Nick Van Dam
I found this game at a local thrift store, and thought I'd take a chance. It was interesting that it had been put out by the government to be educational.
The board is quite good looking, although having been made in 1992 the electoral votes are a bit dated. Additionally the presidents of the United States up to that point make up the boarder. The other components are of low quality, with the cards being poor, and the pawns being of basic quality.
The object of the game is to accrue electoral votes and win by becoming president, or the most favored candidate.
The object is attained through travel campaigning and the answering of presidential trivia questions. It is a bit slow, and many of the questions seem very trivial.
This is a basic president trivia game with a few other things added. It ranks fairly low for a few reasons.
1. bringing a political game to the table is always tricky with the need to remain lighthearted.
2. it runs into the same problem as many educational games, it is much more educational than fun. This shows up almost entirely in the trivia portion of the game.
3. It is dated, given the time that has passed since it's publishing it seems missing much, especially given it's purpose. A presidential or election game like 1960: The making of a President is a much better design for an educational election game. It is set in a specific time, so no matter how much time passes it remains complete and self contained... the same cannot be said here.
4. The rules are clunky and slow.
I had an idea of saving the board and re-purposing it for use with the game Candidate as the board is actually pleasing to the eye, unfortunately the electoral college changes made this impossible).
Buy the game or Not?
If presidential trivia is your thing and you have a group that shares that interest then I say pick this up.
Otherwise this is a game to be avoided.
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- Last edited Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:59 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:36 pm
Lorraine Hopping Egan
Hi, This game was invented by Jan Barney Newman, the founder of Aristoplay, as an educational family game... no government involvement. (I worked for Aristoplay from 1991-96.) The Gore family played it, which made us all happy, but it's 100% a commercial product. There were updates every four years, of course, but I don't remember when the last one was and what date the game went out of print, after a successful run.