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The Political Machine 2016

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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.
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Stardock Entertainment
Stardock Entertainment
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • 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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The Political Machine 2016 reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Nice little game, quite realistic in sum and fun at the same time, 10 euros remains a little pricey but to sunbathe in case of promotion. Small negative: no translation in French, a good level in English is required even if the gameplay allows to do without after a while.
Translated by
Microsoft from French
A simplified presidential election as possible and so easily playable as you go... often play! Strong point: simple and nice weak point: still a very small community of online players which makes the multi-player option almost impossible. P.S..: "Mr. Sanders, bring us a dream!"
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Early Access Review ÜBERARBEITET: German For Everyone! If you close this Game and go back in, it may not take any Memory like the Graphics and set them back every time! In addition, the Cursor disappears every time! Grotto bad! You can see that it is still in the Early Acess Phase. Don't buy Yet!
Translated by
Microsoft from French
This game has an interesting style and there is fun to enjoy if you like American politics. I find that the game is not complete and that it lacks a little something to make me want to play it again after understanding the operation. I would recommend it only if you are interested in American politics otherwise it is a bit boring.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
You can play the Game for a few Hours, but after that it gets boring very quickly. There Is no real Tutorial, only a Wall-of-Text that you would have to read through to play the Game properly-you don't need to expect an interactive Tutorial. For the full Price, this Game is definitely not recommended when then in the Sale.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Early Access Review Just Isn't the Game I was hoping for here. The character creation is great, because you have a lot of Opportunities to Change your Candidates or Opponents. The actual gameplay, however, becomes boring (to at least me) seeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhr! With a bit more Variety, this Game would be damn good ... So I have to return it now, unfortunately, as it is By no means worth it to me €5.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
THE POLITICAL MASCHINE 2016 is an excellent and turn-based game. In this Game, you can decide for yourself which Personality to govern over the next four Years, in the United States? Take the Role from a desired or fictititious Candidate. Create your own Election Manifesto from different desired Positions. Then the Election campaign is launched. NOW GEHT'S LOS! -You can start from any State! Then the following Tasks await you, such as ... * * Fundraising Money--lots of advertising for yourself * * hiring Consultants--giving speeches * * to get Support--giving TV interviews and Counseling Centers--giving TV interviews > > Goal of the Game: As Much as possible most Electoral College votes to get for themselves. < < * * * * THE POLITICAL MASCHINE 2016--A brilliant game!!!! *****
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