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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November 1, 2016

Political Machine 2016 v1.33 Update



We are almost to election day. It seemed like Hillary might coast to victory, but the recent batch of emails may knock her out. We've updated issues and introduced some new random events to reflect the world. Read below for details!

Change Log
Issues Updates
Election Integrity (New) Politicians on both sides are questioning the validity of election results, suspect either vote tampering or voter suppression. This issue is especially important to Trump.

Probing Hillary's Emails (updated). The FBI's eleventh-hour revelation of new emails has added to the campaign chaos and increasing awareness of this issue.


New random events
Internet Revelations
Whether it was hackers or cyber-punks or just troublesome teens, someone has been breaking into emails and sharing secrets with the world, causing an unneeded distraction at this critical stage in the campaign. Reduces a candidate's credibility with voters.

Foreign Interference
Foreign powers have developed a sudden interest in American democracy and seeing specific candidate win. This has raised questions about the integrity of our democracy. This event reduces a candidate's ability to raise money; it also raises the importance of the "Nationalism" and of "Election Integrity" issues.

Internal Party Revolt
Both political parties have rebels stirring in revolt against their candidate, questioning everything they do, said they'll do, or quietly bragged about doing. Reduces a candidate's support across the board.

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October 6, 2016

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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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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