Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 9, 2012
    The issues themselves are a little more engaging than before, but the departure of quirky campaigns and beloved former presidents like Abraham Lincoln and JFK pose significant threats to its replayability. Without them, The Political Machine 2012 is a sober reminder of the problem that's plagued American politics almost since the beginning: at heart, it's still just the same old game.
  2. Aug 3, 2012
    The Political Machine 2012 updates the Beltway players and the hot-button issues, but keeps the same gameplay as its 2008 predecessor.
  3. Aug 14, 2012
    You can randomize population (electoral votes), wealth, issue importance, and demographics, but all this does is divorce Political Machine 2012 from context even more. There are historical and social reasons for red state/blue state divides, reasons that Republicans tend to be more successful in rural, poorer states, reasons that certain issues may be more important to California and New York than they are in Georgia and Tennessee. But Political Machine 2012 is only interested in the game of presidential politics -- and unfortunately, it doesn't even do a good job with that game.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    It's too absurdly mechanical for those uninterested in the process, and too bare-bones and lackluster for those willing to engulf themselves in it.
  5. Oct 5, 2012
    Ultimately, TPM might give you the odd chuckle, but you're not really looking forward to it running for a second term in your office. [Dec 2012, p.67]
  6. Aug 7, 2012
    This political machine is in need of a little tune-up.
  7. Aug 30, 2012
    It's a lot of work to get into politics, but it's also a lot to try and turn it into a simulation for us to play at home. I would never say this game is a perfect simulation of anything, but it does a great job of being a simple, accessible simulation game even for people who aren't really into that type of game.
  8. Oct 11, 2012
    Not serious to be legit, not funny enough to be, well, fun. [Oct 2012, p.78]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Dec 31, 2012
    This game is very addicting..... It starts where you can choose your candidate or make your own, than you are off to win the electorals... I love how you can get republican states to vote for you if you are a democrat, or vice- versa... The one thing is people dont play online very much ... However I recommend this game, add me on steam : Hulkpena , to play me online on this. Plus right now its half off.. Hurry up! Best 5 bucks I have spent in a while. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2012
    A budget offering that is priced around what its actually worth. Its a fairly amusing way to waste a couple of hours here and there. Very basic and little real depth but enough to be quite enjoyable for a short while. This is not a terrible game. I couldnt find any bugs at all. It is a a short afternoon's entertainment. Nothing wrong with it. But nothing great either. Just a bit too simplistic to be engaging for more than a short time. Full Review »
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    The Political Machine 2012 is a great Presidential campaign simulator. You choose your candidate or make your own and then start the race, it has board game like mechanics and is an addictive game. Full Review »