Discover the industry standard for geopolitical simulation of today’s world! In Masters of the World, the third incarnation of Geopolitical Simulator, play as the head of state of one or more countries and expand your influence across the globe.
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Release Date: Feb 5, 2014
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85% – GamePire (Deutsch)

75% – Der Stratege (Deutsch)

“if you want to become a world leader and experience what it is like trying to manage every intricate detail involved in being in charge, then Masters of the World is the game for you!”
75% – JumpToGamer (English)

About This Game

Discover the industry standard for geopolitical simulation of today’s world!
In Masters of the World, the third incarnation of Geopolitical Simulator, play as the head of state of one or more countries and expand your influence across the globe.

A totally unique simulation engine

The game engine, Geopolitical Simulator 3, includes over 600 data elements for each of the 175 playable countries and calculates their changes in real time throughout the game based on players’ actions. Some examples include popularity ratings, political relations, and economic exchanges between countries. Various organizations, including NATO, use the technologies in the Masters of the World simulator for education and training.

Over one thousand playable actions.At the country’s helm, the player/head of state can act in many areas: budget, taxation (nearly thirty types of taxes), currency, economy (over 130 economic activities), foreign and domestic affairs, defense, society, labor, health, social security, education, environment, transportation, culture, and more.

For each of these areas, numerous laws can be proposed and must be voted on by the Parliament in order to pass. For example: setting social welfare benefit minimums, changing the retirement age, developing atomic weapons in secret, subsidizing the auto industry, hiring teachers, defining the powers of unions, setting speed limits on roads, regulating prostitution, creating an international film festival, etc.

The player can also construct elements on the world map, which will change accordingly: nuclear plants, wind farms, military bases, pipelines, high-speed train lines, airports, and many more.

Every action has its consequences. Lobbies, social groups, and leading national and international figures will intervene if their artificial intelligence finds it necessary to do so (interviews with the press, resignations, protests, strikes, roadblocks, wars...).

To prevent tension, the player can meet with any figure, or address the media (over 8 hours of dialog in the game).

Thanks to its intelligence services, the player also has an entire arsenal of spies and “special” ops. For example, he or she can - at his or her own risk - reveal scandals about another political party, dismantle terrorist networks, sabotage a foreign infrastructure, have an opponent assassinated, etc.

As the head of the military, the player can move all of his or her units around the map from their actual bases during military conflicts.

International organizations (over 50 organizations included) play an important role. At the UN, for example, the player can denounce a nation in order to obtain the Security Council’s authorization for a military intervention. The player can also create his or her own organization.Lastly, in order to stay in power, he or she must actively campaign to make sure he or she is elected.

Playable scenarios

Twenty or so scenarios are included in the game, such as “American Fiscal Cliff,” “Israel-Iran Escalation,” “Organization of Rice Exporting Countries,” “European Budgetary Golden Rule,” “Building South American Pipelines,” “African Economic Boom,” “Third World War,” “Triple A,” and “Famine in Southern Sudan.”.

Multiple integrated options

  • Network multiplayer mode
  • Multi country mode to play several countries at the same time
  • Game settings: terrorist activities, natural disaster probabilities, reactivity of the people, war triggering
  • Real-time online player ranking
  • Integration of your own photos, logos, and names to make the game even more realistic
  • Interactive tutorial and constantly accessible help during the game
  • Have fun learning geopolitics with the QUIZ mode, which has over 3000 questions
  • Text and dialog 100% in English

Note about the DRM: it uses an automatic and seamless activation at the first launch, then it can be played off-line if needed. It allows unlimited activations on three computers at the same time, plus if needed to migrate for free to other computers. So you'll never have to pay twice for the same licence of the game. The system allows future and backward compatibility with game add-ons plus upcoming upgrades to sequels of the game and access to our newsletters subscription. This also offers possibility to players having bought previously on other sites to migrate on steam and keep their add-ons.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, Xp
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, Xp
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD with 512Mb RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: MACOX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: MACOSX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD with 512Mb RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
78.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
having played the previous buggy version on rise of nations I thought I might as well spend some more money and buy this game. As soon as I loaded up the game I realised its just the same as rise of nations but with the bugs sorted out.
But no, this game has got bugs as well.

