A computer game in which players control an American soldier on a mission to "wipe out the Muslim race" has been condemned as tasteless and offensive by British Muslim groups.

The game called "Muslim Massacre," which is available as a free download over the Internet, allows players to take control of an "American Hero" whose goal is to "ensure that no Muslim man or woman is left alive."

After being parachuted into the Middle East armed with a machine gun and rocket launcher, the aim is to kill as many Arabs as possible — some dressed as terrorists, others apparently civilians.

Players progress through various levels where they take on Usama bin Laden, Muhammad and finally Allah (a word also used by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians).

The game's creator, a freelance programmer based in Brisbane, Australia known as "Sigvatr" who also has a site tallying up the "rankings" of spree killers, described the game as "fun and funny."

British Muslim groups accuse it of glamorizing violence against Muslims in the Middle East.

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