I’ve been playing this game for some time now, tried different maps, party ideas and difficulties (100-130%). I think the strengh of the game is, that you can slowly rise the difficulty and try to figure out, how to win as different parties like Liberal-Kapitalists or Religious Patriots. Basically it seems to be important to adjust the policies in dependance to investors sympahties and to some of the largest groups of the society.
But it seems like a problem, which, judging form other forum entries, is well known among a lot of players and probably the devs aswell. It’s kinda hard to get elected during the first elections (espacially if there is a economic crisis :)))) ), but once this is accomplished and the election promises have been choosen wisely, it gets fairly easy to maintain the lead over the opposition. On all of my 5 succesful “playthroughs” the game got kind of uninteresting after my party got elected the second time. There weren’t a lot of options, since I already annulated, adjusted or implemented all the policies I did (not) want / need. The approval of my party among the society stayed relativley stable aswell.
As stated the early stages of the game are pretty balanced, challenging and fun. So good job on that! But I think that playthroughs loose their challenging character after the second election. Thats why I suggest to add more obstacles for the player to deal with. Maybe already satisfied folks could get more demanding or not-so-satisfied people could go on a riot, burn some cars and demand more concrete policy changes. I think the media reports are going in the right direction (for example a tourist gets killed and that effects tourism). Same goes for the indifference-mechanic. But I think that their impact should increase throughout a playthrough. The player should feel the consequences and the urge to act quickly. Right now it’s too easy to ignore those situations or find a easy solution. Also it’s kind of hard for the members of a certain group to demand more, if most of the policies already work in their favor. So maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, if not all of the policies are aviable right on the start of the game. Or maybe add new ones, which will be introduced after the second election (maybe bc it’s somethink completely knew for the country, like the pandemic was for us all).
Anyways I don’t regret buying the game and the gameplay was pretty nice so far