By Positech Games
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Ever wanted to run the country?
Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders. Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...Have you got the answers to the problems that face western industrialized nations? Here is your chance to find out…
An entire virtual country
Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modelled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created.
Unique user interface
Despite being vastly detailed under-the-hood, Democracy 3 has a unique user interface that makes visualising the connections between laws, policies, voters and situations easy. A simple iconic-based view of your countries issues allows you to 'drill-down' through all the relationships between policies and voters to quickly analyse the impacts of your decisions. Your trade policy may affect GDP, which will affect unemployment, which will effect poverty, and thus crime, leading to a change in tourism, which affects GDP…
Complex simulated voters
Each individual voter is a mixture of a subset of the 21 different voter groups represented within the game. They might be a young, wealthy, liberal socialist commuter, or a retired conservative religious capitalist, for example. Not only this, but the extent to which they identify each of those groups is both variable, and can be affected by your policies in the long term. Convert your country to religion, or atheism, to capitalism, or socialism by careful and nuanced adjustment of your policies and laws over time. A 'focus group' feature lets you look at individual voters and see exactly how they came to a decision to vote for you (or not!).
Detailed policy model
Each policy (or law) in the game has a slider which allows you to fine tune it's intensity to get the balance just right. A series of equations within the game allows the same policy to have radically different effects on each voter group at different points in the slider, so some voters may be indifferent to a policy unless it reaches extreme levels, for example. Democracy 3 also models the global economy, including credit rating agencies and debt interest levels, as well as the impact of global events on your country.
What's New in Version 1.14.3
Fix crash introduced in 1.14.2
The best strategy game I've ever played
This game is by far the best strategy/simulation game I've ever played, be it political or otherwise. Unlike many others, this game actually makes you think. You have to be smart about how you run your country and doubly smart on keeping everyone relatively happy. The game itself is full of information on literally every aspect of running a country, from your GDP to how the polls read going into an election. To anyone not sure about getting this game, I tell you it is well worth the money.
This game is a little pricey for an app game, but it is an excellent game that is intricate yet fairly simple to get a handle on the basics of. You can get many hours of fun out of this game, and though it's a very good PC game, I find it easier to use, and a more natural fit, on a tablet.
The two things I would love to see added are the DLC found in the PC version (if not for free, for a very low price, following the initial ten dollars), and some ability to tinker with the behind-the-scenes settings, as in the PC version.
It is vey nice to finally find this as an app.
Brilliant sim sans stability problems.
This is a brilliant sim. It reminds me a bit of the PC game 'Shadow President' I'd play as a kid in the 90's, except it's focused on domestic policy more than foreign policy. Previous versions of this game had stability issues but this version seems to have fixed them. I've noticed Germany is pretty easy to run just by instituting far left policies, although make sure your spy services are fully funded or you may be assassinated by a capitalist plot.