The Political Machine is a strategy game in which players take on the role of
campaign manager for a US Presidential candidate. They must put all their political
knowledge to the test as they campaign around the country in an effort to win
enough voters to their cause to win on election day.
The game makes heavy use of real world demographic information to provide a
realistic playing field and models contemporary issues such as the War on Terror,
the economy, the policy in Iraq, and many more (issues can be updated via
PoliticalMachine.com to keep them up to date).
Players take out political ads, build campaign head quarters, make speeches,
go on cable TV shows such as “The O’Maley Scneario” and “Hard Hitter” to answer
the tough questions, and even must deal with spin doctors, scandal mongers,
smear merchants, and more.
Players can also create their own candidates from scratch or make use of
historical candidates from Bill Clinton to Abraham Lincoln. The game ends on
election day (in the game) when the polls close and the votes counted to see
who will become President of the United States.
The game is both a single player game (against the computer) as well as a
multiplayer game. Its main goal is to be a fun game but its accurate modeling
of US politics and census data also make it an excellent educational tool as well.
Its inside references and humor should also delight the political junkie inside everyone.