am concerned, both sides take this subject matter and their role in it way too seriously and could well do with a mirror being held up. While true trolls exist, most people who get involved in these internet crusades do believe they are in the 'right' so not having the ability to choose both sides as a hero (in their own mind) seems to have the effect of making the whole thing come off as a SJW propaganda piece to many. Which it's not; having to 'retreat to a place where everyone agrees with you' is not exactly a quality to be celebrated but it seems many people don't get that far and just write the game off.

If you have to explain your satire then it really hasn't done its job.

Mostly though I just wanted more game. More to do. More from the opposition's perspective. Maybe planning and strategizing outside of the forum 'combat'. Something to make the game play last more than 5 minutes and be less random. Just more. The seed is there but it needs much more than this.

I'd love it if we could get updates or this could get much more fleshed out but as it stands I really hesitate to recommend it at any price. There are 99 cent mobile games that give much more game play than this and if you want Gamergate satire you're probably better off searching Google for an opinion piece article. It would take you longer to read than the time you would spend playing this game anyhow.
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137 of 163 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
Took a chance on this, hoping would be more comical than it actually is. Definitely feels like a cash grab by the developer trying to capitilize on the political climate at the moment.
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105 of 120 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Repetitive and only funny for about 5 minutes. I was kinda expecting something like Papers, Please. Not even close. This is more suited to a flash game than something to pay for.
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906 of 1,263 people (72%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
You would hope for it to be a you vs extreme SJW and Trolls.
But this game definitelly picks a side in this neverending fight.

Also, it gets dull as ♥♥♥♥ after battling 9 trolls + it feels like everything is 90% random 10% your own choice. You level up but there are to skill points or anything. Some old-school RPG statistics would have been nice. It would have been even better if you could incarnate a troll too.

I was expecting something similar to papers please. I met something qualifyable as "tumblr bias: the flash game"

Not to be bought unless an update shows the other side of the coin so you can experience the internet conflict in all it's extension.
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371 of 517 people (72%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Horrible. Just horrible. Ridiculously repetitive, no variation. The concept had infinite potential, but the execution was a failure on every level. Not to mention the RIDICULOUS amount of Tumblr-bias. It's PAINFULLY clear that they tried desperately to paint the SJW's as the hero, despite the fact that Some of the things the "troll" says come closer to reality than your character does.

I would honestly rather play Air Control.
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104 of 127 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
First I want to say I played this for about 4 hours on the client before the steam launch

I really wanted to love this game but the problem is it is repetitive and quite random (in a bad way).
Well lets start off with the positives
  • Quite an interesting concept
  • Really doesn't take a side on SJW or Trolls
  • The champions designs are quite nice
  • The pixel art is quite nice
  • The player and the Trolls look the same, probably a message on that
  • The game changes when you become a champion which is quite intresting

Now the cons
  • Like said above repetitive from the build I played (v2-2) only has about 5-10 messages for the trolls, this could also have some meaning to it but doesn't really make for a fun experience
  • Lacks alot of stuff a old school rpg would have and is really random
  • companions come in at similar points and don't stay around.

Sidenotes: This game would of worked best as a mobile title since a run can be completed in about 5-10 minutes.

This game has alot potential but sadly at the current update it is quite an empty game with repetitive gameplay, I hope this game is updated and adds in more content but at the current time not worth the purchase
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99 of 127 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Not a very good game, especially at the going rate of (currently) Six dollars USD. More thought could have been put to it. Challenging enough as it is, but I would have like to have seen different variations of specific conversations, and more choices of how to react (also specifics of how to react) instead of just a cut and paste 4-6 of the same choices for each level "Troll" in the game, and 4-6 choices for each class specifically played.

Also the lack of difference in skins between the player and the "Trolls" was a shame. Not sure if funding ran out or what, but a colored shirt and pants on the player could have made it seem less bland between character skins. The SJW classes had different outfits, why not the player/trolls?

