Run for President of the United States as one of dozens of past or present presidential candidates or create your own ideal candidate. Give speeches, go on talk shows, hire unsavory operatives, and do whatever it takes to win on election day.
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Mixed (23 reviews) - 56% of the 23 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (343 reviews) - 76% of the 343 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 4, 2016

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May 5

Look out, America - New Candidates and More are Here With v1.1!



New Candidates are Joining the Race!
Plus new issues to find a stance on, a new random event, and more in v1.1!


Play as one of over a dozen new candidates!
Choose from previous politicians who were petitioning for presidency! You've been asking when you could play as old candidates, and the answer is: right now! The added campaigners include Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, John Kerry, Ron Paul, and more.

Handle unexpected situations!
There is never any guarantee that things will go smoothly during an election season -- heck, it's probably guaranteed that things will go wrong during an election season! The newest event in this update will test how you deal with the death of a supreme court justice. Will you buckle under the pressure when the votes are on the line?

Take a stance on brand new issues!
How you choose to respond to the nation's hot topics will have a direct impact on your polling results. The team has added some new and current real-world issues for your presidential hopeful to deal with on their campaign trail. Deliver tough speeches and prepare smear campaigns against your opponents for issues like the Flint water crisis, reducing the wealth gap, and more!

Explore new customization options and multiplayer features!
To enrich your experience, several new facial customization options have been added for female candidates. The team has also added UI scaling for folks with high resolution monitors. Multiplayer mode now also has a "time left" function that will show in each game to note how much time you have until the game auto-advances to the next turn.

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See the v1.1 changelog here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/404620/discussions/0/357285398699771712/

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February 4

Let the Campaign Begin - The Political Machine 2016 Releases Today!

Give speeches, go on talk shows, hire unsavory operatives, and
do whatever it takes to become the President of the United States!

If you've ever watched the U.S. elections and thought to yourself, "Even I can do better than that!" -- well, this is the game for you! Take to the campaign trail and win the hearts and minds of America's voters to take your place in the White House.

The Political Machine 2016 is available TODAY!
Purchase it on Steam here or check out our website for more information!

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Core Features
Over a Dozen Candidates to Choose From
Play as one of several pre-made candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Time for Some Mudslinging
Use your power and money to purchase ads to discredit your opponent and influence voters.

Be Ready for Anything
Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other random events can come out of nowhere and change the direction of your campaign for better or worse.

Turn Friends into 'Frenemies'
Challenge a friend for the presidency in multiplayer mode.

Out-Talk, Out-Smart, and Out-Spend your Opponents
Gain favor with the public by interviewing on talk shows, navigate disastrous random events, and buy advertisements to gain an advantage over your adversary.

Create a Custom Candidate
Not a fan of the candidates? Create your own custom front runner and race for the White House.

Practice your Politics
A sophisticated underlying simulation model uses census data and real issues to test your political savvy.

Check Your Standings
With poll tracking and leaderboards, you can see how well people are playing as their candidates or what issues they are supporting over time.

The Political Machine 2016 is available TODAY!
Purchase it on Steam here or check out our website for more information!

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About This Game

Let the campaign begin!

Your goal: Win the hearts and minds of America’s voters to achieve victory in the 2016 presidential election. Play as one of more than a dozen candidates such as Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and more!

Think you can do better than the other candidates? Create your own candidate from scratch and show the rest of those windbags how to make a real run for the White House. Take to the campaign trail and try to out talk, outsmart, and out spend your opponents!

The Political Machine 2016 features updated relevant political topics from across the 2016 presidential campaign. Dozens of national issues including the Keystone XL Pipeline, human trafficking, and the Iran Nuclear Deal have been added, with more updates on the way as the season continues. Regional issues require the candidate to walk a fine line between appealing to the widest range of voters or appearing to “flip flop.”

Gaining favor from your voters by interviewing on talk shows might grant you some sympathy, but not everything can be swept under the rug forever. You must always be on the lookout for career-ending scandals like a torrid affair, natural disaster, or an unsavory email trail. They can pop up at any time and change the course of the campaign -- which can put you down in the polls!

Do you think you have what it takes? Take to the campaign trail and show the nation why you should be the next President of the United States of America!

Core Features

  • Time for some Mudslinging! - Use your power and money to purchase ads to discredit your opponent and influence voters.
  • Dozens of Candidates - Play as one of several pre-made past and present candidates like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and more.
  • Turn Friends into ‘Frenemies’ - Challenge a friend for the presidency in multiplayer mode.
  • Create a Candidate - Not a fan of the candidates? Create your own custom front runner and race for the White House.
  • Out-talk, Out-smart, and Out-spend your opponents - Gain favor with the public by interviewing on talk shows, navigate disastrous random events, and buy advertisements to gain an advantage over your adversary.
  • Practice your Politics - A sophisticated underlying simulation model uses census data and real issues to test your political savvy.
  • Be Ready for Anything - Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other random events can come out of nowhere and change the direction of the campaign for better or worse.
  • Check your Standings - With poll tracking and leaderboards, you can see how well people are playing as their candidates or what issues they are supporting over time.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
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Recent:
Mixed (23 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (343 reviews)
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Red_Ben
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Preety great. I'd change a few things like map height (I know you can change in game, but it can get stuck). It's a fun game, but I would like to see it expanded to three player, including the Libertarians or Greens.
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The Hipster Potato
( 47.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I liked Political Machine 2008 better, but this is good too.

There is some new music added (and most of the old soundtracks are back.)

