Forbes Surveys Political Sims

With the presidential campaign in full swing, Chris Morris of Forbes recaps of the current crop of election simulation games.

Here’s a brief sample of Chris’s thoughts on the games. Hit the link for his full report:

  • President Forever 2008 …lets you get as detailed as you want to in the campaign. You can determine ad spending, spin news headlines and change campaign themes. Heck, you can even recruit Oprah as a crusader.
  • The Political Machine… You’re… able to campaign against other players in online multiplayer matchups.
  • Power Politics III is the grandfather of political games, having put a version out for every election since 1992 (with the exception of 2000, when designer Randy Chase was unable to find a publisher) 

Morris also mentions a pair of games that are just for fun, with no pretense of simulation:

  • Kung Fu Election pits all the candidates… in a series of one-on-one "Mortal Kombat"-style bloodfests.
  • Campaign pits Obama against McCain… in a game that seems like an odd combination of "Risk" and any generic spell-based game.
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