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: Mostly Positive (209 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 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
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
All about election campaigning ~ 6.5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Is it simple yes? Is it also fun and S4 YES
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
rather fun game !
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
أولا، اللعنة عليك. العالم لا تدور حول يحب ويكره الخاصة بك، وكنت على IMAGEBOARD عشوائي حيث يأتي الناس للنشر وعرض كل ما كنت في. ليست مصممة خصيصا لمصالحكم، وكنت الملاعين أناني.

ثانيا عقولكم مغلقة سخيفة ومروعة. مشيرا إلى الأشياء بأنها "غريبة" و "مثيرة للاشمئزاز" تجعلك تبدو غير مأهولة محمية الكلبات القليل الذين إما ليس لديهم فهم للواقع أو مجرد اخفاء مخاوفك حول محاريب الشخصية الخاصة بك. يكبر ويقبل أن كل من هو مختلف، وطالما انهم لا يؤذيك (وهو في هذه الحالة، وانهم لا)، لديك على الإطلاق أي حق لإملاء ما يفعلون أو يقولون (أو في هذا المنصب الحالة) .

تتحلون به من استحقاق هو مثير للضحك.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
its a good game easy the get the hang of .worth 4 bucks
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
♥♥♥♥ you Mitt Rommneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyretefvsd1@!111!!!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Very confusing and completely unplayable. The only amusement I got out of it was the interactive bobbleheads on the main menu. Not worth the full price.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Alright, this might take a second to explain.

I am really into politicts, and I am a big gamer. So when I saw this game, I was interested.
Let me start this off by saying I didn't get a big kick out of the customization, so. Just remember that.

As a video game, it can either be very hard, or pretty easy. A lot of things that have nothing to do with elections are included in the game mechanics, but otherwise it was fairly fun.

I could go on about this review, but I have video games to play, if you have the cash, or if the game is on sale, get Democracy 3 instead.
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Simply my favourite political simulation game ever. The 2008 version was slightly better in my opinion (with a campaign mode), but it is still awesome. Go fot it, you won't be disappointed.
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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Great Game. Love It!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The Political Machine 2012 is a board game styled, abstracted simulation of the whirlwind campaigning that takes place in the heat of the race for the White House. You select your candidate from a who's who list of presidential hopefuls and big name politicians from both parties (or create a fictional candidate of your own), pick your opponent from the other party, and then set out to win the election.The game is played on a map of the US with bobble-headed caricatures of the candidates serving as playing tokens. Each candidate has a certain amount of "stamina" which translates into the number of actions that he or she can take in a single turn.The Political Machine 2012 really is like a board game in that there aren't a lot of rules to the game but those few rules make room for a surprising number of different strategies. And those who equate simple with easy will probably be surprised at the tough fight put up by their political opponent at the game's higher difficulty settings.That being said, after a number of games a feeling of repetition does begin to set in. Although the novelty can be extended by randomizing things like state populations and hot button issues, this is still a game that probably won't stay a part of your regular game rotation.The game suffers from a few bugs, from the occasional random crash to a slowdown issue that has the game slowing to a crawl after you've played a couple of rounds. It's a lot of work to get into politics, but it's also a lot to try and turn it into a simulation for us to play at home. I would never say this game is a perfect simulation of anything, but it does a great job of being a simple, accessible simulation game even for people who aren't really into that type of game. Overall 6/10.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
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.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
You can make emperor palpatine 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Good Gameplay, fun costumization, I introduced this to my history teacher and we played it. 8/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
There is a metagame that turns it into an actually fun strategy game instead of just a wacky character creator president sim if you're willing to get past the learning curve the game doesn't really tell you about. Also I don't know if this is still in the game but when I played it you got to constantly bash Chick-fil-A which makes it the best game on Steam.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Evil midget leprachaun knight and Barrack conquered Californa From a Massive robot... And Hiliary Clinton

"Best game 2018" -IGN

"10/10" -Metacritic
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
i'd be a terrible president, but thats why i made the other guy look even worse.

really fun game, pick it up if there is even a slight interest in it ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
It isn't anything too special, and I wouldn't recommend it as training for an actual campiagn, but if you have any interest or knowledge of politics, it is fun and entertaining. So far, playing as different well known political characters is fun. I am Jefferson running against Mr. Washington (Im winning).
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
10/10 would elect again
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
i made george bush win the election against obama

10/10
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