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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Feb 4, 2016

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October 2

Midterm elections are coming up, and instead of running for office, I’m playing The Political Machine



Everyone always focuses on choosing the next President of the United states in the “big” election held every 4 years. But, what about local elections? Primary elections? Midterm elections?

If you don’t think about these, you’re not alone. According to a recent article from npr.org, “for every 10 adults eligible to vote, only about four cast a ballot in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections.”

There are lots of reasons why people vote - or don’t vote - and the article linked above does an excellent job of highlighting many of them. This year, America’s midterm elections will take place on November 6th. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 out of the 100 seats in the United States senate will be contested.

We’ll admit that we didn’t really take midterm elections into consideration when creating any iterations of The Political Machine - for these games, it was all about the main event: the election of a new president. But, smear campaigns, scandals, talk show flubs and failures, speeches - everything that comes along with a massive political campaign - are just as present in the midterm elections as they are in the “big ones.”

If you want to try your hand at running for office, The Political Machine is the safe way to go. Choose your candidate - or make your own! - and run up against the likes of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and more. If your approval ratings tank, just hit “new game” and wash away the pain of failure - that’s what I always do. ;)
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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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