Anti-Castro game a hit on Web
Czechs click away to 'free prisoners'
BY LUISA YANEZ
Millions of times, Eastern European cyberspace heroes are blasting
away at Fidel
Castro's make-believe militia to free two prominent Czech citizens currently jailed
It's no Play Station II staple, but the Internet game is the latest craze in Prague.
Fueled by the true-life political wrangling going on between Cuba
and the Czech
Republic over the arrests, the game has gotten millions of hits in Eastern Europe.
With instructions in English and Czech, the game transforms each
player into an
armed agent. The goal is to rescue Ivan Pilip, a member of Parliament, and Jan
Bubenik, a human rights activist and former student leader, from Castro's jail.
In real life, the two have been held since Jan. 12, accused of
having contact with
anti-Castro dissidents on the island.
The game, created by Jan Kottman, Vít Novácek and
Tomás Nevrtal, is being
circulated through the Internet site www.flashfun.cz. To start the game, click on
the box marked ``Novinky.'' Attempts to reach the creators through the Internet
and by telephone were unsuccessful.
As the game begins, Pilip and Bubenik are seen in a prison cell
gives one of his famous marathon speeches.
Suddenly, unsavory-looking members of Cuba's militia guarding
the Czechs begin
popping from behind bushes and other hiding places, firing with automatic
If a player gets a kill, blood splatters. Ill-fated agents see
a yellow splatter before
meeting their maker.
Players killed off are shown lying face down in a pool of blood,
their weapons next
to their bullet-riddled bodies. And the Czechs stay in jail.
A player who kills 50 of the guards wins the release of the prisoners
-- and a
In the game's final frame, the Czechs happily float away from
Cuba toward South
Florida atop an inner-tube raft, accompanied by a dark-skinned, wide-eyed island
boy with a T-shirt with the misspelled name Gonzales.
Guess who that's supposed to be?