This game is the third installment of the popular indie game Democracy that was released in 2005, followed by the sequel in 2007, and now this most recent game this month. This game was created and released by Positech, a one man band. Cliff Harris runs the company and does almost 100% of the work for these games and sells them online with demos that people can get before they decide to buy the full version.
The basis of the game is that the player chooses to lead a democratic country, by picking a country you either become a prime minister or president of the county. After that the player is to lead the country though terms of office making important decisions in relation to the actual running of a county. The game only continues if you are able to be reelected and you have to do things to keep a majority of the population that you are ruling happy enough to get reelected.
The game play is quite simple and the game starts there is a comprehensive walkthrough and explanation of what everything does and how is corresponds to the game play and how it effects other things that it is connected to negatively or positively. The player works through a whole term part by part and they try to do things that makes the greater majority of the electorate happy so that the player is reelected so as to keep the game going. What decisions and actions that they use their political capital for dictates how the game will progress.
The Characters that are presented in this game are quite simple. There is the player as the executive figure, the general public that can be broken into smaller sub-socioeconomic groups, the cabinet or ministers that assist the executive, and some other people will pop up to help the player and give information to the player. The player has many different scenarios that they can take with various countries and various parties and policies the options are endless.
The controls are very simple, just the click of the mouse is all the player needs to be able to do overall for this game. The graphics are intricate from the aspect that the creator made a lot of icons that all fed into each other, for instance hovering over one issue on the map will then direct positive or negative arrows to the other effected issues represented by other icons.
This game came in as a 7 out of 10 overall. This game would probably not be the first choice of the average player, but the game is extremely similar to real life. This has been used as an educational tool, and should continue to be. This would be an outstanding tool to use at a university level as to show people what the reactions and outcomes come from the actions of a national leader instead of a theoretical situation and exceptions that one reads while studying situations. Cliff Harris really does a fantastic job at bringing the real world through on this game.
Overall Score: 7/10
RGN Rating: Bronze Game
Developer / Publisher: Positech
Available On: Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.