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Politics. I doubt there’s a more cutthroat aspect to American society these days, save reality television. But just because something has become a total mockery of itself and a kind of self-referential satire, that doesn’t mean it would make a fun video game. Fortunately Comedy Central’s Indecision Game is fun anyway. All the haw-haws are just icing on the cake.
Indecision is yet another combination of game types I never thought I’d see; political trivia, and Risk-like land mass domination. It’s freaking bizarre to be blunt, but that’s what also makes it feel so different. Each turn-based round is made up of a trivia phase and a voter placement phase. Trivia consists of three timed questions, with each correct answer earning a voter, and the player with the most correct answers wins an extra three. The loser gets a single “pity” voter. Then it’s on to placement, where the winning player gets to drop voters to claim states – each with their own required numbers - followed by the losing player. The process repeats until the “election” is over and a party (Democrat, Independent, Republican) is declared the winner.
It’s a simple sort of gameplay that keeps things relaxed and fairly friendly. Games are easy to start and turns only take a minute or two, leaving time for more rounds with other players or other tasks entirely. And win or lose players will gain experience in order to earn in-game cash to put towards hints, cheats, or avatar items.
The only real problem with Indecision is the same one that plagues every other asynchronous multiplayer game in existence: having to wait. There’s really no way around it, aside from possibly installing microchips that give an electric shock if someone takes too long. Activating push notifications and allowing players to resign helps, but it’s an unavoidable issue at times.
Indecision isn’t a complex game, and it’s not going to create political converts one way or the other, but it’s a fun distraction with a sense of humor. So saddle up, pick a party, and get to campaigning.