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Players: 3 - 4
Ages: 9 and up
Weight: 700 grams (estimated)
Average Rating: 4 in 5 reviews
I purchased Landslide with green stamps back in the 70's. My children and I spent many hours playing it and made many fun memories. After my husband died I moved to a new home and somehow the game got left behind or lost and I never found it. I do wish they would start making the game again.
I have spent the past two years tracking this game down after a friend of mine found the game in his basement. I remember playing the game in a fifth grade Geography class and loved it. It only took 6 of us (assembled into teams) a few minutes to have hours of fun over and over again! Should we gamble on a West state? I could be worth California's 45 or Idaho's 3! And, the addition of the covetted Politics cards makes the game very unpredictable! If you ever find a copy of this game (I found mine on E-bay), don't pass it up! Once you learn the mechanics of the game, it will be a hit for a long time with a few friends! Only negative to this game, it usually ends up taking at least two and a half hours and has even reached the four hour mark when we've played it. However, it's great fun!
Fantastic game from the 70's that attempts to reproduce the high-pressure, fast paced world of politics and the management of the electoral college. You play a candidate trying to secure enough electoral college votes (through luck, bargaining or coercion) to be elected Predident of the U.S. If you play with a group, you'll be too busy trying to ruin each other's political careers to realize how much you are(subconciously) learning about the process. Simple rules and fast gameplay add to the enjoyment.
Positives: You can actually learn a little about the electoral procedure, especially if you know nothing about the process to begin with. They have simplified the specifics to allow for gameplay. When I can convince my friends to play, we have a lot of fun. The betting system for winning states can lead to some funny situations, especially with the 5,000,000 votes card, a card which can also allow those players who are behind to try to catch up.
Negatives: Sometimes, the rules are just a little too simplistic. Also, those falling behind due to luck can lose heart, and the remainder of the game becomes pointless to them. The 5,000,000 votes card finding its way to the same person repeatedly essentially ends the game. They say you can play with 3 or 4 players, but don't play with 3. You need four to make the game work the way it should. There is a definite lack of replayability, especially without a good amount of time between games.
Verdict: Not that I think you could find this game anywhere, but pick it up. It makes for an interesting diversion every half a year or so.