The game is set in 1990 and the player must deal with events relating to that time in the beginning of the simulation. The Berlin Wall has just fallen. Iraq is just beginning to muscle in on Kuwait. How will the President respond? Economic sanctions? A covert assault? An all out nuclear attack? Several advisors (many of whom bear a striking resemblance to members of the elder George Bush’s cabinet) are at the player’s disposal, always ready with advice and opinions. In the end, however, it all comes back to the President himself and the player holds future of his presidency, and the future of the whole world, in his mouse-hand.
Shadow President puts the player in the hot seat – behind the desk at the Oval Office. Taking on the role of the United State’s highest elected official, the player becomes responsible for nearly all aspects of governance, domestic and across the globe. Through an interactive world map and simple point-and-click control screen, the player gains access to a rich reticulation of statistics and conditions which determine the status and current situation of every country in the world.