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.
User reviews: Mixed (278 reviews)
Release Date: 31 Jul, 2012

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About This Game

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.”

Key Features:

  • 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2
    • Processor:1 GHz Processor
    • Memory:1 GBRAM
    • Graphics:64 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection, also to activate this game you must create a Stardock account while launching the game on Steam.
    • Additional:Minimum resolution of 1024x768
    Recommended:
    • Processor:2 GHz Processor
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Minimum resolution of 1024x768
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: 12 April
This is not a grand political simulator or grand strategy game. It is a very casual and simple campiagn strategy game with a tiny bit of depth and you have to do some work to win...

Multiplayer is DEAD. 100% achievers will struggle to finish because of the 2 MP required achievements, as you cannot do local multiplayer (idea for 2016?)

I got this deeply on sale, and around $1-2 dollars it is kind of fun, trying some of the crazy elections like Lincoln against Kennedy or Nixon against Clinton.

6/10 at $1, 3/10 at full price of $4
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: 7 January
I was Sarah Palin. I was beaten by obama, 49 states to 1. My 1 state: Alaska. Due to a magical misclick of spending 8 million on slander ads. Directed towards myself. Soon after feminists had fallen, and Obama unleashed a new type of super soldier.... The Chris Brown-Inator. (Paten Pending).

Unfortunately, They had defeated us. The secret world order known as Palins' Soulsisters had fallen thanks to the Barracktastics. Murika' is now a urban reality tv show. R.I.P, Murika'

on another note.

10/10 I lost due to Feminism -IGN
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: 5 January
To be honest, I'm mixed about this one, whilst It's really good at capturing the concept of a presidential race, what with negative commercials about your opponent, endorsement from political groups such as the NRA, the game is really well put together, and actually is rather fun and at times, challenging.

That being said, it's rather short, what do I mean by that? Well, I've only played 4.5 hours and I think I've seen every aspect of it so far, yeah, it's not really that long a title, but I'm not going to talk ♥♥♥♥ about it because of its length, I'm just a bit aspiring that a future installation of this will consist of more content.

So, that being said, I'll start explaining what the game is.

You play as a Political candidate from either the Republican or Democratic US parties, the issue here is that there are only two Political parties; limiting the amount of candidates they can have, there are a lot of independent candidates that they could've included into a third party in this game, but they didn't.

Anyway, you can play as anyone from Joe Biden to Thomas Jefferson for the 2012 presidential election, with issues ranging from Obamacare to ICBM defense shields.

You can even create your own candidate, and they do it rather freely and well, for example, if any other company produced this game, they wouldn't let you Create a Candidate named Josef Stalin or Adolf Hitler, but here you can create Adolf Hitler as a Republican candidate and win the race with Running Mate Donald Trump

The game includes everything from media publicity to defaming advertisements, you can advertise how much Obama is against Obamacare, for example.

You can get yourself a little more dough and start fundraising, with States like California and Texas having the highest population and thus the highest amount of people willing to give you their cash so you can create TV ads denouncing Mitt Romney's opinion of Gay Marriage.

Travel to each state to increase your rating there, make ads and give speeches to increase your chance of winning and to increase your foe's chance of losing.

Choose your own running mate, wanna play as Joe Biden and have Obama be your Running mate? Sure pal, do your own thing.

However, the game is rather short, I've won the game on the hardest difficulty numerous times against the stock Candidates, it's rather simple, for its price it's worth it to some regard, but after you beat everything there's nothing left to do besides create Characters with stupid Last names, terrible appeal stats, and watch them go against a legitimate candidate and somehow lose every state including their own.

Do I recommend this game? Sure, but if you're surprised a majority of your time playing this game is spent making Josef Stalin take over the US rather than a legitimate situation, don't be surprised.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: 16 January
With its cartoon art style and hilarious writing, Political Machine allows you to play out your very own US presidential election. Either with an existing politician or a completely made up character, raise funds, hire activists, make speeches, run adds, slander opponents, and win big. Entertaining for laymen, but can become incredibly challenging when battling it out with friends. From a 35 minute rapid fire election to a week long political slug fest, the customization allows players to create the experience they want. A pleasant balance between political simulation and parody.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: 21 April
This is a fun strategy game. Being interested in politics... it can be worth a good 15-20 hours of gameplay. There is nothing like watching Ron Paul defeat Barack Obama in the general election.
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