Game Features

Win the hearts and minds of America’s voters and take the 2020 presidential election by storm in Stardock’s popular political strategy game. Choose a candidate and run against a computer opponent or a candidate controlled by another person over the Internet.

  • Spread your Ideology – Participate in Town Hall events to earn ideology points and solidify your position on hot issues with your voters.
  • Manage your Campaign Budget – Purchase advertisements, travel across the country to campaign, and hire operatives to enhance your PR or cripple your opponent. Be wary - if you overspend and need extra cash, it might come from somewhere that will shake voters’ confidence in you!
  • Create a Candidate – Customize your own front runner and race for the White House.
  • Be Ready for Anything – Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other “breaking news” events can pop up and change the direction of the campaign for better or worse.
  • Generate Enthusiasm – Use your power and money to purchase ads to discredit your opponent and influence voters. The greater enthusiasm your base has for an issue, the more effective your ad campaigns will be.
  • Choose your Candidate – Play as one of several candidates, each with their own custom stats like stamina, intelligence, charisma, media bias, and more.
  • Practice your Politics – A sophisticated underlying simulation model uses census data and real issues to test your political savvy.
  • Check your Standings – With poll tracking and leaderboards, you can see how well people are playing as their candidates or what issues they are supporting over time.


Yang and Trump compete for swing-state Ohio.

Bernie Sanders is one of several candidates to choose from.

New ideology trees make each candidate and their campaign issues unique.

Check the strategy map and see how well you’re winning - or how badly you’re losing.

Give speeches, raise your voters'
enthusiasm, and win the presidency.

COMING SOON: The Political Machine 2020!

Let the Campaign Begin! Stardock announced its new political strategy/simulation game today, The Political Machine 2020.... [read full article]

01.15.2020 | Tatiora

New Campaign DLC for The Political Machine 2016 is Now Available

New Campaign DLC brings Ladder Mode, Historical Candidates, and New Challenges Battle for your spot in... [read full article]

07.19.2016 | Island Dog

The Political Machine 2016 v1.2 - Available Now

v1.2 Brings Ranked Multiplayer Matchmaking, Election Simulation Mode and a New Campaign Event Enjoy... [read full article]

07.19.2016 | Island Dog

Minimum System Requirements


Windows 8 / 10
64-bit Processor


2 GHz Dual Core Processor




Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
Radeon HD 3600 or Better


Version 11


Broadband Internet

Hard Drive

500 MB Available Space