Have you ever wondered what if? What if 2016 had gone differently, if perhaps your candidate had had a bit more money, been a better candidate, or just been a bit luckier? What if someone else had run? What if a third party candidate had just as much money to spend? Or maybe even significantly more? What could you do with a hundred million dollars? A billion? Ten billion? What if there were four competitive parties? How would that change things? What if there were no established parties running at all?
With Election Manager 2016 you can answer those questions and more... Try running an election on a shoestring or with an unfair advantage. Run as a Democrat or Republican, manage the Libertarian or Green ticket, or go completely independent. Let your adviser make all your decisions for you, or micromanage every decision yourself, or anything in-between. The choices are all up to you.
About the Game:
Election Manager 2016 is an abstract strategic election simulation game where you manage your ticket in an attempt to get your candidate elected to the office of President of the United States. Election Manager comes with a variety of scenarios, from a recreation of the 2012 election to a four-way election between independent parties. In addition, almost any imaginable two-to-four way election scenario can be designed by the player.
The Election Manager 2016 engine uses actual historical and demographic data to produce reasonable election results, taking into account factors such as partisan lean and voter elasticity. The player will not only have to consider states but also media markets, giving the game a strategic dimension due the inefficient mapping from one to the other. For instance, to target New Jersey's 14 electoral votes, the player would have to spend money on ads in the Philadelphia or New York City markets — but significant portions of those markets are actually in other states. So is it really worth spending that money there, or would it be better spent going after other states instead?
While Election Manager aims to give you complete control of your strategy, it also comes with tools to help you manage it — up to and including an AI campaign manager to which you can delegate any part (or all) of your strategy, from campaign stops to ad buys to state offices to polling. Game features include:
• Completely customizable scenarios, including pre-built 2012 and hypothetical 2016 scenarios
• Scenarios for two to four parties
• Run a Democratic ticket, a Republican ticket, or any number of third-party or independent tickets
• Single player or hotseat multiplayer
• Set up campaign and fundraising stops for your candidate
• Plan your ad strategy for every market in the United States
• Use ads to attack your opponent, or boost your campaign with positive ads
• Set up campaign offices in battleground states
• Handle everything yourself, delegate everything to your AI campaign advisor, or anything in-between
• Tools to help you plan your polling or ad campaigns or budgeting
• Data and maps and lots of it
• Now loads 2016 scenario on initial start correctly
• Updated 2016 scenario to match actual election results (so much for early polling)
Ratings and Reviews
5-stars from a tough reviewer
All-around excellent game. Easy to learn and just as easy to play. The AI advisor is definitely helpful. Could use some minor tweaks tho.
The platforms are too general, they should be along a scale instead of a left-right option. There needs to be a approval rating. Just because voters have heard of you doesn't mean they like you. It could use a signature issue option such as health care, immigration, etc. There should also be the option to hire specific staff that serve as a multiplier for the AI advisor. Also, a feature that allowed for a specific political base would add much greater nuance. And, finally, we should know the total votes cast not just the percentage to the tenth.
Either than those minor concerns a fantastic game.
Needs Updates To Make It More Realistic
Great game. Best election game I have ever played. I suggest that this game is given a GOP, Democrat, Libertarian, and GRN Party primary. Also I think it should have to more candidate slots (i.e. One for Darell Castle of the Constitution Party and one for Evan McMullin of the Independent Party). Also more platform issues such as Combating Terrorism and the Justice System. Also I would like to know the number of votes I get in each state and total not just the percentage. Lastly it would be cool if maybe added scenarios where you run for congress, senate, and governor. But this game really needs primaries above all! Please add them!
Great Game! Here are My Conncerns
I like the game, but here are some ideas. Allow more options in the platform. Keep the history of the players’ elections, including running mates, electoral maps, percentages, etc., so that stories can be made. This is my most important issue. Also, be keeping the partisanship of each state active. Other than these things, a great app!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.