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Executive Command

By Chad Sansing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Quick, feel-good tour of the presidency.

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Executive Command delivers a bright, broad-strokes overview of the president's work. But because the game is meant for both middle and high school, the substance of the president's work seems centrist, neutral, and low-stakes. The decisions that you make are guided more by the game than by your own beliefs or goals. For example, it's always clear which choices the game considers to be "good" and "bad," so you have to play the game looking for the obviously "correct" answer instead of thinking critically.

Making "bad" decisions on purpose doesn't alter the game's trajectory, just the assessment of your performance. Waging war, in particular, seems uncharacteristically easy, simple, and vague. You might find yourself asking the military to act without knowing if you've asked for surveillance or an attack. Consequence, in general, rarely shows up in Executive Command outside of the scores you receive for "good" and "bad" decisions.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies : citizenship, government, power structures, the economy
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : decision-making, part-whole relationships
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 19, 2020

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