To the developers: Try fixing your games before pretending to release another one ( thats the same ) just to take thousands of $$$$$$ away from people. No workshop becuase you can charge more money for mod support.

To anyone interested in this game, please dont do it. it looks slick but way too many bugs to enjoy it. STAY AWAY!!!
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
203.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Very fun if you are into the politics, and economics of a country, or if you want to try your luck as a dictator the choices are endless, but your rulership sure is,
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Just got the game in steam as a gift and i can't even activate it. Error 102. So im giving a down vote to steam until i get this game working.
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622 of 699 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
There's a double DRM, that limit your activation to only two graphic card, CPU, HDD, SSD, Windows change...
So basicly, you change a part or start the game with an HDD not connected but it was before, you lose an activation.

Say goodbye to your game if the company go bankrupt.

Double DRM on Steam help no way the devs other than killing the sale.

Avoid the game, say NO to double DRMs.
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310 of 359 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
Considering this game was released March 2013 I dont see how they can justify the price of £39.99, despite the updates this game has recived (even though they were quite spaced out), there are still many flaws and odd bugs that will crop up during gameplay.

If your into political / management games then its quite fun but dont even think about attacking anyone as your country will automatically hate you and you will lose the game.

The game still feels unpolished and slow especially when having played a country for 3+ years and as I said odd bugs will creep up like France having 99% of the worlds GDP?

This game does have it charms, I like playing as Equatorial New Guinea and trying to claim Africa but the games forces me to stop and start from scratch, It is fun when its working properly but those moments come rarely.

Wait for this to come cheaper, 75% off before you buy then try it. Otherwise just give it a miss, which is a real shame as I love these kinds of games. I got my fingers crossed for Supreme Ruler 1936 to be nice and polished for release this spring.
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218 of 273 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
Its an OK game and once they get this updated and remove double DRM then I will rerate.
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252 of 332 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
Was interested in this because of the early 90s game Shadow President and SuperPower series but this just doesn't pull it off quite right. I'd stick to Paradox grand strategy or possibly Supreme Ruler series over this one.
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100 of 116 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Game concept is great. Game execution not great. Anything more than $5-10 Game price: Not worth it. Now that I won it, I'll keep playing it, but it is really not as polished as it should be. I bought the add-ons. Examples: South Korea has a Vietnamese city called Saigon. US outstanding Debt is about half that of Germany. In reality US is about 17 trillion to Germany's 5-600 billion. The AI for war/conflicts is horrendously bad. Never leave the direction fo your troops to your general. Even when a country no longer exists your AI thinks the conflict is continuing. If a NATO member is attacked (i.e. Russian invasion of Poland), NATO doesn't mobilize. The number of interactions capable with leaders/advisors is extremely limited. Again, this is a great concept for a game. If it was polished and had more features I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 or higher. As it is right now it is like a 1.5 out of 5. The concept keeps you engaged, the gameplay doesn't. STRONGLY suggest you don't buy.
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163 of 215 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
Doesn't work. Access Violation on startup. Hope I can get a refund.
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77 of 97 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
This is my review of the game after being first scared off and close to not trying it. I enjoy it alot.

This is a Marvellous game for those people who are interested in Geopolitics, aren't looking for a quick Command and Conquer-styled game and enjoy running a simulated nation from top-down. It is important to emphasise that this is more of a simulator than a game. People who enjoyed Superpower 2 or are interested in a geo-political simulator will enjoy this game, but the game has a steep learning curve, and having an education helps.


Masters of the World - Geopolitical Simulator 3 is a simulator first and foremost. Whilst the simulator can be a game of tactics, it is much more than that. In this game, knowledge of the world and how government's run will help you understand how this simulator works. In the simulator you can play as any country in the world and run its affairs. The game has the nations as of 2013 and 2014, and the governments that run them with comical mimicks of the real-life leaders. Once you enter the simulator, you will have to face that country's problems head-on.

