Shadow President

Copyright: © 1993 Dc True
Genre: Simulations

Shadow President
Review 1:
An intriguing-- if a bit too esoteric and confusing-- political
simulation, this game lets you become the U.S. President who must
maintain approval rating (ahh-- that penultimate goal of presidency ) and
deal with global crisis. Decide on national budgets, monitor nuclear
threats, give foreign aids-- it's all in a day's work. It is apparent
that Shadow President designer, Robert Antonick, tried very hard to
counter the conventional wisdom that political simulations are "dry"
exercises that are best left to Cold War historians and statisticians.
They have largely succeeded: although there is still a huge number of
statistics and reams of text to pore through, they are presented in an
attractive, graphical style, with neat animations. Summary statistics for
each country, for example, is presented as an isometric city, with each
section representing basic categories. Many skyscrapers mean that the
country has a big population, while the number of nuclear symbols signify
their nuclear capabilities. When you launch a nuke toward a country (be
wary of a huge drop in approval rating when that happens!), you will see
that same isometric landscape obliterated in the familiar mushroom cloud.
There are also many clues to help you get your bearings in this
potentially intimidating environment. You can consult an array of
advisors on policy issues, and consult the CIA World Factbook-- the
entire text of which is included in-game, and forms the basis for much of
the global crises and situations you will need to deal with. With a solid
economic, diplomacy, and political models, attractive graphical
representations, and many "real-world" options and policies, Shadow
President ranks as one of the best games of its kind ever made.

Review 2:

The date is June 1, 1990. Welcome to your first day on the job, Mr.
President... The game begins with a tutorial for those new to Shadow
President. As the leader of the United Stares of America, the most
powerful nation on earth, you have the entire planet at your fingertips!
It is up to you, with the advisory of your cabinet, to make crucial
decisions that will either make or break you. You are not limited to what
you can do in the big seat. Every choice the real president makes is now
in your hands. The question is, what kind of a leader will you be? Will
your actions lead to a utopian society and everlasting world peace? Or
will you turn out to be a ruthless tyrant that rules his dictatorship
with an iron fist and plunges the world into nuclear war? How you play
the game is up to you! Although the primary objective in Shadow President
is to promote diplomacy, when I play, I nuke countries I donít like, just
for the hell of it (and thatís what all the fun is about). The graphics
are something like those on the SNES, but this is a game that doesnít
attract its players with good graphics, but with the complex challenges
it presents. However, that is perhaps the biggest downfall to Shadow
President: not enough action. None whatsoever! This game impresses me as
being educational as well as strategic. In order to play, you must first
print out the "quotes sheet" on one of the files that download with the
game, and enter in the name of the famous person being quoted in the DOS
prompt. If you like games that challenge your mind without all blood and
gore of other strategy games like StarCraft, this is the game for you! It
is definitely worth a try. Download it!

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