In the end, this is, unfortunately, a Game I couldn't recommend. I had some hopes for it, too.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 8
Absolutely not worth the full price, but it's very clever in its own one-on-one mechanics right.
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19.0 hrs
Posted: May 3
It's like Morrowind in that everything is thrown into a number generator instead of actually just working; however unlike Morrowind, this game never progresses and it has ♥♥♥♥ for replay value
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0.6 hrs
Posted: March 12
I'm honestly offended by this game, and I don't want to be. I get the message the developer was going for, but that message is hollow in the reality of post August 2014. People have had their lives ruined, pushed into suicide, and even nearly murdered by cop via misinformation. You can't keep going down that both these "sides" are somehow equal in their personal failures, and while I do agree with the meessage of meditating on one's actions (something I had to learn the hard way), that's not what the game ends up saying to many.

The way its structured, it says that the "trolls" always win. Their victory is inevitable, and thus they are right for it. Inserting dialog about actual issues that have resulted in death and ♥♥♥♥ threats simply for being brought up just lets them insert themselves more into this, and they see the game's message as satire ONLY aimed at "SJWs." They live in a culture where their hatred and ignorance is not isolated, it is shared and supported, almost coming off as cult like. They don't get the message.

More egotistical people also won't, more likely to get angry by the portray of their beliefs, while others will just feel like they were talked down to by someone who doesn't understand their personal experiences at all. They don't know the pain or suffering they had to go through. They don't understand why they've had to fight for so long just to start a dialog about their suffering.

As satire, this game is ann absolute failure. It's too focused on a particular idea and culture to have the more universial message to have impact, and that message is tainted and lost by the context it creates. That really disappointed me.
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The Famous Unknown
0.3 hrs
Posted: February 19
Just don't buy it. Words can't describe.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: February 15
Usually I type long paragraphs about the gameplay, theme, soundtrack, but this game lacks any of that and just is an unfunny game that panders to those who are of a politically correct mindset.

Avoid like the plague.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: February 10
The lack of content in this game is pretty crazy. if you're confused on what the game is, basically you argue with the computer and choose from 3 options what you want to say. the 4th option is block where nothing they say can affect your sanity. You lose when your sanity or reputation bar drops. Knowing what to say is really hard because it doesn't tell you what you'll say, it gives you examples of what you'll say but it doesn't tell you your sentence. So you'll find yourself constantly crewing up and shaking your head, wondering why you're even playing this game. Do not buy it, get it if it becomes free. If there were perhaps a loot system, maybe some armor, some weapons. This game would be a lot better.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: January 30
This game has made me curious for a while as i'm always looking for a scorechaser or an endless RPG similar to that ios game Combo Quest.I can safely say this game is like that. I do a lot of work on a PC so it's good for breaks every now and then
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2.8 hrs
Posted: January 1
If you've ever spent time involved in discussion on forums, then you will likely have seen a number of architypes of behaviour from those that are popular, friendly and discuss any topic to those that literally hide behind a dosen aliases with their only intention being to cause mischief and misery (if of course they can target the right people that are emotionally volatile enough to bite)

This game is a simulation of those occurances online and places them into a turn based "quid pro quo ad nasuem".

Funnily enough some of the "canned troll" comments used within the game you do actually see alot on real forums. While it might be costly in price for it's simplistic and shortlived escapade, hopefully the developers will perhaps consider a more indepth version in the furture.

I'd only recommend to those that collect such oddities for the reason's of obscurity as opposed to being a Triple "A" game. (If you play this game you'll be asking yourself if this was written in character/spirit of the game... ;) )
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Darth Trevor
0.1 hrs
Posted: December 31, 2015
its ♥♥♥♥ whoever made this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game is an sjw cuck and its ♥♥♥♥ just like lgbts and feminists and sjws if youd like you can read my full review posted on /pol/, r/antipozi, and r/mensrights posted under the name theodoretrilbyantifeminist
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0.4 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2015
im trying to think of an insult bad enough and nothings coming
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