The game has 5 major areas: Politics, Economy, Military, Diplomacy and Trade. Each part is interesting and has different challenges and positives. You really need to balance each of them as each strain is interlinked with the other.


There are heaps of positives in this game that make me enjoy it, but here are my favourite 3:

- Depth of the simulator. The developers really made this so you have to think about the simular from an educated perspective. The simulator has 5 major areas has alot of you to go through, lots of details and statistics. For example, in the Economy you have to manage taxation, debts, budgets, and trade in order to make a better economy. Each of these are in even more depth, from tax on alcohol to organising trade contracts with different countries for profit, and to the economy split into Industry, Services, Agriculture, etc so as to represent your country's production. This is replicated in the areas of Politics, Military and Trade, but not really in the diplomacy field. You change these statisics by the actions you take.

- Simulated world events. The news really gives you an overview of what is happening in the world. The simulator simulates the status of the world's economy, politics and wars and this is always interesting in my opinion. I find even protests within country's I control represent to me issues that the nation faces (welfare dependency, police numbers, etc). This is a very interesting dynamic to the game.

- Cause and effect. Everything has cause and effect. For example, raising taxes makes more money but affects your popularity, the purchase power of your people, unemployment and other factors. Going to war can allow you to colonise, annex or integrate a country, but costs heaps of money (transporting soldiers, or sailing navies in reality isn't cheap!) and relies on positive public opinion.

There is much more, but those are my favourite three.


There is quite a few downsides to the game that need improvement. There has been alot of criticism for Double DRM in this game, but I never had any problems with it (as I can play it offline and no issues c/f Ubisoft games). Double DRM exists in heaps of games, where Steam protects the game from copying but the game producers also try to have it. This issue is a wide-ranging issue but I haven't had any issues with it. The other widely-criticised issue is only being allowed to install the game so many times. This isn't too much of an issue if you don't delete your games, and has been around for ages. If you have any problems, its been said that you just have to contact the company for remedy.

To be honest, much of the criticism of the game Re DRM and other hasn't been an issue at all for me. In terms of gameplay, here are the worst bits:

- Learning Curve.One of the hardest things for people in this game is the learning curve. My first 7 games were tragedies, I was either assassinated, kicked out of government or fled overseas because my people hated me. This, if you read the other reviews, is why others have then rated this game badly. Just because you might play a few games and fail doesn't mean its unplayable, it means you need to understand things better.

But this difficulty, while a reflection of the reality of making difficult policy decisions, is also something that may scare some people off who just want a quick game.

- Conflicts. Unlike other games, there are conflicts that erupt all the time across the globe. 90% of these conflicts are just skirmishes (North Korea bombing a South Korean island, city, etc) that doesn't erupt into a bigger war and stops at the skirmish. The other 10% is a major war, which results in either the colonisation/annexation/integration of another region, or a ceasefire. For example: I was in a big war besides USA, France, Mexico and Brazil v Venezuela. Venezuela blew up a US Nuclear Reactor on US islands in the Mediterranean. After much military manouvering and many failed US landings, 5 months later a ceasefire was signed.

This part of the game is 50/50. While it produces alot of fun to watch/be part of a war and brings a combat dynamic into the game most of the time, it can be quite tricky and doesn't really correctly simulate how often conflicts erupt.

- Broadcasts. The game could do without it, but it adds a comical feature to the game. Events allow your leader or others to give you briefings, tell you about events, United Nations speeches, etc. This is fun to listen to your advisors/other world leaders, but can be a bit repetative. You can turn this off though.

- UI. The Game's UI isn't very good. It is manageable, but because the game has alot of depth it can be difficult to easily switch from normal view to military view, to zoom in and to get the information you want on your screen quickly. It just takes a little more time and hence patience in my experience.