I do miss the other scenarios from 2008, though.
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Faucon
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Okay, since I have followed this election fairly closely, I got VERY excited when I saw this game on sale, so I will list it's pros and cons

PROS:
-Nice Avatars
-Great Customisation
-Addresses current issues decently
-Nice Multiplayer Support
-Great parodies of people like Bill O'Reilly & Stephen Colbert
-Random Events bring interesting change

CONS:
-Extremely Repetitive (2-5 hours at most without multiplayer)
-All Candidates play the same when controlled by AI
-Missed opportunities to insert humor

NEXT STEPS:
-Debates (to add some more competitive features to Multiplayer)
-Primaries (to add just more content to the game)
-3rd Parties (Just Green & Libertarian parties being added would make this game SO much better, it could also mean more then 2 player games ;)

VERDICT:
Overall, if you follow politics and want a decent game to simulate it this one certainly isn't bad, plus how many other choices are there for this paticular sub-genre??? (Not many) I recommend this game on sale but at full price you won't get your money's worth without a friend to play some multiplayer with.

Final Score 7/10

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nm_stranger_1984
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I really enjoy this game. I kick Trumps ♥♥♥ for fun :)
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Ari Bradshaw
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game I've put way too many hours into just out of creating characters with friends and having them go at it. In terms of an actual game, it's the exact same as its predecessor. Not at all worth the money. Especially when they have Jill Stein as a Dem and Gary Johnson as a Rep...

Things to add:

3rd Party support (at the very least the Green and Libertarian parties)
Debates
Primaries

Add these three and the game immediately becomes great (again).
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Screamager
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
After just one playthrough it gets pretty boring. The "charm" of the game wears off fast and you're left wondering why on earth you bought it in the first place. The multiplayer mode is no better, it doesn't work 100% of the time and even when playing with a friend it still isn't fun. At least it's pretty easy to get all the achievements - if you're into that thing.
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But_Nobody_Came
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Great game! It has it's problems, like a few grammatical errors, and not exactly the best graphics, but an amazing game overall. It's really fun, and I can easily sink hours into it at a time. The only thing I'm worried about is, when the campaign is over, this game will mean much less, because half of the fun is not knowing who will win in real life.
Once again, great game, and I recommend it to anyone who likes strategy games, or politics.
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evo5dave
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Created a Republican Party candidate called George III. Won a massive victory against Bernie. Ironically won the support of the Tea Party.

Not a bad game to waste a few hours.
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Freshairkaboom
( 30.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
I like the attribute system, especially how Hillary and Bill Clinton both have equally low credibility ratings. It's fun to attack them on Hillarys' emails when you have a fully upgraded Headquarters (makes you able to talk about more stuff).

Despite what others have written in their reviews, the game does hold strategic diversity. There's no "best" strategy, and you must focus on responding to your opponents' moves. However, if you have no intimidators in Calfiornia, you're doing something wrong.

The game holds a lot of replay value, even beyond the scope of the 2016 election. The multiplayer aspect is cool, but I wish more people played it, as it's hard to find someone who is good enough once you have beaten the computer on hardest difficulty.

I recommend this game to people who are interested in politics, are interested in semi-RTS with turns, and/or are interested in becoming the most powerful person in the world.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
83 of 105 people (79%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Played with Hillary.
Won.
Got arrested by FBI election night.
Bernie Sanders took her spot.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
CHEESEBURGER FREEDOM MAN
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The same game as 2012 but with added Trump bobblehead
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 27
Political Machine 2016

As much as I'd like to recommend this game to others, I just can't. I found myself desperately wanting and trying to convince myself to like the game. But, I didn't. The gameplay is extremely redundant and tiring. I think the developer missed alot of wonderful opprotunities to insert funny political humor, puns, and comedic bits and pieces into the game. Everything about it just falls flat.

As a strategy game, it is extremely one dimensional. I didn't find any of the candidates to be particularly challenging or their personas even somewhat clever. This game as a whole just seems like a regurgitated rehash of previous Political Machine games. No thought or really any care went into making this. All that was done was new candidates added. All of which, are so bland and dry, you don't really care if you win or lose against them.

This is basically a regurgitated version of Political Machine 2012 with new "skins" aka the candidates. Nothing has changed. Absolutely nothing. It just seems like a huge miss to me.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 30
Gameplay Mechanics: 8
Visuals: 8
Audio and Soundtrack: 6
Pacing: 9
Experience: 8
Political Simulator: 7
Overall: 7.75/10
Coments: Only buy if you are looking for something comical.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
A bit repetetive and not much by way of choice. Very little to do and only offered and extremely basic level of politics.

Dull and basic, can't recommend.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Being able to win the presidency running as a Southern Democrat and running the Southern Strategy is the best thing ever.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game I've put way too many hours into just out of creating characters with friends and having them go at it. In terms of an actual game, it's the exact same as its predecessor. Not at all worth the money. Especially when they have Jill Stein as a Dem and Gary Johnson as a Rep...

Things to add:

3rd Party support (at the very least the Green and Libertarian parties)
Debates
Primaries

Add these three and the game immediately becomes great (again).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
After just one playthrough it gets pretty boring. The "charm" of the game wears off fast and you're left wondering why on earth you bought it in the first place. The multiplayer mode is no better, it doesn't work 100% of the time and even when playing with a friend it still isn't fun. At least it's pretty easy to get all the achievements - if you're into that thing.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Though I don't have much play time, checking the forums shows that the devs have gotten extremely lazy. A constant theme throughout the forums are some (rather easy to code, seeing as they all have a mechanical base already) suggestions on how to improve the game. The devs have taken absolutely none of that advice, and their updates have done little to improve upon the core game. While the game may be decent and/or funny, lack of fairly critical features (like Primaries and Debates) makes it a hard sell. What makes it even harder is that, even after all the requests to add them in, the devs have ignored the playerbase and done whatever they've wanted with development. While the game may be fun, purchase with caution, and probably only on a sale.
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