The Political Machine 2012
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Do you have what it takes to be president?
Play as more than 20 candidates including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or create your own candidate from scratch.
Players take to the campaign trail against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet. The goal: win the hearts and minds of America’s voters to achieve victory in the 2012 presidential election.
The Political Machine 2012 features updated political topics from across the United States. Issues such as Afghanistan, the economy, Obamacare, income inequality, gay marriage, and the national debt have been integrated into the game’s election database. Regional issues require the candidate to walk a tight rope between appealing to the widest range of voters and appearing to “flip flop.”
Make your run for the White House as a famous politician or create your own.
Take a stance on the issues, stretch the truth, or smear your opponents!
Travel around the United States in your bid to win electoral votes.
Outwit interviewers and win the favor of voters.
Entertaining View on PoliticsConorEngelb | 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.
An entertaining game which shows you how American elections workdarkyhbk | 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.