It's a very OK game. As someone who has taken courses on, and is largely involved in US economics (as an investor), this game lacks a lot, such as a defined business cycle, and doesn't provide much of what it should to make proper policy decisions. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I can say that having real-world experience won't really help you in this game. For example, I can't tell if this game accounts for long term effects, such as education spending, it just seems to affect your popularity.
This is a fun game that is easy to pick up and play for a few minutes. It is a bit too simplistic sometimes but I am still enjoying it. The graphics aren't much to look at but the UI is clean and easy to use. I haven't really noticed any political bias as others claim. If you're looking for an enjoyable game that sacrifices realism for ease of use, you'll be satisfied with Random Nation
TL;DR The game is good because it alIows you to explore politics. (I read a comment somewhere that said it would make a lot more sense to put TL;DR(Too long; didn't read) at the beginning, not at the end) I liked the game due to it showing the hardships of trying to do the following: Maintain the budget, please the people, and keep the country secure. No matter what policy you try you will see the problem of each. I appreciate the staff of Rosenburger Games for spending time working on this app. It is great fun and I am looking forward to the next great games this team will create.
The game is a paradox: you make a successful economy but people hate you for cheap transport or disaster security but when a economy fails people are happy because usually alot of money are invested in useless things like transport or disaster care instead of military power and healthcare... and for some reason people who have jobs also care about wealth care.... I found that beyond retarded
PLEASE make it so that the box showing your balance will turn red or green to show whether we are losing or making money. In my opinion, this would make it easier to justify whether I am or not in a matter of milliseconds. This is literally all I want, next update?
Lack of policies. Hard to play because I was not sure what effects had the policies in the mind of the develloper. Many policies had no realistic long term effects, and many side effects where missing. If you know democracy (the game), this one is like a bad copy of 5% of its content.