Parents' Guide to

Democracy 3

By Chad Sansing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Balance ambition and political obligations in government sim

Game Linux , Mac , Windows , iPhone 2013
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Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Trying Out Government Opinions

This is the most realistic government simulation there is. It has a tough barrier to entry, but it puts you in the shoes of a real president/prime minister. Want to make a scientific paradise? Go ahead. Police state? Knock yourself out. Liberalism to the point of communism? Pure capitalism? Whatever you want, it's there.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Democracy 3 simulates the delicate surfing of political waves. Political fortunes rise and fall with economic factors, policies, and voters, each impacted by players' choices. It does a good job of suggesting what it's like to govern a democracy that depends both on money and votes, and balances the needs of the people and the survival instincts of politicians. The interface is designed well -- capturing all of the complex network of influences well, and helping players make decisions. Players also learn quickly they need to compromise, reflecting well the day-to-day tightrope of politics. The cultural and political issues that win and lose voters' favor are made visible, but it's easy for them to get lost. As a result, sometimes it feels like your decisions are targeting these issues well and winning favor, but other times it's easy to feel lost and blindsided, with little to do other than get voted out.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Linux , Mac , Windows , iPhone
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Positech Games
  • Release date: October 14, 2013
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: NR for The first Democracy game received a T rating for drug references and mild suggestive themes.
  • Last updated: September 19, 2021

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