Just bought the game from Steam. It’s fun and well made. But after a while I noticed something that made the whole game feel pointless.
The money doesn’t matter. If you keep getting debt, sure, there’ll be a Debt Crisis event, and it affects the whole population negatively a bit. But that doesn’t really lead to anything, the country won’t default or start shutting down services, “loansharks” just keep shoveling money in. I tried it out, I was running successfully a country that has 0 income on its own. No taxes at all, no money from any policy. Debt was the only source of money. I had a good 70-90 % voter approval while the budget had no other income than ever-rising debt. The credit rating was the lowest it could be. But nothing happened. Kept going like this for 20ish turns until I realised nothing really was going to happen and I got bored. Needless to say, global recessions and such had no effect on my governing because it didn’t matter if my debt per turn was 20% higher or lower.
It kind of took the point out of playing. I could implement all the monorails and space programs I wanted, because it doesn’t matter at all what they cost. It was a fun game before I noticed this, hopefully this will be fixed in a patch one day