Shadow President

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Shadow President
Shadow President
Cover art
Developer(s) DC True
Publisher(s) DC True
Designer(s) Robin Antonick
Brad Stock
Series Shadow President
Platform(s) DOS
Release date(s)
  • NA February 1993
Genre(s) Geopolitical simulation
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM

Shadow President is a geopolitical simulation video game released in 1993 for the PC by DC True containing elements of cyberpunk and dark science-fiction.

The game has a sequel called CyberJudas.

Gameplay[edit]

Failing to keep the governments of the world peaceful with each other may result in a "hot war;" with the Soviet Union invading Japan in this screenshot.

The game put the player in the role of the President of the United States in a situation loosely based on the Cold War and the early 1990s. Using a timeline that starts during the end of the Ethiopia-Somalia war, players can prepare Kuwait to be invaded by Iraq during Operation Desert Shield. After dealing with the Iraqi adversaries, the player can opt to dethrone the military overlords and political cartels that are keeping the people of South America and Africa in relative poverty.[1]

Being popular enough to be re-elected is a vital component of the game, though re-elections can be disabled which in turn greatly reduces the effect of popularity. Managing the budget of the United States, sending aid to foreign countries, dealing with diplomatic crises, and even fighting wars are a largely unavoidable aspect of the game.[2] The player starts the game with seven advisors, which makes the game a bit less confusing. During every American election year, players are not allowed to access their virtual screen starting at midnight on election night so that a panel of bureaucrats can analyze their progress. If their popularity and efficiency is good enough, the player is authorized to use the terminal for four more years. Not getting re-elected automatically means "game over.[1]"

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 7.7/10[3]
GameFAQs 8/10[4]

GameSpot currently has the game ranked at a 7.7/10 based on 13 reviews.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shadow President Overview for PC". Abandonia. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Articles/Game Reviews/PC/Shadow President (1993)". Free Info Society. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Shadow President - GameSpot.com". GameSpot. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Shadow President Review for PC". GameFAQs. 2003-12-05. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 

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