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Video Game / Yes, Prime Minister

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Yes, Prime Minister is a Simulation Game and Interactive Fiction game with graphics that was released in 1987 for Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro, and ported to DOS systems in 1988.

The game gives you a week in the life of the British Prime Minister. But not just any Prime Minister, this game puts you in the shoes of Prime Minister James (Jim) Hacker from the classic BBC television comedy Yes, Prime Minister.

Much like most political simulations, you must balance your popularity with the needs of your party, the meddling of foreign governments, and the small minded incompetence of the civil servants that surround you. All of this is played out with multiple choice dialogues between Hacker and the other cast members of the series (complete with lo-res digital pictures). The dry humor of the show abounds as you must deal with crises such as the French refusing to continue work on the channel tunnel until Waterloo station is renamed. Fans of the show will recognize much of the material and non-fans should still find enough laughs to keep them interested.

Now Abandonware, available for download here.

This Video Game contains examples of:

  • Deadpan Snarker: This is a game based off of a British TV Series, and the British are known for dry humour.
  • Distracted by the Luxury: The correct answer to one puzzle is for Hacker to offer his daughter Lucy a fur coat. It's a very non-obvious answer, since her only appearance in canon is as an animal-rights activist, but the game explains it as a Xanatos Gambit: If Lucy rejects it, Hacker will get praised for offering her a valuable gift, and Lucy for staying true to her principles. If she accepts it, it'll prove her principles aren't as strong as all that.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Hacker plans to give a publicity contract to Public Relations And Telecommunications Services.
  • Not In My Back Yard: In one sequence, the chief of the Electricity Board makes a request for a new nuclear power station to be built. If Hacker decides to build the plant, he's told it will be built at Fowey, where he has family, and promptly rejects the idea. If he turns the plant down on safety grounds, the chief says that he'd be happy to have one built in his back garden... only to backpedal immediately when Hacker takes him at his word.
  • Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names: Hiram P. Goldbladder