For a game made by indie developers, this is a great game. It is not made by a major developer, these guys have a small team but bring quite a big simulator that is overall enjoyable. Sure it isn't Europa Universalis 4, but it is a geo-politica simulator that does what in my opinion, is a good simulation. The geo-political simulator that is alot of fun,and very interesting It is especially enjoyable if you know your stuff (such as the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008, what made the Global Financial Crisis happen, what a tax actually is, etc etc). Definitely, coming from a university background, this game makes alot of sense and allows me to enjoy a global simulation where I can be any country. This game is more for the grand strategy gamer with some intellect, rather than the "where is my artillery and explosion" gamer.

I came to this game very skeptical, and was close not to buying it. I read the negative Steam reviews and thought, well, why should I try it if its -so- bad? I contacted the developers and told them that I'm uncertain about the game. I decided to buy it and haven't regretted it as someone who is interested in geo-political issues and likes grand strategy games. As one of the original purchasers of Superpower 2, this game reflects the fun I had in that game.

Furthermore, success in this game is in the eye of the beholder. One of my most successful games was playing as Australia, where I was able to make a budget surplus, and start to pay off my debt. With surplus I built stadiums, theatres, airports, and a larger army that I used to take over different Pacific islands and colonise them.

Overall, I would give this game 8/10. Contact me if you have any questions :)

It isn't the best game out there, but in a limited market for these types of games its good.
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57 of 74 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
Ok, first things first, this game is fun. Since political simulation games are a rare species, and this is one of the few of them, I normaly would recommend it to everyone who likes this type of games. You really have to work to have your plans work out, no matter if it's economic grow, demographics or military expansion. Especially the latter is hard to achieve, since you have to fight bad publicity both internationaly and intern. The gameplay is very deep and it's very challenging to achieve your goals.

The graphics are decent. Not good, not bad, but still enough for this type of game. As for sound, that's ok too. I dunno if it's a bug, but I hear the music of other games while playing this one (Distant Worlds).

The only reason why I don't recommend it is the simple fact that it has DRM. So you're not only limited to buy it on Steam here, but also have limited activations and... hell, I just hate DRM. Way to go, thank you Eversim. Unfortunatly I haven't read it, else I wouldn't have thought about buying it.

So, summerized:

Decent Game, a little buggy, but fun. I'll give it a 7/10, because I like the genre and since this game is a rare specimen... and subtract 7 points for the DRM. That's 0/10 for you, until the DRM is patched out. As soon as that is done, I'll make a recommention.
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48 of 62 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Pretty terrible. Besides basic graphical elements missing like mouse scrolling of the map, the economic modeling/decision making is aweful. Interest rates and trade contracts? Really? That's essentially it? Sure it's fun to buy essetentially useless tanks and power plants for a decade while you watch your economy/budget freefall every time. Even the IMF is unrealistic--as Turkey they forgave me 300m in debt just because I was running a budget surplus. Their message was basically here's your reward for balancing your budget...what? The IMF in reality will only forgive debt they know they're never get back anyway. If you can pay, they'll take every bit they can get. Lastly, political instability is a joke. Playing as several African nations in sequence, I was overthrown by the healthcare syndicate (WTF?!?,) forced out of office while I had 100% popularity, had two military coups, and was conquered by Ethliopia (granted playing a Somolia) ALL WITHIN THE FOR 30 DAYS OF GAMEPLAY!!! Well, wasted $50 here writing this only so others can avoid the same thing. Go buy a Paradox Interactive game for a lower price and get a polished, fun game...and not have a bunch of doctors run you out of office when you have all the guns...
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50 of 66 people (76%) found this review helpful
378.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
I highly recommend this game for anyone who is a political geek.

