Developer: Super Boise
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Election Day is upon us and while those heading out to the polls are determining which political party is most fit to lead America as we head into a new decade, Political Fury aims to answer a much more important question, which party is smarter? This simple quiz game pits opposing party members against one another to determine once and for all which political faction is ripe with super-geniuses and which is full of slovenly morons.

The first thing players must do when booting up Political Fury is choose their party affiliation. This is a critical step because every time you tap play you are matched up with a self-identified member of the opposing party. One of you is asked to select a category (topics include geography, politics, history and current events), and then players are asked a series of questions. First person to buzz in with the right answer wins a point, and the first to three points wins the round. The winner of the the match earns a point for their team, and Political Fury keeps a running tally of which party is in the lead. The whole setup is quick, simple and encourages users to play multiple rounds back to back. In short, it’s just what an app should do.

This brevity may actually be a bit of a liability though, as it’s impossible to extend a match beyond the first three. It would be nice to be able to schedule longer games, or even turn off the first-responder portion and allow any players who answer correctly to earn a point. Then again, compromise is rare in politics, so why should we expect any different in a game based on such?

Another minor gripe comes from the fact that the game requires you to identify yourself as Republican or Democrat, then stick with that designation throughout. If you’re a member of a third party or consider yourself Independent then you’re out of luck, just pick one side or the other and know you’re contributing to the cause of a party you sort of like, but not really. Again, the two-party setup makes sense for the sake of ease of score-keeping and the purity of the competition, but much like the way it works in government, this arrangement stifles a lot of voices. Who knows, it could be that Green Party members are the smartest of all, but we’ll never know because they’re folded into the Republican/Democrat division.

Political Fury is a fun distraction that gives you the chance for bragging rights should you be on the winning side. There are a few design choices that are mildly irritating, but other than that this is a solid app. At least if your favored candidate loses you can console yourself by proving you’re smarter than those other guys anyway.

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