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.
User reviews: Mixed (47 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 1, 2007
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"Imagine you got the chance to solve all your country's problems by implementing goverment programs. This is for hardcore policy-wonks who hate graphics."


“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”

“ 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

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
Helpful customer reviews
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Mixed feelings. Game is pretty basic with no real gameplay just a lot of micro managing, however I have found myself losing hours at a time trying to create the perfect country in this new world.
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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Overall 5/10

- 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.

- 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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
In the two hours I played this game it crashed no less than five times.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Had been looking for a long time for this time of game... Came out better than expected. Really great game.
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7 of 17 people (41%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Democracy 2 is a ♥♥♥♥ game. Like anything made by Cliff it is overloaded with his broken world view, and petty elitism.

The game is just responses and sliders so this contaminating has produced a game in his world vision completely disconnected from any reality and punishing to those that don't fit in his twisted vision.

So like any game this devolves into a struggle between wanting to play as you would like while being forced into the petty confines of the creator. It feels like grabbing a sandbox games only to run into invisible walls at the beginning
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
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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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I guess I have to give this game a negative review! It's *such* a cool idea, and the implementation is smart: nodes showing problems, issues, and policies, connected by red and green lines that show how they're related to each other. But this game needed a lot more testing. I dare anyone to get reelected in Zambeezia; you start out terribly unpopular and simply can't get enough people to join your party in four years, and unaffiliated voters mostly do not vote. There are strange omissions ranging from "CO2 emissions apparently do not affect air quality in this universe" to "I have no tools to fight terrorism other than military spending." And maybe weirdest, it seems that my voters' and ministers' opinion of the issues is absolute, not relative. That is, if a country starts out very un-capitalist, I can do nothing but pass capitalist policies and still get resignation threats from my capitalist ministers, because capitalist voters hate me. (One wonders whether they've seen the opposition party's policies!)

And, you know, fair's fair -- it's a one-man studio, and this is a pretty awesome game for one person to have made. If I'd made it I'd be pretty pleased with myself. But I really can't recommend it as a commercial product unless you're interested in game design, where this game has various good and bad lessons to teach. Extensively modded, it might be salvageable. As-is, no.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Fun little game, although hard to master (or so it seems). I can potentially see it becoming repetitive in the long run, but it's quite attractive for short playing sessions, if you're into politics.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
As a national government simulator with a relatively minimal UI, I recommend this game on sale for Sim buffs. For me, its intricacies outweigh any complaints that I have of its shortcomings. I got this instead of Democracy 3 because I heard that the only difference is a cleaner UI and not much else.
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11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
It takes the award-winning visuals of Dwarf Fortress and the excellent gameplay of the "terrible flashgame" genre of gaming and merges them to become a truely god awful game. I honestly don't know how I managed to kill 19 hours playing this. Its.. so shallow. And easy. Nothing you do really seems to have any weight on the world. And terrorist groups kill you and bomb your nation every five seconds. Like, really? Really? I have military spending, spy satillite networks, armed police, CCTV cameras, but I still get bombed by terrorists. Its unavoidable. You can't NOT be bombed by terrorists. And besides that, there is no creativity in this game. There a few policies that are the best, and you implement them and no matter what country your leading, it becomes a first world, technologically advanced nation. There is no strategy what so ever. Not to mention its glitchy and bugged. There are all sorts of resolution and interface bugs that make the game feel sloppy and unfinished. 20 dollers for this game is highway robbery, spend it on something else, anything else.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
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. 7.1/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2013
The most political game ever, more than Vic 2 more than Hearts of Iron, more than EU3. THis is the freaking biggest, capitalists, socailists, debts every economic factor ever. Social policy. The extreme political game literally you can make any state, communist, anarchcal everything!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
A very limited challenge, even at hardest setting it's all too easy to win. Nice concept, but very limited content. Might keep you happy with its different political slant for a day or so. But don't expect much more than that. Recommended if picked up for a super bargain price, and you're happy paying for a single day's entertainment!
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12 of 24 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Overpriced, unbalanced, inflexible. This is a game that is over 4 years old now, and still costs 20 dollars. It's ridiculous! Second, many of the in-game options are unbalanced. I have been assassinated, by environmentalists, when I had a carbon tax and strong anti-pollution regulations. Most importantly, I find, the amount of actual changes you can make besides different degrees of neoliberal capitalism is very low. You can't have any kind of socialism(Social democracy is very attainable, but the closest thing to a leftist ideology in the game, and it's still capitalist.), you can't abolish the government, and limited government doesn't work great either. You can't really have fascism either.

Even the sequel to this game(Democracy 3) is still plagued by many of these problems, but slighty less so. If you really want a game like this, just skip this one and get Democracy 3, but the entire series isn't the best, I find. There isn't a really high amount of replayability, either, it all gets to be the same pattern, for me. (Make some changes, keep budget balanced, some terrorist group gets angry, I get assassinated after about an hour of playing)

Can't recommend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
not bad 6.5/10
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