The game is extremely in-depth. It goes from well-known laws like freedom of speech/demonstration/religion to tiny aspects you'd never see in a geopolitical simulator; blood toxicity level, driving age, maximum age for school, and speed limits on trunk roads, city roads, and highways. It also has a very realistic atmosphere to it. Setting aside the fact the map and characters look like 90s era games, it gives the game a feel no other geopolitical simulator has given me; realism. It goes from setting meetings with political figures and world leaders, to having small talk and influencing well-known figures in your country to vote for you or support your bill publicly. When a law doesn't pass through, a reform can be made. Adding laws into this reform that is bipartisan will increase the chances of it being passed. More features include asking nations for authorization to build a pipeline through their territory, building pipelines for oil or gas, detailed trade agreements that allow you to set the price, quantity, and duration of the agreement (Example: Russia's Natural Gas Agreement with China that will last for 20 years), the game also allows the construction of various buildings or transportations like oil and gas pipelines, high-speed trains, nuclear power plants, oil rigs, gas and oil fields, and even increasing the number of hospitals, homes, schools, or solar fields. The game also has a very complicated economic system. I have been having trouble with it, but I did have some success as Jordan earlier. Continuing on, the game is very recent. It isn't like SuperPower 2 where it was created just before the NATO expansion or the break-up of Serbia and Montenegro, but it was released in 2013, meaning it has the world's youngest country, South Sudan. The game features terrorist groups in every country, ranging from the Mafia to Total Jihad groups (Al-Quaeda). You have the options to infiltrate the groups if they live in your territory, to funding them with weapons, money, and 2 semi-trucks with rockets and explosives if they are in other countries to help them take down that country's government. But if you do this, you have the chance to be caught red-handed. And this will transfer into the news, and Parliment will impeach you. I suffered that while playing as Russia and funding New Zealand terrorists. The game offers so much detail to their options, like adding more medical staff and adding more police staff. You can also investigate politicians and well-known citizens to reveal a scandal to use against them, to spying on heads-of-state or countries to find evidence that will gain the approval of the United Nations Security Council and allow military action against the country. Which brings me to the Organizations of the game.

The game has made Organizations possible, which bring various or all world organizations into the game including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, European Union, and North American Free Trade Agreement. It then gives you the option to create your own Organization, allowing an Economic Market (NAFTA), Producing Countries (OPEC), Monetary Union (EU), and Political-Military Organization (NATO). This then allows you to choose members states, the budget, the voting system, the secretary general's holding of the seat, and who the secretary general is. You can then meet to set the prices of the product, make changes, etc. Like with OPEC, you can propose to change the average oil price. You can also launch reelection campaigns, even visiting the Olympics, military barracks, and universities. Instead of a SuperPower 2 style diplomatic relations, there are two types of relations. First is economic. Just because the country does not favor you does not affect trade relations. Second is military, allowing certian permissions like allowing air, ground, and naval bases in your/their country while considering the amount, allowing you to edit this at any time via meetings with head-of-state. Diplomatic relations come with various things, like managing embassies, allowing nationals to enter or leave, and forcing ethnic Israeli's living in Lebanon to return. Lastly, the game makes it perfectly with this.

As all military and geopolitical games have, the feature nuclear weapons. Naturally, this game has them. But for the first time, you need to go through politics when proceeding with a nuclear attack. First, you must authorize the use of nuclear weapons. Second, you must make a meeting with the Chief of the Army. Third, you must ask him to authorize the use of nuclear weapons. Forth, you must ask him for the code for the nuclear weapons. And the game never remembers it, You actually need to write it down. Lastly, enter your code when firing nuclear missiles. But in this game, it features something never seen in any game I have played - Chemical and bacteriological weapons. You can actually use the weapons hated internationally. Though it is almost difficult to use them, you need to have a high standing with the chief of the army. Authorize the use of chemical and bacteriological weapons, ask him to authorize their use, and if he allows it, you can freely launch chemical attacks against anyone. Beware - Using nuclear, chemical, and bacteriological weapons are EXTREMELY frowned upon domestically and internationally. If used, you will be thrown out of office, and if not that, the UNSC will send a resolution to authorize military intervention.

