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 (290 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 10 / 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 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
this gave my nightmares. 10/10 -ign
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Hitler beat Obama- 8/8 gr8- IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Like a board game. Play with friends it will be more fun
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