The jungle territory
that hides lurking rebel forces makes it look like a shoot-em-up adventure,
but in this video game -- from the U.N.'s food aid agency -- the aim is
to feed the masses rather than blow them away.
"So many parents complain about the blood and gratuitous violence that kids are so frequently exposed to in video games. This is a fun action-packed alternative," said WFP spokesman Neil Gallagher, launching the game on Thursday.
The game challenges players to get food into the fictional war-torn island of Sehylan -- finding the hungry people, dropping aid from a helicopter, dealing with hostile forces and setting up "Sim City" style farm projects for the future.
"Communicating with children today means using the latest technology," said Gallagher. "Food Force will generate kid's interest and understanding about hunger, which kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined."
The PC-based game can be downloaded for free from the Web Site www.food-force.com. A separate section called "How to help" tells children how to get involved in fundraising and community work.