President Forever
Written by Shigamoto   
Friday, 17 June 2005

Are you always watching campaign coverage and saying that you could do it better? Then President Forever is the game for you.

In President Forever you are trying to win the election for President in the United States. You can either be a republican, democrat or independent presidential candidate. That is the player can be President Bush, Kerry or Nader in the Campaign 2004. But it’s also possible to play historical campaigns such as Nixon-Kennedy 1960, Reagan-Carter 1980 or Bush-Clinton in 1992.

Essentially the game is about getting enough votes in each state to secure the win. This is done by a lot of advertisements, good old fashion barnstorming, policy speeches, debates, fundraisers and much more. I really love the complexity depth of this game; it really has every tool that you can use in a political campaign.

When you first start the game you already have a couple of key states that will vote in for you. There are also a number of states that will vote for the opposing party and some that are close to call or undecided.

Each campaign has states that they have set out to primarily focus on. For example it’s very hard for a republican campaign to win New York or California so instead they focus on undecided states, in the game one of them might be Ohio.

You can choose to do research on your opponent that can be anything for trying to uncover any scandal to find some breach in the opponent’s policy. Each candidate has a policy that you can change. The player can choose if the party should be against or for personal taxes. Other issues that can be controlled are terrorism, military spending, education, welfare, abortion, leadership and much more.

However voters and contributors hate if you change your policy in the middle of the campaign, so it’s good to do the changes from the very beginning.

When things happen in the different campaigns or in the world around them it will be presented in the newspaper. Here you can choose to try to fight off bad news towards your candidate or campaign, this can work at times depending on how much energy you put into it.

Graphically the game is not very neat, it looks a bit like the campaign coverage on CNN with a map in the middle showing the states that supports you, the undecided ones and those supporting the opponent party.

The screen also shows how much money your campaign has, where your presidential and vice presidential candidate are in the country (you choose where you want them to be to do speeches, debates and so on). Overall the interface is packed with information and it might be hard for some users to penetrate; however you get the hang of it after a while.

A problem with the game is that when things starts to go bad they usually go bad really much. For example from one turn to the next you can easily have lost half the United States if you don’t play your cards right. In real politics the turns take a bit more time than in the game.

I really like President Forever, it’s a breath of fresh air. Sure it requires a lot of reading statistics and thinking, it’s not an easy game. However you usually end up playing the game for hours having the time of your life.

Developer: 80Soft
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: $12

Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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