Democracy 3 is the third addition to the political simulation series and was published independently by Positech Games in October 2013. As the prime minister or president of a democratic government, you’ll spend your time altering taxes, closing down borders or legalizing drugs. In reality, how you run your country is up to you – as long as you can get re-elected. In Democracy 3 there’s room for practicing your own ideology or your most devious schemes.
So why would you sign the bill and buy Democracy 3?
- Because the game seems extremely complex at first but actually makes a lot of logical sense after a short while. Politics is split into 7 separate areas, including for example taxes or foreign policy which all come with their separate issues and systems.
- Because you’ll deal with real issues like pollution, obesity, education or racial tension.
- Because you’ll start seeing your true political nature through the decisions you make. Unless you try carrying out a Stalin or North Korea that is.
- Because it’s fun to experiment with how much you can actually screw the population over while still facing re-election
- Because keeping both voters and the economy in a healthy state is both challenging and rewarding once you’ve cracked it
Why wouldn’t you buy Democracy 3?
- Because once you’ve started over a couple of times, you’ll start noticing that the game recycles a lot of the dilemmas you face.
- Because the music is absolutely horrible.
- Because the game really could have benefited from some actual 3D characters. Or at least some voice acting.
- Because the game requires a lot of micromanagement and long periods of time without anything noteworthy happening. If you’re into action, then this is not your game.
SHOULD you buy Democracy 3?
Yes. It’s a fun and complex game that rewards your eye for detail. However, It’s not a huge game with endless outcomes and possibilities, so you might want to get it on sale.