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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GAME

Social Studies Quiz Game Show

age 9+

Jeopardy-style trivia drills social studies facts.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2013)
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GAME

Build-a-lot

age 10+

Accessible building sim both challenging and fun.

Platforms: Windows (2008)
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GAME

Citizens of Earth

age 10+

Quirky, role-playing fun has mild violence, lots of laughs.

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GAME

Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

age 10+

First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2011)
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APP

SimCity Deluxe

age 10+

Updated classic urban-building sim shines as an app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2010)
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WEBSITE

Branches of Power

age 11+

Creative simulation teaches kids the legislative process.

URL: https://www.icivics.org/games/branches-power (2013)
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GAME

Frontrunner

age 11+

This political simulation game is hard to use.

Platforms: Windows (2004)
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GAME

Immigration Nation

age 11+

Fast-paced matching game helps kids understand immigration.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2011)
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GAME

The Political Machine 2008

age 11+

Choose your candidate and see if you win.

Platforms: Windows, Mac (2008)
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GAME

The Political Machine 2012

age 11+

Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.

Platforms: Windows (2012)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V

age 11+

Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.

Platforms: Windows (2010)
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GAME

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

age 11+

Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.

Platforms: Mac, Windows (2012)
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GAME

SimCity 4

age 11+

City building sim offers great entertainment & education.

Platforms: Windows (2003)
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APP

Civilization Revolution

age 12+

A deeply immersive history sim with some war play.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch (2009)
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WEBSITE

Counties Work

age 12+

Free county sim teaches civics via wacky citizen requests.

URL: https://www.icivics.org/games/counties-work (2012)
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WEBSITE

iCivics

age 12+

Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.

URL: https://www.icivics.org/ (2012)
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WEBSITE

Quandary

age 12+

Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.

URL: https://www.quandarygame.org/ (2013)
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GAME

Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lords

age 13+

Spooky addition extends life of complex strategy game.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux (2015)
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GAME

Age of Wonders 3: Golden Realms

age 13+

Strategy game is hard to learn but very rewarding to play.

Platforms: Windows (2014)
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GAME

Endgame: Syria

age 13+

Political events play out in one-sided, provocative game.

Platforms: Windows (2013)
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