Positech Games announces the release of Democracy 3
, saying the election
and governance sequel is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The game is
available on Steam
directly from the
Democracy 3 website
, with the later providing the DRM-free version of the
game as well as a Steam key. Here's word:
Democracy 3 is the third in the
series of complex and deep political strategy games where the player takes on
the role of President or Prime Minister, charged with the task of keeping the
population happy, the economy booming and preventing society collapsing around
Democracy 3 is the only game of it's kind. Not an election-simulation, but a
government-simulation, built around a custom-programmed neural network and
unique iconic user interface that represents the thousands of simulated voters,
pressure groups, policies, laws and statistics that make up a detailed model of
a western democracy.
As president, you decide what laws to set, which taxes to raise (or cut) which
government programs to expand, introduce or cancel, whilst keeping one eye on
the countdown to the next election. All political careers end in failure, and
Democracy 3 is thus a game that cannot truly be won, only eventually lost.
Democracy 3's release comes at a curious time, when the US government is
actually shutdown, the political parties engaged in a stalemate where
passionately held arguments about the right to affordable health care,
state-provision of public services and the need to balance a country's spending
against it's income are in danger of bringing the US economy to the brink of
implosion. There may not be any governing going on in Washington right now, but
all the more reason for gamers to pick up where the politicians have left off.
Can they avoid triggering the games 'debt crisis' situation and do a better job
than the republicans and democrats? Can you?