Overall, the game is very fun. So far, I have not run into any major bugs like crashes or gameplay interventions. Only bug I have notices was on the Newspaper where it was supposed to say the President of Russia's name, but showed random lettering or coding. I rate it 8/10. If you love geo-political games and have major interests in politics, this game is perfect. Besides the 90s looking interface, no game has ever gone so in-depth. Many offical reviews say the same.
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38 of 59 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
This game is a nearly total waste of money. It plays like 1995 and runs even worse. My laptop will not run it (Lenovo y510p) and 2 machine activation means installing it on anything else sucks up the 50 bucks I was dumb enough to drop on this game. It has changed my steam practices, as getting a refund from them for a game that won't work is impossible and the customer service for this game is pretty much pointless.

I wish I never would have bought this.
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34 of 52 people (65%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
Besides the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ protection and the fact the modding tool requires a further $16.95-21 to obtain, this is probably one of the most expensive games out there. Even though I do want to support them... this is not cheap for me.
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29 of 43 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Ummmm. Well it isn't worth $50. I had an approval rating of around 90% but was still deposed???? how can you be loved by your people but still have massive protests? This game rewards you for doing nothing. because as soon as you try to change something you are on your way to getting kicked out. Don't buy, at least not until they fix the realism issues with this game.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
186.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2014
ok so first i was in doubt because all of the bad review but i´m so glad that i bought this game. i was looking for the real thing and i can say i found it.

if you are looking for amazing graphics then this is NOT your game.
if you are looking for massive battles to just conquer the world easily... this is NOT your game go buy something like AoE.
but if you want a game where every action has a consecuence, where taking power is not easy, where staying in power is not easy, where you need to think far beyond the easy gathering of resources, then you have found the game.

this game is so serious is almost crazy. even in the tutorial you can mess it up really bad.

let me say this clearly enought... if you are dumb in political knowledge and ecomics you may want to rethink it before buying a GEOPOLITICAL simulator, good news is that there are links inside the game to teach you, so youll learn a lot.

another thing to mention is that most of the bad comments on the games are not even related to the game and for $50 bucks i think the game is worth it, and if people buy it there should be no reason for the company to close. as for the bugs they reported i have not encounter any of them so far.

do i recommend it? yes, i do. go ahead try to stay in power.
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28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
This product is so bad it's a scam.

It's worthless for gaming and education. It's riddled with bugs. The "help" files are links to Wikipedia pages about real life (if you don't crash). There are a number of screens and windows that require obscure workarounds to even operate, and often "forget" the things you've done. Windows you're working in randomly close. Values randomly change. Other world leaders offer you contracts that they can't fulfill, and reject the contract after you accept it. Notices from advisors are substanceless and repetitive - they do not have dialogue options that are meaningful, and you are still left with just as much information as you had before. There is no history of your actions, or previous values for anything. Some screens won't even display the correct current values. You cannot expedite the passing of laws even in the worst autocratic nations, and people will revolt while it's being passed for three weeks.

This game is a J-O-K-E. If it were implemented in a spreadsheet instead, and free, I might play it at work for like five minutes or so. This is awful and I want my money back because the developer doesn't deserve it. This isn't even something one department or a couple of people could be responsible for. It takes the fail of multiple departments to create something this bad, and then charge $50 for it. They probably also fired the few competent people they did have working there, just before they realized they did still need them.

Other things you can do with $50:
Dinner and drinks for yourself and a date <3
Order pizza for a large group of friends
Buy three or four better indie games
Pay your internet bill
Send your mother flowers
Movie tickets for four
Drive to Denver and back
Buy a mouse that lists the amount of DPI on the box in bold letters because it has the most of them

Do you see what you've taken? This represents an entire day's work for most of us. I want recompense for this, for all of us, and I have a solution: Customer Service. All of you (especially upper management) will provide telephone customer service for your game. We will call you and ask you "Hi, how many more dog catchers do I need to prevent the Cat Lovers Society from revolting?", or "Whassa wi qua you *hiccup* and *jarbled static* ha ha right?", or "I'm trying to initiate a trade embargo on India and I need a graph of global imports and exports overlayed for the following commoditites...", and you will administratively access our game clients and provide this information to us in real time. Also, if you could just turn the pages of the newspaper for me that would be really helpful.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
First impressions:

Masters of the World - Geopolitical Simulator 3 (quite the title we got there) is, well, a geopolitical simulator. It is a lot of fun to play, but don't expect to take over other countries without repercussions.

