Videogame Review

Reelect JFK

EW's GRADE
B

''President Kennedy was shot during today's motorcade but is in good condition with what the doctors are calling a superficial flesh wound.'' With those words, you're off on one of the most bizarre CD-ROM experiences yet: Reelect JFK. You play President John F. Kennedy, who, having survived an assassination attempt, has 50 weeks to find out who shot him, pass the Civil Rights Act, decide what to do about Vietnam, and win reelection. The characters are fictional (except for Bobby Kennedy), but the political analysis is surprisingly acute, and the Boston accents aren't bad. Where the disc trips up is in slow access speeds — you could drive a motorcade between lines of dialogue. Not quite history and not quite a game, Reelect JFK can't escape the faint, unsettling whiff of exploitation. B

Originally posted May 19, 1995 Published in issue #275 May 19, 1995 Order article reprints
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