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Electoral College Graduate
System Requirements
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP
750MHz CPU
60MB Disk Space

Have you dreamt of becoming the president? Here?s a game designed by a former treasurer of a political action committee. You?ll get a taste of what it?s like to run a campaign and hopefully win it. Rack up frequent flier miles while you give speeches, publish ads, set up offices and most importantly get funding. There are eight levels of difficulty (intern-statesman) to keep the game challenging.

Who can I run as?


There are many preset parties you can run as. There are standard and random options for each class. Here?s a short list.

  • Republican
  • Democrat
  • Independent
  • Constitution
  • Green Party
  • Libertarian
  • Natural Law
  • Or named candidates

What?s next?


Once you have your candidate selected you can set the game to be realistic or random when it comes to things like Issues of Importance, Stat Populations, Party Affiliations, and Political Action Committees. The last option you can set is your campaign length to between 20-50 weeks.

How do I campaign?


This is a turn-based strategy. In each turn (which is a week) you have a certain number of points or time. You can use these points to travel, build an election office, find dirt on your opponent, raise funds, give speeches or town hall meetings, and do an ad or a press release. Each thing you do costs money so watch your budget. When it comes to ads and press releases you can ask a pollster what they care about so you know who and what to target. I found that feature very helpful.

How can I tell who is winning?


The main screen has a map of the USA. The states are colored to what party they are favoring. There are in between shades to so you can tell if you?re starting to lose a state. On the lower left hand side of the screen you?ll see a percentage of support each candidate has. On poll night, you will see all the votes tallied up and how each state voted. It?s almost as exciting as a real election. Instead of a High score list, there is a Hall of Presidents where your electoral votes are compared to those of actual presidents.

Graphics


This game is java based and the interface is a little dated looking but it works. The characters look like clip art. This type of game doesn?t need top of the line 3D graphics anyways.

Sound


There isn?t any sound in this game. It?s not really necessary either.

Appropriateness


This game is pretty realistic when it comes to important issues like Abortion, Homosexual marriages and campaign scandals. I didn?t notice and swearing or anything. When doing debates or town hall meetings you have the option to evade the question, give a straight answer or attack your opponent. So it even has the typical political mud slinging.

Conclusion


I?ll admit that I didn?t think a political game would be much fun. But this game proved me wrong. If you know anyone who likes politics they may really enjoy this title; those who don?t follow politics will probably like it too. With the various difficulty levels there is a lot of replay potential. The game price is $30 and you can get it at http://www.electrictactics.com/electoral/

Appropriateness Score:
Violence 10/10
Language 10/10
Sexual Content/Nudity 6/10
Occult/Supernatural 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical 7.5/10
Appropriateness Total: 43.5/50

Game Score:
Game Play 16/20
Graphics 5/10
Sound/Music N/A
Stability/Polish 5/5
Controls/Interface 4/5
Game Score Total: 30/40

Overall: 83%






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