For those tired of action-packed fight scenes and terror around every turn, The Political Machine brings a bucket of laughs and hours of gameplay to any player’s catalog of 2016 games. The Political Machine sets the player in charge of a 2016 presidential campaign where he or she can play as any of the Republican or Democratic candidates and battle the opposition in a race to the highest office in the land.
In addition to choosing one of over a dozen candidates, including front-runners like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the player can also create a custom character from scratch and tee off with others in order to win the presidency. The game allows the player to carefully plan out a strategic victory and implement smooth maneuvers like making appearances on famous talk shows or purchasing creative TV commercials in order to win favor with voters.
The campaign trail won’t be all smooth-sailing, however, as disastrous events may be thrown your way in random intervals to see how you cope with real-world scenarios. Natural disasters and scandalous affairs can come out of nowhere to completely change the course of the entire campaign. The game features real census data and issues to test your political savvy and has built-in leaderboards as well as poll tracking to keep track of who’s on top and show you how you stand with voters compared with your opponents.
The game can be played in campaign mode against AIs or in multiplayer mode in which players can challenge their friends to see who the real victor would be in a presidential race. While The Political Machine doesn’t have the best graphics available, the featured politicians do resemble their real life counterparts and the game engine is practically unparalleled when compared to similar games in its field, except for high-end simulator games like Masters of the World and Democracy. Those who have played earlier renditions of The Political Machine, including the 2004 race between George Bush and John Kerry and the 2008 race between Barack Obama and John McCain will know that this is a game that provides hours of entertainment for anyone interested in political endeavors.
The game is currently available for PC for only $7.49 on their official website and only requires 1 GB of hard drive space and 1 GB of RAM. A 2-Pack version of the game is also available for only $11.24 that allows friends to play with each other on two separate machines.