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.

Browse Best Political Games for Kids

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