App description: Ever wanted to run the country?

Have you ever wanted to be president? or prime-minister? Convinced you could do a better job of running the country? Let's face it, you could hardly do a worse job than our current political leaders. Crime, Unemployment, National Debt, Terrorism, Climate Change...Have you got the answers to the problems that face western industrialized nations? Here is your chance to find out

An entire virtual country

Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modelled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created.

Unique user interface

Despite being vastly detailed under-the-hood, Democracy 3 has a unique user interface that makes visualising the connections between laws, policies, voters and situations easy. A simple iconic-based view of your countries issues allows you to 'drill-down' through all the relationships between policies and voters to quickly analyse the impacts of your decisions. Your trade policy may affect GDP, which will affect unemployment, which will effect poverty, and thus crime, leading to a change in tourism, which affects GDP

Complex simulated voters

Each individual voter is a mixture of a subset of the 21 different voter groups represented within the game. They might be a young, wealthy, liberal socialist commuter, or a retired conservative religious capitalist, for example. Not only this, but the extent to which they identify each of those groups is both variable, and can be affected by your policies in the long term. Convert your country to religion, or atheism, to capitalism, or socialism by careful and nuanced adjustment of your policies and laws over time. A 'focus group' feature lets you look at individual voters and see exactly how they came to a decision to vote for you (or not!).

Detailed policy model

Each policy (or law) in the game has a slider which allows you to fine tune it's intensity to get the balance just right. A series of equations within the game allows the same policy to have radically different effects on each voter group at different points in the slider, so some voters may be indifferent to a policy unless it reaches extreme levels, for example. Democracy 3 also models the global economy, including credit rating agencies and debt interest levels, as well as the impact of global events on your country.
06-08-2014, 01:08 AM
#2
Seems like it could be kind of amazing... anyone try this yet?

06-08-2014, 02:09 AM
#3
Joined: Oct 2013
Location: Norwich, England
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I've tried the PC version and my head exploded; it's not a game to be taken lightly. That said, it's very polished, elegant and, most importantly, unique. I haven't tried the iOS version but I will soon, can definitely say that the interface should work well with touch input.

I've been looking forward to this ever since it was announced, cheers for the heads up!

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06-08-2014, 02:27 AM
#4
It look really interesting and unique, but all I keep hearing (from ios and pc) from reviews is that it's super easy and not worth the money.

Seems there are only 2 political parties, voting day is a non event, players constantly get popularity of high 90s % even if they have outlandish policies, nobody objects to policies and if you create a policy that negatively affects your country, you just bring in another policy that does the opposite and it's fixed.

All in all, sounds like very little 'simulation'.
06-08-2014, 02:52 AM
#5
A great simulation and great that a premium title more comes to the iOS platform ... the Steam Version has two small expansions ... I hope they will come to the iPad, too!

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06-08-2014, 02:56 AM
#6
I have both versions and yes, it is a great 'game' ... if you want to call it a game. It is a very well and realistic made political simulation. If you think, you could make it better than Obama & Co, you can test it. You will see, how many things are depending on each other and how fast you can get into deep trouble ...

Well worth the asking price!

Schenker P505 Notebook | iPad Air 2 | iPhone 6+

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06-08-2014, 03:44 AM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by pbb76 View Post
It look really interesting and unique, but all I keep hearing (from ios and pc) from reviews is that it's super easy and not worth the money.

Seems there are only 2 political parties, voting day is a non event, players constantly get popularity of high 90s % even if they have outlandish policies, nobody objects to policies and if you create a policy that negatively affects your country, you just bring in another policy that does the opposite and it's fixed.

All in all, sounds like very little 'simulation'.

I think that was a misconception because of people not using the difficulty slider, and also the game has been patched since then. But havent played it myself so not sure
06-08-2014, 07:07 AM
#8
Anyone has any impressions on the ipad UI? Does it work well?
06-08-2014, 07:30 AM
#9
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Originally Posted by Meridian99 View Post
Anyone has any impressions on the ipad UI? Does it work well?
Yep, very well! I would even say better than with the mouse at my Notebook.

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06-08-2014, 08:45 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,312
This seems like a great addition to iOS, always glad to see more quality ports - especially simulation games even if they don't always get the fanfare they deserve.