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By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

This political simulation game is hard to use.

Game Windows 2004
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Frontrunner's creators have simplified the political process so much that they've lost sight of what makes a good simulation game. Simulations allow kids to learn by seeing the consequences of their choices, but it's very difficult for kids to understand how their choices affect the outcome of the election. Exit polls track many factors, but the game fails to explain how much weight is given to each of these factors. The game also is difficult to control -- you can see what issues are important to a state, but you may have an opportunity to "own" a relevant issue and therefore sway voters.

Perhaps worst of all, much of the simulation is not very true to real life. For example, debates and talk shows are not contests of ideology or even political skill, but instead are confusing Mini games. However, teachers can easily manipulate Frontrunner to foster interesting discussions about use of political funds and how the electoral system works.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Lantern Games Inc
  • Release date: October 27, 2004
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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