Reviews for The Political Machine 2012

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Entertaining View on Politics

ConorEngelb | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Turning politicians old and current into glassy-smiled bobbleheads, the Political Machine offers a good satirical view of American politics. You need to balance your stance on various topical issues with your campaigning funds in order to win states over to your side, and defeat your opponent at the polls.

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An entertaining game which shows you how American elections work

darkyhbk | July 6, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

The Political Machine 2012 is more or less the same game Stardock released 4 years ago. You choose a candidate and you spend the following weeks going from state to state, trying to get voters on your side. The mechanics are easy to understand, but it takes a while to master them. Everything you do cost money, whether you build a Campaign HQ, release a TV Ad in order to attack your opponent, or just simply fly from Texas to Illinois. You need to plan your budget carefully, because money is pretty scarce. Some gets added after each turn, but if you're too low, you won't be able to do much. You need to learn when a more expensive campaign is needed, and to spend the money wisely, only when it makes a difference. Otherwise, you can give simple, free speeches in order to attract undecided voters, or to convince people from the opposite party that their candidate is not good enough. You can tackle a number of present day issues, from Government spending to Obamacare and Environmental issues. You can also attend TV interviews, where you must chose your answers carefully, hire different staff members and send them all over the map to do their work, and also get endorsements from a number of organisations, which may benefit your campaign one way or another. The graphics are cartoonish and they blend well with the soundtrack, even if the latter does get a bit repetitive. This is certainly a solid game that is good fun and also provides you with an insight of USA's current issues. However, it is too much the same game it was 4 years ago for me to appreciate it just as much.