Positech Games, developers of Gratuitous Space Battles, Are happy to announce that their hardcore political strategy game 'Democracy 3' is now released, and available on steam, for PC, Mac and Linux!
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 them.
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?
The game is available direct from the developers site here:
And direct customers get DRM-free copies that run on PC, Mac or Linux. A steam key is also included.
Democracy 3 is now also available on steam here:
The game will also be available later this week from Good Old Games (GoG), and eventually hopefully in the apple app store.
There is a website with more information on the game here:
An HD trailer introducing the idea of the game is here:
And there are already some youtube lets play videos such as this one:
There is also the inevitable facebook page for Democracy 3 here:
For more information, and access to review copies, or if you have any questions, or want to interview the developer, please contact Cliff Harris (cliffski) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Positech Games is a UK indie game development company responsible for 'Kudos' 'Democracy' 'Gratuitous Space Battles' 'Gratuitous Tank Battles' and also publishes the indie game 'Redshirt'. Their site is at www.positech.co.uk.