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
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.
Love the concept
So many election games are built around the idea that it has to fun and goofy in order to be enjoyable. This game is not one of them. I love that this game is designed for us history buffs who often wonder what it would be like if Kennedy had lost or Gore had won. And it’s still fun.
Obviously there’s a lot of room for improvement. I would love to see an improved saved system, and maybe a way to see all your previous wins and losses.
It would be interesting to see some sort of tree that shows how different the results are to the actual history.
Also more candidates would be great as well: George Romney, Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson (I don’t know if they’re already in there.)
Definitely great game.
Great game and will be amazing. Definitely need to fix some issues with the app crashing. And absolutely need a way to save your progress and like access old games. Basically like let people create a profile or something that saves everything. It would be cool as well to be able to compare the real/alt maps after the elections. And of course going back further in history would be awesome. But those are just suggestions. It’s a good game otherwise.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.