Election time is rolling round in the UK, so time to look at one of the retro games of the 80s glory days of home computing, with the 1987 game from Virgin, Election. The game was available of the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. In the game you could play parodies of political leaders of the time, or bizarrely Paul Daniels (the magician) as the leader of the Idealist Party.
The idea of the game was to wander around (as a giant floating head) meeting and canvassing other characters. But the best part, as it is in politics itself, is the ability to "slur" your opposition. Turning them (as the game says), into "a political banana". And the actual character turning into something the vaguely resembles an actual banana. If you manage to achieve 101 votes you are elected, and become Prime Minister. Celebrated by the worst game-ending ever. As the screen congratulates you with "WELL DONE PRIME MINISTER", and bunch of crappy balloons float up the screen.
Overall, a game that promises so much, but delivers nothing but disappointment. And a feeling that you've been duped. Particularly with a storming 9.95 price tag. Unfortunately this wasn't the first ever British political election based game. In 1983, Mastertronic released a game by Orion Software called, The Election Game. Which was a text based strategy game. Also in 1987 Mosaic Publishing released another election themed game, "Yes, Prime Minster", based on the popular satirical BBC TV show.