Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Democracy 3 Gameplay Review

I'm playing Democracy 3, a political simulation by Positech Games.

Choosing between a handful of countries, your goal is to get re-elected while (hopefully) improving the nation. Each voter is a member of different groups and weigh the importance of each group differently. Your cabinet generates political capital, the currency you need to change policies. The cause and effect relationships between the different policies and statistics of your nation are interesting and complex, but fairly intuitive thanks to the seemingly unorganized but eventually useful interface that utilizes a lot of icons with arrows that display how your policies affect national attributes and voters. Events and decisions will also appear during your term. Improving the issues most important to the most voters while keeping an eye on the budget is the best course to success. Political buffs should enjoy the multi-layered simulation that drives Democracy 3.