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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.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2012
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About the 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
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 products in account
1 review
146.8 hrs on record
If you have an interest in politics, american politics, campaigns or election then at £2.79 you'll get your money's worth in no time. If you love any of those things previously mentioned, you'll get your money's worth tenfold, and then some. I have seriously enjoyed this game and even though I've played with nearly every candidate and turned every states party loyalty upside down, I don't think I'm anywhere near done yet.

Best played with a good few hours set aside and go for the 121 weeks campaign. You can smash it, even on a high difficulty you can turn California red, or Texas blue and it's great fun going for the 50-state victory!

Constructive feedback: What I'd really like to see from the game is for it to contain more Real-time Strategy. Give my candidate a press crisis mid-game, give me more options to work the media, voters, PACs, etc. Nevertheless, I am really looking forward to 2016, for numerous reasons! Stardock will always contain a special place in my heart because of PM 2012 <3
Posted: May 5th, 2014
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
219 products in account
16 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
Couldn't ban Dihydrogen Monoxide, 0/10.

On a serious note, the game is pretty fun to play, but you can only be Democrat/Republican.
Posted: June 9th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Evil midget leprachaun knight and Barrack conquered Californa From a Massive robot... And Hiliary Clinton

"Best game 2018" -IGN

"10/10" -Metacritic
Posted: June 10th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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1 review
4.1 hrs on record
10/10 would elect again
Posted: June 8th, 2014
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1.5 hrs on record
You can make emperor palpatine 10/10
Posted: June 9th, 2014
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
70 products in account
6 reviews
25.7 hrs on record
This is only good for people who are iterested in American politics. If you don't care about politics, do not buy this game. If you are, you can get a couple of good sessions out of it here and there.
Posted: January 4th, 2014
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