Uncle Slam and Uncle Slam Vice Squad (lost iOS presidential boxing games; 2011)

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The app's Icon.

Status: Lost

Uncle Slam - President vs President Boxing! was an iPhone boxing game that was released on December 16th, 2011. The game features the likenesses of United States Presidents taking forth in Gentlemen's Boxing in locations across the U.S. The game's description from the Uncle Slam website describes the game, saying:

"The spirit of patriotism has always been strong in America. The men who have been chosen to lead her throughout the years have embodied this spirit. But the time has now come to determine who among them embodies it the most. Choose your favourite president and fight your way to the top in Gentlemen's Boxing. The winner will take up the mantle of Uncle Slam and be the custodian of American patriotism for all time! Uncle Slam is a political boxing game for iOS. Using gesture-based fighting, Uncle Slam offers a fun and slightly crazy boxing experience to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch gamers!"

The app, developed by Handelabra Games, was their first project and premiered at PAX 2011. A free version of the game was also made later in 2012, called Uncle Slam Vice Squad, which features Vice Presidents instead of U.S. Presidents.

Gameplay

The game uses the touchscreen on Apple's devices, swiping and tapping at your opponent. You can punch, go for uppercuts and body shots, block, charge and retreat, and also use a special move that is original to every president. The game can be played solo against CPU, co-op, or CPU against CPU. The solo mode in the game features a campaign, where you travel across the U.S. as a selected president, boxing other presidents at their home locations to get to Uncle Slam. When boxing matches are beaten, you unlock "votes" for that president, and those votes can be redeemed to unlock special items for said president. A Hall of Presidents is also featured in the game, showing off concept art, new locations, famous speeches, and artwork of the presidents themselves.

Availability

The game was available for a couple of years on the App Store. As iOS evolved, however, Handelabra games stopped updating the game to work on bigger and better products. The game was last updated on July 1st, 2013. The Twitter page for the game stopped posting tweets in December of 2013. Eventually, the game was taken off the App Store, as well as Vice Squad, because of its incompatibility with newer Apple Devices. Both games are seen in your purchased feed on the App Store if they were previously downloaded, but they cannot be re-downloaded currently. Uncleslam.com has been down for a couple of years, shutting down sometime in early 2017, and the Uncle Slam page on Handelabra's website states that "Unfortunately, Uncle Slam and Uncle Slam Vice Squad are no longer available." When asked about Uncle Slam during a Twitch livestream, Handelabra Games said that they remember the game fondly, as it was the first game they had developed, but had no plans on a rerelease of the titles.

Gallery

Videos

Trailer.

Gameplay of both 1-on-1 fights and solo mode.

Game being shown off at PAX 2011.

The trailer and gameplay for Uncle Slam Vice Squad.

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