Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer: Virgin Games
Release Date: 1987
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 83%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Election by Virgin is a title that I avoided as it looked like a modified version on Shogun. I used to play Shogun a lot, but could never quite finish it, so I had little hope of success with Election! The aim seems to be to become Prime Minister. You have to choose which party leader you wish to take control of and try to influence voters whilst keeping up your credibility as a party leader. You can wander around numerous screens and interact with other computer controlled characters. Like Shogun, the computer AI and political mechanics within the game seem to be quite advanced for such an old title. The graphics are quite basic, with each character shown as a head. If you like games with a mix of strategy and arcade action then this may be the game for you. Give it a shot…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: As I was hopeless at Shogun, I decided to poke about in the memory to try and ‘influence’ the voters. In other words I used underhand tactics – just like most good politicians.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you get enough voters on your side, the game is beaten. A victory tune starts to play while balloons float up the screen. A message appears which reads ‘WELL DONE PRIME MINISTER‘. A smaller message is displayed on the information panel below it confirming that you have won the election. The game then restarts when you press the fire button.
Neil: It’s not a great ending but it’s better than average. I think it’s good enough for this decent little strategy game.
Vinny: Hmmmm… I’m not too sure that this is ‘better than average’. There’s not much to this ending apart from the floating balloons and text. I think 3/10 is fair enough.
Andy Vaisey: There is only one thing more boring then real politics and elections and that’s this ending. Yawn.
Brendan Phoenix: Would have hoped for a better ending than this to be honest – surley they could have had a piccy of the front door of no. 10 or something??
Andrew Fisher: It’s not a bad idea for a game, shame it was poorly put together… the ending is nothing special.
Gaz Spence: More Gordon Brown than Winston Churchill.
FINAL SAY: A jolly little ending. Much better than expected.
G.E. RATING: 3 / 10