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Review: Mindjolt's U.S. Presidential Games Part 1

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Mindjolt has a great selection of fun and funny games featuring American politicians. Can you help ex-president Bush dodge a constant onslaught of shoes? Or maybe you would rather help President Obama fight his way to presidency...Street Fighter style?

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    Mindjolt's U.S. Presidential Game

    Web Game developers have a pretty good sense of humour when it comes to politics. It is no big surprise then, with all the controversy over the 2008 US presidential elections, that a great selection of games featuring the electoral candidates or ex-president George W. Bush popped up. For some reason, no matter how simple or complex the game, it is just that much more fun when you're playing a cartoon politician, whether you like that politician or not. No matter what your political view, no matter what country you're in, you'll get a good laugh out of these games.

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    Bush Wars Last Episode: Attack of the Shoes

    One famous George W. Bush moment was at a surprise press conference in Iraq where one of the reporters took off his shoes and Bush Wars threw them at the president. This was only thirty seven days before president Bush was to step down as the US president. The incident was the top story on every news channel and website across the globe that evening. The president was unharmed by the shoes, and for the most, part people thought the incident was pretty funny. Inspired by that incident comes the insanely fun and fast game Bush Wars Last Episode: Attack of the Shoes!

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    Gameplay

    Bush Wars Game Bush Wars Last Episode: Attack of the Shoes is as simple as a game can get. There are two controls, the left and right arrow keys. You move the president back and forth avoiding the barrage of shoes that fly at him. Don't underestimate this game or dismiss it as too simple though. The game is very fast paced and, because of this, is very challenging. There are no tricks or tips. This is purely a reflexes game, you just have to keep moving as fast as you can, helping Bush avoid as many shoes as possible. With every hit you take your life bar goes down. Once it is empty the game is over.

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    Graphics and Sound

    The graphics in this game are great. I love cartoon styled games, and what could be better than playing a goofy looking cartoon president Bush? A lot of care and attention was put into the look of the game, ensuring that it mimicked the actual scene where the real president Bush had a reporter's shoes chucked at his head. The audio in Bush Wars is, unfortunately paltry in comparison to the great graphics and engaging gameplay. There are only two sounds in the game, the sound of a show being thrown and when the shoe connects with the president's head or face.

    Head over to page 2 and check out the cartoon dance stylings of Barrack Obama

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    Dance with Obama

    Dance with Obama Dance with Obama is a fun little dance dance revolution clone developed by Noox.in. In this game you make Barrack Obama bust a move on the screen as you keep rhythm using the arrow keys. Although Dance with Obama is fun at first, the Pres only has four dance moves, one for each arrow key. With such a limited amount of moves, this game can get boring pretty quick. Hopefully, if Noox.in make future versions, there will be more dance moves, more than one stage and more than one song. In my opinion, it is a fun game, but there is not enough to the game to keep people playing it.

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    Gameplay

    To be good at Dance with Obama you will need a good sense of rhythm and quick fingers to manoeuvre the arrow keys. There are four lines on the right of Obama representing each arrow key, the notes fall from top to bottom on each line. When they reach the bottom you must hit the corresponding key to make Obama dance and get points. Bonuses can be made by completing more than one move in a row. The more moves you complete in succession the higher the bonus. Like Bejeweled Blitz, this game only has a limited amount of time to get points, in this case the duration of the games song.

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    Graphics and Sound

    Despite the games obvious shortcomings I have to admit that it looks and sounds really good. There is just something fun about Dance with Obama Game watching a cartoon politician like Obama do something goofy like ridiculous dance moves. The graphics in the game are very detailed and they flow well. Even the game's only song is good, there just needs to be more of it. The end result is that I hate giving this game a poor review. I'm forced to however, because although it's fun, looks good, and sounds good, there needs to be more to this game than there is now.

    On page 3 Barrack Obama transforms from dancer to a lean, mean, fighting machine!

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    Election Madness

    Of all the politically themed Mindjolt games, Election Madness is by far my favourite. This game is freaking hilarious! In Election Madness Election Madness you choose which US Electoral candidate you would like to play, Barrack Obama, Hilary Clinton, or John McCain. Then you battle the other two opponents in combat for the right to be president! Each politician has their own basic and special moves that they can use to lay the smack down on their fellow contender. Each move is funnier than the last from Hilarys golf swing, to McCains butt check. There is a story mode and a versus mode to challenge your friends.

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    Gameplay

    Each presidential candidate has four basic actions which you can use by hitting the Q, W, E and R key. You can also use the A key to taunt your opponent and the S key to do a special move. During combat, items fall from the sky and you use the basic action keys to hit the items towards the other politician. Each combatant has a life bar shown at the top of the screen along with a blue bar that, when full, allows you to use your special move. Hitting your opponent with these items brings down their life. You beat your opponent by emptying their life bar. In story mode you become president by beating both of the other candidates.

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    Graphics and Sound

    Election Madness Game Election Madness looks and sounds awesome in every aspect. This game should be a benchmark for developers in regard to the amount of detail that should go into the graphics, music and sounds in a browser game. Each character looks great, each movement is smooth. The game uses a great colour palette that makes Election Madness easy on the eyes. Election Madness also has awesome music. From the techno on the load page, to the fight music, to the disco that closes the game, each song was well chosen and suits its scene. This game gets two big thumbs up in every aspect.