Although GamePolitics tracked numerous election-themed games during the presidential campaign, we just stumbled across one of more unique and interesting ones.
Steal This Election is slick look at how to use dirty tricks to win the White House. The game has more attitude and atmosphere than most of the other offerings we’ve seen, which are generally variations on martial arts, FPS or whack-a-mole.
Our only gripe is that the online game is broken. GP’s candidate (a Sarah Palin knockoff) won with 182% of the vote. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much replayability. No matter which candidate you choose, the dirty tricks are the same. It made sense in the game for my Palinesque character to paint Obama as a terrorist, since that was, unfortunately, an actual theme in the election. It made less sense to have the same tactic available for the Obama-like character to use against the game’s faux McCain.
Despite these rather significant flaws, Steal This Election is worth a look if political games float your boat. Let’s hope that they fix the game mechanics by the time November, 2012 rolls around.
GP: Okay, that’s it. No more election games. Probably…