The presidential election of 1960 - JFK versus Richard Nixon - was the closest contest of the 20th Century. So, what if Nixon had won? Would there have been a Watergate scandal? The Kennedy assassination? Would we try to land on the moon without JFK's push for space exploration? Campaign 20/20 lets you discover new realities, where Ronald Reagan rises to the presidency in 1968, Al Gore edges out George W. Bush in 2000 and lesser-known candidates, such as Sargent Shriver, rise to prominence.
It's single-player, turn-based strategy. You select an election and one of the two major party candidates, then dive in. Every day leading up to the election, you fly to any of eight regions and conduct rallies and fundraisers. The goal is to sway states to your side. Fundraisers raise campaign funds. Rallies cost campaign funds, but bring in supporters.
At the end of each turn, your AI-opponent campaigns, then you earn rewards for flipping states and gaining ground. Sometimes scandals hit, causing you or your opponent to regroup.
Debate minigames let you go head-to-head with your opponent for a bump in the polls. Pop quizzes allow you to earn funds if you can identify states or presidential quotes.
When the results are in, you might change history. Move on to the next election and continue your journey into the presidential landscape.
Version 1.4 features a difficulty setting with four options, defaulting at "Novice." The AI is less aggressive while campaigning and in debates. The password system still saves only the year and point total, but the player now has the option to choose the candidates for that year. The maximum rally size has doubled and a new button makes it easier to opt out of rallies and fundraisers. The Daily Spin is more streamlined and faster. A bug involving candidates in 2020 has been fixed. More bugs will be fixed for the next version as they are discovered.
Ratings and Reviews
On its way to greatness
Honestly, this game has the biggest upside of all the campaign style games I’ve played. I really like the geographic split and the game play with the debates and bombshells.
However, I’ve had a glitch each time I try to play the 2000 election. Each time I get close to winning the app quits and nothing gets saved.
I’d also like to see more years thrown in, maybe even being able to redo the primaries of that year as well.
A big problem for me is that you can’t save your progress. I don’t have time to sit and play back to back games. I’d like a save feature so I can go back and play alternate timelines such as 1964 JFK if you win 1960. Or even save and reload the same game so you can play the longer games over multiple days.
I got this game a couple of days ago and I’ve been playing it almost nonstop. I love games with alternate history and games concerning elections. The only part of the game I find frustrating is saving progress. If you close the app, there’s no getting back to the game you’ve started, and you have to start the whole timeline all over. I’ve also unlocked 2016 and 2020 through completing the 2000 timeline, but I closed the app and it reset on me, relocking 2016 and 2020. There’s a password feature on the main menu that I’m assuming you use to continue progress, but I’ve never seen any password given to me. Overall great game loads of fun though! 😁
Developer Response ,
Hey Dis' Guy, Thanks for your review. A save game feature is in the long term plans for the game. In the meantime, you can use the password "Play" to unlock 2016 and 2020.
Potential for greatness
This game is very green, but has tons of potential. I love the alternate world angle, and hope the save state feature comes sooner rather than later. I’d love to see more candidates and maybe even a primary feature (especially for 2020). A minor complaint/request; I’d like an option to prefer external audio, as I often want to play and listen to music or a podcast. Overall, I highly recommend this game, and think it will only get better.
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