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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Release Date: Feb 4, 2016

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October 6

Political Machine 2016 v1.31 Released

The last few weeks in the political world have been crazy. Based on the recent debates and real-life events, we've decided to update the game's issues and introduced a new debate-themed random event. Read below for details!

Change Log
Issues Updates:
  • Increased the importance of "Probing Hillary's emails." This remains one of the greatest weak spots in Hillary's campaign. 
  • Increased raised the importance of "Tax cuts" as there is increasing pressure for Trump to release his tax returns. 
  • Slightly reduced the importance of "Fighting ISIS"
  • Slightly reduced the importance of "Securing the Borders." 
  • Both of these latter two issues are still important to many voters. However, as other issues have been consuming more time, there has been less focus on them. 

New random event "Debate Disaster" 
  • Your debate performance has led to some uncomfortable gaffes related to taxes and led to speculations on whether you were under the influence. 
  • Reduces your credibility, increase the importance of "War on Drugs" and "Tax Cuts."

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September 20

The Political Machine 2016's latest update brings in the VPs

Stardock has updated its popular strategy game, The Political Machine 2016 with new issues and new candidates to run with including Jill Stein, Bill Weld and Tim Kaine. In addition, new issues like the National Anthem protest have also been added into the game’s simulation.

In The Political Machine, you run for President of the United States. You can run using existing candidates such as Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or create your candidate. One recent update allows you to simulate an actual election with the AI running each candidate’s campaign to see how well they do.

The simulation’s top issues for 2016, according to the Trump AI are Securing the Borders, Attacking Mrs. Clinton’s email handling and preventing domestic terrorism. For Clinton AI, it’s Reducing the wealth gap, Attacking Trump’s Erratic positions, and reducing health care costs. Of course, that’s only what the computer AI thinks they should do.

“Based on the simulation, it could go either way,” said lead designer, Brad Wardell. “I know that’s a cop out but the AI players tend to run the campaigns slightly more optimally than the real thing. They never go off message and they don’t make mistakes in simulation mode.”

Players can play against the computer AI at different levels of difficulty as well against their friends on the Internet or pick two candidates and have the AI control them to see who would win under various circumstances.

Its home page is and can be purchased on Steam for only $9.99.

You can see the full changelog here:

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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

    • 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
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Great game I love everthing about it except That there are no third parties. In the campaign DLC there should be the federalist party. There should also be independents who don't have a party. Overall this game is pretty good, and if you like political games, you should get it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
I created Hitler and ran against Hilary with Donald Trump as my running mate. I had a pretty good lead through the begining and middle of the election season. Near the end Hilary gains a lead and the polls spell out certain doom for my humble candidate. We lost the popular vote but won the election through the electoral college. Eat ♥♥♥♥ CTR.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Campaign Strategy: BUILD. THE. WALL. 10/10
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
0/10 Trump didn't win during my first playthrough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
> Ran as white supremacist Pepe the Frog
> Tried being as offensive as possible to deliberately lose support
> Went to Texas
> Said I support violence in videogames, an issue with both parties did not like
> Got +2 rating in that state for my speech reguardless
> Eventually won against Hillary Clinton

10/10 Would make America white again.
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1,332 of 1,479 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,590 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 20, 2015
I'm from the UK and I don't know what i'm doing.
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968 of 1,157 people (84%) found this review helpful
818 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 9, 2015
Say the most racist, nonfactual, obnoxious, non-nonsensical, illogical and downright ♥♥♥♥♥♥ shit and win the election.

Most realistic American Political simulator I've ever played.

Can't Stump the Trump.
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504 of 593 people (85%) found this review helpful
438 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 19, 2015
Ran as John Cena against Trump. Lost. Realistic America 10/10.
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342 of 392 people (87%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
What the heck?
This is the same game as 'The Political Machine 2012', but with different canditdates, and slightly different issues!
Stardock has been releasing these games since at least '08 and every version feels just about the same.

There is SO much they could do to make this game much better:

-Third Party system.

-Steam workshop integration. If Stardock doesn't want to add more content, why not let the community?

-Third Party system.

-More customization parts. Seriously, this game doesn't have ANY new parts to make your characters!

-Third Party system.

-Some form of map editor maybe? Why not make a way to customize the money, population, electorial votes, ect, of all the states?

-Third Party system.

-Debates. How about a Debate system where every few turns or so, you and other candidates take turns not just making statements about different issues, but also engaging with each other on the issues? Perhaps each candidate could have another stat determining how well they can do in the debates.

-Third Party system.

-Primary elections anyone?

-WHERE THE HECK IS THE THIRD PARTY SYSTEM?! The community has been asking for YEARS to add a way to make your own party, or just go independent, or something!

Please Stardock hear our cries...

EDIT 3/1/2016: I'd like to point out that none of my criticisms are a reflection of my political views. I'm purely saying what I think can improve this game.
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234 of 266 people (88%) found this review helpful
168 people found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 11, 2015
Lost the popular vote by 4% to Bernie Sanders, yet crushed him in the election.
11/10 would abuse electoral system again :P

I also played a Republican that won 46 states, including CA and NY, yet lost Mississippi. Most realistic sim eva!
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35.5 hrs
Posted: October 15
I bought the DLC and it says I have already won against every opponent. What the ♥♥♥♥?
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Dr. Gonzo
28.9 hrs
Posted: October 15
This game rocks and it's fun to run your own simulation with the issues that matter to you and the nation. You can visit every state by plane and make speeches, create local and television ads, solidfy the issues to attract voters, and orchestrate a strategy to win the White House.

Pretty accurate to the electoral college system, despite D.C. not included with its 3 electoral votes. Ohio, the famous swing state today, is very spot on with its split-divisiveness among the voters in regard to who they want to pick for President. Florida, however, as the other important swing state seems to be much easier for Democrats to win and isn't too resemblant to how it swings today.

The use of personal assets acquired from a point system called "Political Capital" are very amusing and satisfying to use in order to help your campaign. You could have an Advertisement Guru help reduce your ad costs or even a Spin Doctor to improve your ratings in a certain state. Or at the most dramatic, a Fixer to remove your opponent's assets. It's dirty but heck it sure is fun. You can also earn Endorsements to help raise awareness of your campaign and gain voter support.

Unfortunately, the Green and Libertarian Parties aren't included in the races you can run, even with Jill Stein and Gary Johnson being in the game (the 2016 third-party candidates). In the DLC, the historical Federalist and Democratic-Republican Parties aren't in there either. So the issue here is it's strictly just the Republicans and Democrats running against each other and therefore lacks political diversity.

But overall, it's a fun game of theory and American political fansy. Probably the closest thing on Steam to a political game.
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Killer Gnomestar
5.9 hrs
Posted: October 14
Can't wait for Kanye West to be in the political machine 2020. (sarcasm)
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301.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
worth uur money it is a good election game and ive almost played 300 hours of this game and i reccomend it but the creators need to add third parties and the primaries and cauceses
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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 10
Its so dope really fun with friends
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 9
Less depressing than the real-life election.
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30.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
I love this game! I'm just wondering if anyone wanted to play multiplayer with me? If you do send me a friend request!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 8
Have to give this a vote of no confidence. On the plus side, it is extremely cute & with a nice UI. Unfortunately, this cannot compensate for the killer downside of implausibile election results. So if you're a political junkie looking for an actual simulator (such as the iconic "President Elect", from SSI, circa 1988) you will be dissapointed. If, on the other hand, you want a cartoonish-but-educational game for your pre-teen, this could fit the bill.
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