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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July 19

New Campaign DLC for The Political Machine 2016 is Now Available



New Campaign DLC brings Ladder Mode, Historical Candidates, and New Challenges
Battle for your spot in the White House against some of the most famous (and infamous!) presidents in American history.

New Ladder Mode
Democrat or Republican? Choose your side and take the nation by storm as you campaign against members of the opposite party to win the presidency. Don’t let your victories go to your head, though - each new opponent will prove more difficult than the last. No one ever said winning the election would be easy!

New Historical Candidates
Race against several historical presidents of the past and claim your victory against them. Each candidate comes with a modern perspective on all of the hot current issues and is ready to fight for the 2016 presidency. Defeat each candidate to unlock them for general gameplay.

New Challenges
Elections are unpredictable, so each ladder-mode match includes a custom challenge. Things like dealing with high gas prices, the people’s mistrust of politicians, impending war, and more will keep you on your toes as you try to make your opponent’s campaign points a forgotten memory.

Get the Campaign DLC now on Steam or through Stardock!

For more information, visit www.politicalmachine.com

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July 19

The Political Machine 2016 v1.2 - Available Now



v1.2 Brings Ranked Multiplayer Matchmaking, Election Simulation Mode and a New Campaign Event

Enjoy spectating two candidates of your choice battling it out, match up against other players of your skill level online, and test your wits against a new event in v1.2.

Ranked Multiplayer Matchmaking
Looking for someone to play? The new matchmaking system will pair you with someone of similar skill. Your rank increases as you win and you'll be matched with more challenging opponents.

Election Simulation Mode
Hillary or Trump? Sanders or Johnson? If you want to really know who is the better candidate enable "simulation" and watch them battle it out.

v1.2 also brings the new "Brexit" event. How will you respond to an issue that is resonating in the hearts and minds of the American people? To learn more about the update and everything else we've added, check out the full changelog at the bottom of the post.

Get The Political Machine 2016 now through Stardock or on Steam.
www.politicalmachine.com


Changelog:
  • Added "Ranked Multiplayer"
  • Added "Election Simulation Mode"
  • New "Brexit" random event
  • New issues: NASA Funding and Nationalism for use in campaigns
  • Added "Mike Pence" to candidate list
  • Tweek issues values
  • Added support for Campaign mode DLC
  • Player can no longer access the Options Screen during the "Choose running mate" screen as this led to strange behaviors.
  • Fixed issue where CTRL+S key combo saves game every frame if the keys are held down. Now only saves once the key combo has been pressed and released.
  • Fixed issue with the candidate selection screen not displaying correctly if you ping-ponged between single and multiplayer game screens.
  • Fixed some problems with awarding multiple clipboard-style operatives to the same player at the same time.
  • Fixed issue with candidate details window called from MP for opponent when you are the peer on the mp setup screen.
  • Fixed issue with multiple options windows queueing up whenever you hold down escape.
  • The candidate details window will no longer (rarely) refers to you as the opponent.
  • The options window "OK" button will no longer get itself confused with similar button from the "Are You Sure You Want To Retire" dialog?
  • The polling data window no longer shows weird numbers and symbols under certain circumstances and data combinations.

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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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Walrus Wanderer
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Adolf Hitler and Hillary Clinton compete for the presidency...

Hitler wins with a landslide.

10/10, such realism.
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Dysnomia
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
potato
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Urban Koistinen
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game could be so much better if it just had a little more depth. Still, it is fun be able to run a campaign based around favouring violence in video games. People will come round. It could also be more accurate, say about how it is not always winner takes all in all states. Buy it when on sale.
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Think Tank
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
This is a fantastic game, and I have had so much fun playing it. I would give it a thumbs up if only for the fact that you have to purchase DLC to unlock all of the achievements. Not. Cool.
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Cpt.Tripps.2012
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
It's a fun little game, but I wish it had third party candidates as thier actual party instead of lumping them in to the Dems and Reps. I want to see Gary Johnson or Jill Stien take down hillary and trump!
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AequitasLOST
12.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
I feel like I'm playing chess but with politicians and racists instead of chess pieces, and a map instead of a board

Also I won an election as Donald Trump by saying "F*ck the Wall"
Realisitic as sh!t

10/10 would play Racist Chess again
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Lumia
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Fun and entertaining, but for $10 i'd expect a full campaign simulation including the primaries.

tl;dr fun game but not worth $10

EDIT: add 3rd parties like the Libertarian Party, Green Party, Constitution Party
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fish
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
trash
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naeemshehar
24.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
This game is Really fun, especially when the game knows how dirty US politics are.
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MattBlueshift
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
Trump got elected.
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74 of 84 people (88%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
You can create a custom canidate. So I had Killer keemstar run as a republican, and john cena run as a democrat. John cena won by a landslide...


10/10
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Very good game. But I wish I could also choose anorther political party for example, Libertarian Party and Green Party. Or be able to make my own political party.
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Great game very fun but i suggest a cheaper price such as $4.99 instead of $10.00
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I think if you watch Youtubers play this (I found this via Jesse Cox), you'll probably get the gist of whether you'll like it or not. It's a goofy little election simulator. The game is much more fun with friends, though, especially if you're both being total goofballs, like my friend and I were.

There are some minor nitpicks. Third parties might be a good addition, especially if it becomes more than a two-player game. It would be fun to take down both the Democrat and Republican parties as some party I made up. Also, it's possible to be screwed over by which topics are most relevant, although that might be to avoid blowout wins. (I only experienced this when I was doing much better than my opponent.) The biggest gripe, however, is that talk show appearances can blow up in your face, and it's not even your fault. Your candidate can say downright stupid things you didn't want them to say, and you have to say it because it's the only option you have. Some damage control would be nice, because currently I think it's better not to go on at all.

All in all, I think it was money well spent, especially since I think I bought it on sale. I mean, what other game would allow me to have a Jesus vs. Satan election with my friend?
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61 of 104 people (59%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
I beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of Crooked Hillary. I love this game.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
This game is Really fun, especially when the game knows how dirty US politics are.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Fun and entertaining, but for $10 i'd expect a full campaign simulation including the primaries.

tl;dr fun game but not worth $10

EDIT: add 3rd parties like the Libertarian Party, Green Party, Constitution Party
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Adolf Hitler and Hillary Clinton compete for the presidency...

Hitler wins with a landslide.

10/10, such realism.
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1,303 of 1,447 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,548 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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