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.

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, “for every 10 adults eligible to vote, only about four cast a ballot in the 2010 and 2014 midter...


We are almost to election day. It seemed like Hillary might coast to victory, but the recent batch of emails may knock her out. We've updated issues and introduced some new random events to reflect the world. Read below for details! Change Log Issues Updates Election Integrity (New) Politicians on both sides are questioning the validity of election results, suspect either vo...


The last few weeks in the political world have been crazy. Based on the recent debates and real-life events, we've decided to update the game's issues and introduced a new debate-themed random event. Read below for details! Change Log Issues Updates: Increased the importance of "Probing Hillary's emails." This remains one of the greatest weak spots in Hillary's campaign. Increased raised the importance of "Tax cuts" as there is increasing pressure for Trump to release his tax returns. Slightly r...


Stardock has updated its popular strategy game, The Political Machine 2016 with new issues and new candidates to run with including Jill Stein, Bill Weld and Tim Kaine. In addition, new issues like the National Anthem protest have also been added into the game’s simulation. In The Political Machine, you run for President of the United States. You can run using existing candi...


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  • 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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