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Super POTUS Trump
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Thank God they did not create a sequel titled "Super POTUS Biden". 2021 and 2022 have been a stressful year, you know!
Genre(s): Role-playing
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
iOS
Release: Microsoft Windows
August 8, 2017
iOS
September 11, 2017
Developer(s): Emerson Design, Inc.
Publisher(s): Emerson Design, Inc.


Super POTUS Trump is a role-playing game developed and published by Emerson Design, Inc. As the title implies, it is based on and stars the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the events that led to him being elected president.

It was released on Steam on August 8, 2017. An iOS version was later released on September 11, 2017. There were apparently also plans for an Android version, but those seem to have been scrapped as of this writing.

Why It Sucks

  1. Only the first battle in the game is free to play, with the other 5 being locked behind a Full Game Unlock paywall. Health and money upgrades are also locked behind this paywall.
  2. It was clearly made to pander to people’s nostalgia for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, which the game’s art style and combat system are deliberately based on. Even Crooked Hillary, the final boss of the game, wears an outfit that bears a strong resemblance to Sir Grodus from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  3. The animations are very stilted and janky, one example being when Trump eats either a bucket of chicken and/or steak when it is selected, he doesn't open his mouth as he eats them.
  4. Battles can be slow, repetitive, and tedious.
  5. Very unfair AI. Your opponent will sometimes avoid your attack without warning, and if it's a physical attack (such as jumping), you take damage instead!
  6. Enemy attacks are very unbalanced, sometimes not doing much damage to almost fully depleting your HP.
  7. The only things that you fight in this game are bosses, making it feel more like a Boss Rush game than an RPG.
  8. There is no way to block enemy attacks, unlike in Paper Mario, where blocking is often tied to an action command.
  9. Some battles require you to do some sort of gimmick (in the second battle, for example, the game expects you to beat the two enemies with bricks), but most of the time, you can just spam the jump attack to win.
  10. None of the bosses really have any unique strategies to them. The only difference in terms of difficulty between them is that later bosses get more health and deal more damage.
  11. The two healing items (Chicken and Steak) can only be used once per battle.
  12. Lame sound design. Pretty much every attack uses either the same stock punching or poking sound.
  13. Some of the boss battles are both awkward and don't make any sense. For example, Battles 3 and 4 have you fighting parodies of Donald Duck (as a protester) and Iron Man (who represents Hollywood) respectively, who have barely anything to do with Trump (it is probably meant to refer to some protesters who'd dress as Donald Duck to mock Trump's given name and actor Robert Downey Jr. who is openly against Trump).
  14. The soundtrack is incredibly generic, consisting primarily of bland chiptune music.
  15. The game is very short, as there are only six battles in the game, no towns to visit, and the only thing you can do outside of battle is change outfits and hats as well as buy new ones with the coins you get after winning battles.
  16. Some achievements, such as the “Winning Coins” achievements, require heavy amounts of grinding.
  17. Very unbalanced difficulty.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The “Full Game Unlock” is pretty cheap ($0.99 on iOS and $1.99 on Steam).
  2. The idea is interesting but executed poorly.
  3. Before each battle, there is a link you can click that will take you to a video that teaches the player more about the events that inspired it.
  4. It at least tries to emulate the feel of the pre-Sticker Star Paper Mario games as closely as possible, even if it does fall flat.

Reception

The game currently has a "Mixed" rating on Steam reviews, with 58% of the reviews being positive.

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