Do you have what it takes to survive the cutthroat competition of the campaign trail and become the next US President? It’s time to rub elbows, oversell your scant promises, and engineer a few scandals―because nobody gets into the White House without getting a little dirty.
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have already created a solid foundation for Megalo Polis, including three playable characters and much of the primary campaign content, but now we would love to hear your feedback in order to provide better balancing for gameplay and explore new features.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our goal is to deliver a polished, finalized game encompassing the entire US presidential campaign within the next six months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

We have big plans for Megalo Polis, including new candidates and abilities in the short term, and longer-term ideas of incorporating campaigns from around the world.

There are dozens of ideas we would love to implement, and will certainly have many more with your feedback. That said, we’re not politicians, so we try to keep our promises realistic.

These are the additional features that we plan to have available for the full launch:
  • Expanded campaign, including the general election and more state-specific rules.
  • More candidates, each with their own strengths and campaign styles.
  • Additional special abilities unique to candidates.
  • Running mates. Will your second-in-command be a help or a hindrance?
  • Multiplayer, for up to four players with AI to fill in as needed.
  • Enhanced AI with multiple difficulty levels.
  • Polished balancing in both single-player and multiplayer.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The core mechanics of campaigning are in place, allowing you to take on three AI opponents as you race to spread your influence, hinder your opponents, and rally the support of voters in each state.

  • Three Playable Candidates - Obama, Clinton, and Trump.
  • 40+ State-Specific Rules - From easily swayed to stubborn voters, each state requires a unique approach to campaigning.
  • 20+ Special Abilities - Extort, bribe, and even frame your rivals to spend time in jail.
  • Playable Tutorial - This will take you step-by-step to get you playing fast.
  • Basic AI - Only normal difficulty to begin.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Early Access version will offer a significant discount over the final price (which will obviously be so high that no one can afford it).”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be communicating with players on a day-to-day basis (except during lunch hours―this is sacred in France), answering questions, and explaining content or choices. We will consider all feedback and address any issues, all while accepting large donations to change content on a whim. Croissants are welcome.”
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August 18

Huge .... version update

Huge update! … The General Election is now available in this new release. Go for the fight!

This version also contains various improvements, especially feedbacks on the election map and some minor fixes.

And last but not least the Mac version is also ready!

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June 17

Version update

We're back on working on Megalo Polis, for the last campaign stretch!

This update contains a lot of small updates, right before the next one, which will provide the general election.

Many visual and audio effects have been added, improving the feedbacks from the action, on citizen conversion, for instance, or most special actions. The districts status is also a bit clearer now with sounds associated with changes, like losing one, or going to sleep.

We also integrated options on performance, resolution, etc, directly ingame.

The next update, in 2-3 weeks, will be huge, with the second part of the game offering the general election fight, and you got to play against all AIs at the same time. It will much harder to reach the top! All the bonuses and decisions in the primaries will pay off!

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About This Game

Have you ever thought to yourself, politics are so simple and the electoral process is perfect? Of course you haven’t.

Megalo Polis gives you a taste of the insanity by throwing you onto the political trail, rubbing elbows, overselling scant promises, and engineering scandals to become the next President of the United States of America.

There’s no rest on the campaign trail in this quick-witted RTS. You’ll need to think fast to recognize and seize opportunities to spread your influence… with maybe just a touch of manipulation.

Any great (white) house sits atop a solid foundation. Build your campaign from the ground up as you identify key states, political allies and amass a loyal group of supporters to spread your word and do your bidding. But that’s only leg one of this political race. To truly achieve greatness, you’ll need to outsmart and outmaneuver your equally hungry rivals.

Budget your time and your wallet as you persuade voters to vote in your favor, by any means necessary. Whether you’re making it rain on impressionable students or spreading seedy gossip, you’ll want to make it clear you deserve to be top dog. Who said political campaigns were clean business?

Do you have what it takes to decide the nation’s future?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.3Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i7 3.4Ghz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i5 2.3Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 2600, NVidia GeForce 9400 or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i7 3.4Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mixed (3 reviews)
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 26
Warning:This is an early access game. This review is also in an early state.

The American Election is a great topic .And it also have an interesting core mechanic in this game.
But at current isn't a good game.

You can go to 50 states of America(as 50 or less stage and developers says they will make more special rules at each state)With your three AI Opponent. You must convert more citizen than them to win the battle,At last you can win the election.

The way to convert the citizens into your team is:stand still to make a speech...
Actually,that's not a bad idea. But when your control is awkward, the mechanic seems too weak to play.
The mouse control will make wrong route 50% of all time.
the speed is too slow sometimes.
The competitive part of this mechanic seems frustrated. And there doesn't have many ways to directly attack the AI.
The AI still have some bug,which will ruin the experience.
If you can make their own personal style into the gameplay more, and make them can fight each other as a way to win the battle,this game will better than now.

The Graphic is good, the cartoon style will increase the effect.and the color is soft and bright,that's alright.
But the sound of the candidate....maybe too fast i think,that's not enough hilarious but a bit of repetitive,if you play a whole game(50 states). You will be mad at Barack's voice.

(I'm not an american, so there may have some problem in my review.Please forgive them.)
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
Political games are hard to come by on Steam. This one, I was very disappointed by.

First of all, I understand that it's in Early Access. No brainer whatsoever. But the dire selection of characters from the get go is disappointing. We're even given the option to play Obama? This is over Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz, or whoever. I'm not expecting Political Machine levels of depth but it's silly. Especially when I run against Trump, Obama and another weird version of Hillary? It feels like a lack of care has gone into it.

The lock feature is broken as hell, I can't secure my city at all. The character models look ugly. Trump has cargo pants? Hillary doesn't look like Hillary? They have a really annoying squeaky effect on voices, I'd rather have the unaltered voice. Animations for the UI aren't good. Game mechanics aren't properly explained.

Also the AI is so dumb. This is barely a review because this is barely a game.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 1
Interesting theme about the American Election. The cartoon graphics and audio are lively and catchy, which may appeal to the young public. The gameplay and mechanics are quite unique and original, however it might feel repetitive if we have to do the same thing in all 50 states. I am currently in the first 10 states so cannot judge yet.

While there are still some minor bugs due to the Early Access phase, the game is totally playable and enjoyable. I'd say give it a try if you are interested in the US Election.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10
The concept of the game is fantastic and gets you hooked right off the bat, however, the it can become a bit repititive as the game progresses. The cartoonish gameplay keeps the player entertained, great move by the developers incorporating tacky campaign speech by the candidates, very funny. The game in its current state is great but I expect more to come once the game is fully polished and released. The time zones in each state add a sense of urgency when campaigning and certainly applies the pressure; I enjoy the tackiness, the cartoony enviroment, and the overall concept of the game. All I ask from the game devs is to alleviate some of the repititiveness of the game by providing the player with more features than just going disctrict by district and hoping the voters rally around you, even though that's kinda what the candidates are doing IRL.

I appreciate the random scenarios the game provides the player with when campainging, such as accepting the support of a star or making promises to the voters. I would enjoy the game even more if they were possibly debate platforms, or media angle to work to expand the players options in tackling states, maybe we can launch ads in a state or start a twitter fight with another candidate? I know it is a lot to ask/suggest for but I see alot of potential for this game and I'm very grateful for its kind. Not much political games nowadays other than the Political Machine, Megalo Polis certainly deviates from the genre on its own path.

Overall I can't say I regret spending the $10 on this game, I highly recommend it. The game mechanics, the features, the creativity all coincide with each other for a very enjoyable and funny experience.

P.S. Make America Great Again! #TrumpTrain
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