Best Political Games for Kids

While it might be too early for your kid to run the nation, it's never too early to learn about politics and its importance to society. Not only will learning help kids develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, it also promotes social activism. Before you send your kids off to law school, try easing them into this complex topic with fun and interactive games that let them become lead decision-makers. For more games and other learning tools that involve politics, check out our list of Government Apps, Games, and Websites.

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Crisis of Nations Game Poster Image
Civics game about running a country in global economy.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Social Studies Quiz Game Show Game Poster Image
Jeopardy-style trivia drills social studies facts.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Build-a-lot Game Poster Image
Accessible building sim both challenging and fun.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Citizens of Earth Game Poster Image
Quirky, role-playing fun has mild violence, lots of laughs.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Mission US: For Crown or Colony? Game Poster Image
First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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SimCity Deluxe App Poster Image
Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2010)
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Branches of Power Website Poster Image
Creative simulation teaches kids the legislative process.
URL: https://www.icivics.org/games/branches-power
(2013)
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Frontrunner Game Poster Image
This political simulation game is hard to use.
Platforms: Windows
(2004)
(2004)
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Immigration Nation Game Poster Image
Fast-paced matching game helps kids understand immigration.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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The Political Machine 2008 Game Poster Image
Choose your candidate and see if you win.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2008)
(2008)
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The Political Machine 2012 Game Poster Image
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V Game Poster Image
Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings Game Poster Image
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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SimCity 4 Game Poster Image
City building sim offers great entertainment & education.
Platforms: Windows
(2003)
(2003)
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Civilization Revolution App Poster Image
A deeply immersive history sim with some war play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch
(2010)
(2009)
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Counties Work Website Poster Image
Free county sim teaches civics via wacky citizen requests.
URL: https://www.icivics.org/games/counties-work
(2012)
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iCivics Website Poster Image
Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.
URL: http://www.icivics.org/
(2012)
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Quandary Game Poster Image
Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lords Game Poster Image
Spooky addition extends life of complex strategy game.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Age of Wonders 3: Golden Realms Game Poster Image
Strategy game is hard to learn but very rewarding to play.
Platforms: Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Endgame: Syria Game Poster Image
Political events play out in one-sided, provocative game.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Hail to the Chimp Game Poster Image
Politics represented as a party game, just OK.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
(2008)
(2008)
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Strife Game Poster Image
Fantasy war game is violent but promotes teamwork, strategy.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Game Poster Image
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Game Poster Image
Strategy game mixes tactical combat and hero characters.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Total War: Rome II Game Poster Image
Compelling war strategy game combines brains with brawn.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Democracy 3 Game Poster Image
Balance ambition and political obligations in government sim
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows, iPhone
(2013)
(2013)
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Papers, Please Game Poster Image
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Tropico 4 Game Poster Image
City building game offers tyrannical options.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Tropico 5 Game Poster Image
Dictator simulation imposes violence; lots of strategy.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, iPhone
(2014)
(2014)
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