The game is complex. Really, really complex. There's probably still a lot of things I don't know about the game. It goes real deep into just about every aspect there is to managing a modern-day country. The learning curve is insane. You'll need to spend a lot of time in the game just figuring out the various changes that can be made to your country in order to keep citizens happy, which is quite the difficult task.

Your relations with other countries in the game can easily be severed if you choose to attack another country. This is not the type of game where you're able to just "conquer" countries. Doing so will result in the entire UN being against you. In fact, when I took over Georgia (I was playing as Russia at the time), South Korea called for military intervention from UN members.

When voting came around for this, I voted against it, which prevented military intervention. How? Well, Russia is one of the five permanent member of the UN, so if they don't agree, then it gets vetoed automatically, even though EVERY OTHER COUNTRY voted for military intervention. I used this to my advantage and continued to take over two other countries before being executed by my own army in Moscow (oops!). Yeah, Russia's citizens were not happy with my actions, even with a 49% approval rating.

Masters of the World is a really fun game. It's a fantastic experience and I highly recommend it, if you're willing to take it seriously.
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
I've put in around 10 hours now, so hopefully this enables me to give a helpful overview of the game.

First of all, if you don't have time to read everything, I can honestly say that the game is not worth the current asking price of 50 EUR or your regional equivalent but I can recommended it at a lower price. Hope that helps.

For the rest of you, we can go into a bt more depth. Starting with the positives, I was very impressed with the amount of detail the game goes into - from currency unions to closing the borders the game has plenty of option to sink you teeth into. Where you'll find yourself somewhat frustrated however, is that many of the options are actually 'non-options' depending on the political slant of your party.

When you pick a nation, you are bound to the ruling party and it's politics and thus taking any nation with a clear bias toward the right or left of the political spectrum to the other side - or even the centre - appears to be very difficult. Aside from the effort it can take to push through policies in the face of rebellion within your own party, long term they can actually choose to oust you, regardless of your adherence to democratic principles or your level of popularity.

In my North Korea playthrough I discovered this the hard way. Despite the huge economic and social benefits of opening up the society and my unbelieveable 100% popularity rate, my party took me out and shot me at dawn with zero interference from my alleged millions of supporters.

Any significant change, even seemingly for the better can trigger widespread and disruptive protests which don't seem to subside all that quickly, even if you begin to introduce reforms that are being requested.

The interface is clunky at best, the game is not remotely impressive graphically, the voice acting is very off - my North Korean health minister had the most amazing, broad Irish accent - and, in the English version at least, emails and newspaper articles can sometimes make no sense whatsoever.

BUT, it is far from all bad. As stated above, you have a lot of options and can descend into dangerously geeky levels of play. aside from the rarer occasions when your actions trigger unbelieveable responses, the game is largely authentic feeling and your actions do have a satisfying weight to them. The ability to fight in real time, or even leave the nitty gritty to the competent military AI, is also very well executed and you have a great choice of options open to you upon victory, from annexation or colonisation of the defeated foe, to a regime change. Borders can be renegotiated and the espionage system is one of the best I've encountered.

Where this game is likely to excel though is in Multiplayer, the range of overt and covert actions you can take to destabilise, attack or prop-up your neighbours is truly wonderful and I suspect even more rewarding when the ally or opponent is a human being.

The raw data used for the core modelling seems pretty solid however, you can break the game and your own immersion from time to time so certainly do not expect the political modelling to be bulletproof.

Comprehensive modding support is built into the game and I would expect this to be where the biggest strides in improving the game will be made.

In summary, if you have friends to play against or a sincere passion for political simulators then this is worthwhile pick-up, but I urge everyone to wait for it to be on sale or you will feel more than a little taken advantage of. If you are a casual player or are considering this as an impule buy, I'd suggest giving it a wide bearth or picking up the excellent and polisihed, if far less detailed - Civilization IV or V.
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