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Election Trail
By Braingames
Commodore 64

Published in Home Computing Weekly #82

This strategy game involves planning your campaign to win the US elections. There are two parties competing: you, (Republicans) and your opponent or computer (Democrats).

There are 20 periods before the election in which you should hold rallys, campaigns, press conferences and make various decisions affecting your popularity.

Election Trail is menu-driven - a series of options is displayed and you must select the one which best suits your plan of action. Most screens are accompanied by graphical displays or animated pictures. A map of the states or regions is normally displayed to help you reference certain areas.

The game should be played on a colour TV. When played in black and white you can't tell the difference between red and blue (one colour per party) so you don't know whether you are winning or losing.

The instructions outline the principle but leave a lot for you to find out. Some of the options during play could do with documenting so that the player might have an idea of what to expect.

The game has educational value and is interesting.