Somebody at the European Central Bank must have a warped sense of humour. Amid desperate calls for the ECB to step in and do more to help alleviate the euro zone crisis, social media wonks at the bank turned to Twitter to trumpet the arrival of an important new monetary policy game for the iPhone and iPad.
Players of '€conomia' must strive to keep inflation stable at two percent by using interest rates to control economic growth.
"Match your skills against your friends and enter the €conomia Hall of Fame," says the excitable App Store blurb. "'Cut fast!' 'No! Slowly does it.' Will you be a hawk or a dove? With the right balance, you could be the next 'Central Banker of the Year' … or you could even win the 'Euro area Gold Cup'."
The ECB has also developed a separate PC game - Inflation Island - in which participants can view the effects of rampant inflation on an economy.
We're assuming that the accompanying video explaining the educational ambitions of the project - featuring a smooth and unruffled (did someone say 'smug'?) cameo by retiring ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet - was recorded in happier times.