The year is 1989. You are President of the United States in transforming times. After forty years of oppression, the people of Eastern Europe are daring to defy their Communist overlords at home and in the Soviet Union. And as President, you too face daring decisions: how far will you go to encourage democratic reform? How much will you risk a Soviet crackdown on these freedom-seeking peoples? Will your efforts help bring democracy to Eastern Europe, or will you provoke the Soviet Union to bring down its wrath, setting the cause of freedom back by decades?

This is a strategy game about presidential decision-making in the context of the Bush 41 presidency in those epochal years of 1989 and 1990. As Poland legalizes Solidarity, as the Berlin Wall falls, as people in every country take to the streets seeking greater freedom and human rights, the world is changing under your feet. As President, you must analyze changing situations, weigh risks, and make decisions, all while trying to keep your alliances healthy, your relationships with foreign leaders strong, and the drive towards freedom and democracy always moving forward. And in the end, you can compare your successes and failures with those of President Bush 41.

“Cold War Dare” is an educational outreach product by the George Bush Presidential Library.

Directed and produced by Dr. Shirley Hammond, Director of Education, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum © 2016, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation

Game design and development by eduweb.

Thanks to:
Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel, Consultant
Mary Finch, Audiovisual Archivist
Christopher Pembelton and Zachary Roberts, Archivists

What’s New

Version 1.0

This update is signed with Apple’s latest signing certificate. No new features are included.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

A local guide ,

Great game

This is by far one of the best games I have ever played. The graphics are beautiful, it's fun and educational. The only reason I give a 4 star rating is due to how hard it is( it took me a couple of days to figure out how to play) and the BUGS OH GOD THE BUGS! I can sometimes only get through half a round before it breaks. Over all a amazing game game, I'm addicted. I wish there were more like it.

Knight Who Says "Ni!" ,

Excellent Educational Game!

This is an excellent educational game that is a quick play and free; it serves its task well—recalling what it takes to "win" at the Cold War. The app can be a bit challenging to maneuver, but this app is an improvement over the web version. It is also more forgiving if you wish to restart the one campaign of the game.

The playability is of course limited (historically), but if you play with the settings you can play a bit of alternate history along the way.

I highly recommend this game for teens and up; folks of all ages interested in history will find this game interesting!

Extreme*2 ,

Four stars

Good game. Very educational. I had a great first playthrough. During the next five or six, events had such different results that it became really difficult. A lot of it seems to be based on chance.


The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
215.2 MB

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 George Bush Presidential Library Foundation


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