The Political Machine

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The Political Machine
The Political Machine Coverart.png
Developer(s) Stardock
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA August 12, 2004
Genre(s) Government simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD, digital download

The Political Machine is a government simulation game from Stardock and the first game in the Political Machine series, in which the player leads a campaign to elect the President of the United States. The player accomplishes this goal by traveling from state to state and engaging in a variety of activities to either raise money or raise poll numbers.

Each game starts with the selection of a pre-created candidate or creation of a fictional candidate from one of the two major American political parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Headquarters and fundraisers are possible, the effectiveness of which depends on various factors.

When enough money is accumulated the player can "invest" it in advertisements (either through newspapers, radio, or TV media). The effectiveness of these ads are determined by several factors. An ad supporting tax cuts will work better with Republican Texas than with Democratic Massachusetts.

A key factor in the game is the concept of "Stamina" and "Turns." In each turn (representing one week), a candidate has a set amount of stamina to engage in activities. For example, establishing or upgrading a campaign HQ costs more stamina than creating a newspaper ad.

A sequel, The Political Machine 2008, was released June 16, 2008, with new characters introduced, such as Barack Obama and John McCain.[1]

A second sequel, The Political Machine 2012, was released July 31, 2012, with new characters introduced, such as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Candidates[edit]

Basic candidates[edit]

Democrats[edit]

Chloe Sullivan has several strong areas as a candidate, but suffers from a lack of experience.

Republican[edit]

Unlockable candidates[edit]

These candidates have to be defeated by a member of the opposite party in Campaign Mode in order to unlock them.

Democrat[edit]

Republican[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 72.21%[1]
Metacritic 72/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 7/10[3]
Game Revolution C−[4]
GameSpot 7.4/10[5]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[6]
GameZone 7.5/10[7]
IGN 7.9/10[8]
PC Format 82%[9]
PC Gamer UK 62%[10]
PC Gamer US 73%[11]

The game was met with average reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 72.21%,[1] while Metacritic gave it 72 out of 100.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Political Machine for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "The Political Machine for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Political Machine". Game Informer (139): 167. November 2004. 
  4. ^ Ferris, Duke (September 3, 2004). "The Political Machine Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Todd, Brett (August 18, 2004). "The Political Machine Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Chick, Tom (August 24, 2004). "GameSpy: The Political Machine". GameSpy. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ McElfish, Carlos (August 25, 2004). "The Political Machine - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ McNamara, Tom (September 20, 2004). "The Political Machine Review". IGN. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Political Machine". PC Format (167). November 2004. 
  10. ^ "The Political Machine". PC Gamer UK. December 2004. 
  11. ^ "The Political Machine". PC Gamer: 96. December 2004. 

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