On Tuesday, November 6th Americans will vote to shape the future of their country. Why wait? Start shaping your country's future now in Democracy 2.
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Overall:
Mixed (84 reviews) - 52% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 1, 2007

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“Adjusting and balancing policies is what makes Democracy 2 tick, and it’s astoundingly compulsive”
4/5 – GamesRadar

“I cannot emphasize enough how addictive this game is”
GamingShogun

“ If you’ve been looking for a superb abstraction of political operations, then Democracy 2 is definitely a game you should look at.”
6/8 – OutOf8

About This Game

Democracy 2 is the ultimate political strategy / simulation game. The game simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. As president or prime minister, it's your job to balance the need for income from taxes against the demands of the voters. Do you want your country to be an eco-friendly green paradise? Or a capitalist utopia? Will you pander to the patriots, the liberals or the religious pressure groups? Can you keep crime under control without destroying the civil liberties of your citizens? And can you keep good diplomatic relations with other nation states?

Despite the complex simulation underneath, Democracy 2 is easy to pick up. An innovative user-interface shows the relationships between everything in the game just by hovering your mouse over an object. The game is 'turn based', so it's the ideal game for those who prefer an intelligent, thoughtful game.

The key to the game are the policy 'sliders' that let you adjust how your government runs. You can raise or lower taxes with a slider, or even adjust education policy, or workers rights in exactly the same way. This system makes for a game that is easy to learn and difficult to master.

Democracy 2 covers the whole range of political opinion and policy, from debates over stem cell research and school prayer, through the provision of state health care and benefit payments to the unemployed, right across to tax shelters for the wealthy, the death penalty, military spending and civil rights. Regardless of where you stand on political topics, you will have the option to take control of the government and put your ideology to the test.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 2.0
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any
    • Additional: Internet connection required for installation and authentication
    • OS: Mac OS 10.4 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space
    • Additional: Internet connection required for installation and authentication
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Overall:
Mixed (84 reviews)
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Phoenix VII
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is a fun political simulator. Only complaint I can think of is that it encourages you to go to extremes on all the issues and doesn't really encourage moderation (basically, if you're going to anger a certain part of the electorate anyway, then the game doesn't discourage you from going all the way).

I've also heard some complaints that this game has a left-wing bias but I don't buy that. You'll get some bad events if you go full-blown socialist to the point of alienating your capitalists.
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Edutittam
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
If you have the demo you have the game.
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sam.duggan
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I never once got this game to load, There seems to be no support from the developer. Do not buy this game
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Sir Galahad the Pure
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Way too complicated to be a fun enjoyable indie game.
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Mediocre Ecuador
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
It's kind of like dust II when you're trying to call strats but everyone is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that don't listen to you.
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Bang Howdy
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
Great game.
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Ingall
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Good
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BiggyMcHugeLarge
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
Very fun and easy to play. It can be challenging but it does get boring after just a few hours of play.
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Macenn
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 14, 2015
Maybe not for full price but when on sale definitely worth a try.
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A germans sunday Jue horn
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 17, 2015
very boring and overly complicated.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
Overall 5/10

Pros:
- The idea behind it is good, you get to play a government and using different policies you try to get reelected while improving a country.
- Some concepts behind it are solid, both in terms of ecomics and social policies.
- It is easy to understand what each polciy does.

Cons:
- It is probably too easy to beat, just a bunch of algorithms to beat.
- There's only one way to "win" and that is pretty much going full "social democrat", nothing else seem to work.
- Very few scenarios.
- The consequences of some actions are totally off, like raising VAT to 70% and seeing your opinion rating go up.

I truly like the idea behind it, and I hope the author gets backing to develop it into 1) a real game, made by pros and 2) a more realistic simulation, but as it is now I cannot reccomend it.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Better as a lesson of how interconnected things are, and how quickly things can go stupid with just a few bad mistakes, than as a simulation of real politics. Still can prove quite fun til you figure out how to tweak the folks to get them to do what you want. At some point, it loses its charm, but you may have a bit more respect for your politicians by then, if you're not wondering why they haven't implemented all the policies you did to have a socialist utopia. 3/5
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Buyer beware - This game has limited functionality on Windows 7 & 8. You most likely will experience a display issue cutting off half the icons needed. It seems to be an issue related to widescreen displays. Changing the compatibility mode does not work for most either. Unless the developer manages to patch this and solve the UI issue, do not buy this game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
As president, I promised to raise national lifespan by 10% and improve air quality by 20%. I increase air quality by 50% and inprove lifespan by 6%, and then I lose the next elelction. "Voters are angry you didn't follow through with promises." Rage quit.

Anywho, it's a great game.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
I managed to create a socialist paradise by cranking up my GDP to the point where the bare minimum of taxes off of corporations paid for public education, transportation, healthcare, retirement pensions, the military, and basically everything else.

I created a socalist utopia through the magic of the free market and laissez-faire capitalism.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
It's kind of like dust II when you're trying to call strats but everyone is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that don't listen to you.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
A good concept, but poorly executed. If you want a political simulator, this is not the one to play. As for which one is... that I am less certain about. Either way, don't bother with this one. I wish I didn't. :(
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2012
When I bought this game I expected it to be dull - after all, this is a political sim. However, I didn't anticipate the other horrid aspects of this game. Although Democracy 2 is riddled with small problems that deter it from being a good game many of them can be overlooked - two of them cannot. The first of the two is the messy UI. It's more than user-unfriendly, it's difficult to navigate even after you've mastered the game which makes for a awkward gaming experience. The second of the two issues is a much bigger issue that keeps this game from realizing its potential. The policies you institute in game do not demonstrate logical cause and effect. Why does making alcohol, prostitution and narcotics illegal DECREASE organized crime? If anything this should create a blackmarket for the illegal goods and make organized crime GO UP! A lot of time went into this game, but it seems to lack the deep thought necessary to create a political sim. Don't buy this game - you'll be wasting money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Love the concept. The UI is bad, but I would be okay with it if the game was balanced. Starting scenarios are far too random. In the same scenario, sometimes I started with a $10Bn deficit which was manageable and fun, but several times I started with a >$40Bn deficit which needs almost all turns until the election to just correct, changes take too long and I found the game too difficult to be fun. Perhaps I need to change some parameters to make it work, but I think it is just bad game design overall. Really wanted to like this game
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Definitely a great game, but you have to fit the right niche. No flashy graphics to distract you, just a screen and some government policy options. It's pretty fun to try to build different types of countries, such as a socialist one or a pure capitalist democracy, or even try to model it after the style of leadership of an individual. It's your chance to create a country the way you see fit, so why not take it!
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