Do you consider yourself to be something of a political animal? Do you follow all political affairs closely, know exactly who’s who in government, and stay up all night watching the news as big stories unfold around political events?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, you are probably the type of person who enjoys playing political board games. An interest in politics can be fostered from an early age. Political board games are an outstanding tool to introduce the concept of politics to children.
By giving children age-appropriate political board games and teaching them how to play these games, you can raise your children to be solid citizens who have a good understanding of the political world.
This will put them in the position of being sufficiently educated to be able to make their own informed decisions about important matters in the political sphere.
Playing political board games can help to sharpen your mind and hone your skills, making you more astute in the world of politics, and better able to practice good judgment when faced with a complex political quandary.
There is no better way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon than with a group of friends, all seated around a table, playing board games, and sipping hot chocolate.
There are many political board games that have been developed and become popular over the years. Some are suitable for children, while others are more geared towards adults. But you should be able to find something for everyone.
Let’s take a look at some of the political board games that are currently selling on Amazon.
Our Political Board Games Reviews and Comparisons
More Detailed Political Board Games Reviews and Comparisons
Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game Review
Mapmaker, the Gerrymandering Game is a game that teaches about gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is a complicated process of manipulation. It involves manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency.
This is a fast-paced game that is very educational and teaches you how politicians can manipulate the political situation to serve their own needs.
What We Like About Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game
Mapmaker, the Gerrymandering Game is highly educational, while also being a lot of fun to play. We like the fact that it teaches about a concept that may be little-known, but is commonly put into practice.
This is a family-friendly game that encourages children to learn about political activity from a very young age. It does not take long to complete the game, so even younger children will remain engaged and they will not lose interest too quickly.
What We Don’t Like About Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game
There is very little not to like about this game. It is loads of fun and is suitable for all ages, adults and children alike.
- Simple, easy-to-follow instructions.
- High-quality pieces and board.
- Quick, fast-paced game.
- Encourages strategic thinking
- A fun way to teach children about politics.
Trump Cards Review
Described on the box as ‘The wackiest card game ever!’, this game is in all essence one that pokes light-hearted fun at the former president of the United States.
Everyone knows that he is somewhat notorious for some of the ridiculous things he has said over the years. This game encourages you to discern what he really said and to recognize what is fake news.
What We Like About Trump Cards
At only $14, Trump Cards is an inexpensive game that will keep the whole family entertained for hours. We love the fact that it is so affordable.
This game makes a fantastic gift for all ages. There is an adult version too, for the more sophisticated players.
What We Don’t Like About Trump Cards
We don’t like the fact that there are too few fake news cards. It makes the game a little too simple.
The game goes very quickly, so it doesn’t provide entertainment for too long.
- Very funny and good for a laugh.
- Suitable for large groups of up to 10 players.
- Small and compact.
- Makes a wonderful gift.
- Simple instructions, easy to play.
- Poor quality cards.
- Not enough ‘fake news’ cards.
The Agenda Game Review
This game is a great family activity. It is a wonderful way to introduce young teenagers to the world of politics. Each player has to choose an agenda and find ways to implement it. The object of the game is to be the first player to collect enough money to implement your agenda.
The game is filled with humor and there will be lots of laughter. It also contains interesting trivia to broaden your general knowledge. Thrown into the mix, there are a couple of scandals along the way, as is common in real American politics.
What We Like About The Agenda Game
Many board games take hours and hours to complete the game, resulting in boredom along the way. We like the fact that this game is not prolonged or drawn out. The game takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete; enough time to entertain you and keep all the players occupied, but brief enough to hold your interest for the full duration of the game, without anyone getting bored and wandering off to the kitchen to find something to eat.
The Agenda Game includes a lot of interesting trivia. This is excellent for broadening your general knowledge. It is a great way to help children develop a broad worldview.
What We Don’t Like About The Agenda Game
The first time you play this game, it can be a little confusing. There are a lot of instructions, and they are not very easy to follow. However, after playing once or twice you will get the idea and it becomes more enjoyable.
- A good introduction to the United States political world.
- Suitable for both smaller and bigger groups of players
- Entertaining and educational.
- A lovely way for families to bond while playing the game.
- Deals with a lot of relevant political issues.
- Instructions are complicated and difficult to follow.
- Not suitable for pre-teen children.
Race To The White House Review
Race To The White House has become one of the most popular political board games. It is a sophisticated game, suitable for two players. The game simulates a presidential election in the United States of America, pitting the Democratic Party and the Republican Party against each other.
What We Like About Race To The White House
We like the fact that even though this game deals with a serious topic, it does so in a very entertaining and light-hearted way. It is a lot of fun.
The game is fast-paced, and there is no room for boredom. You have to be on your toes and paying attention all the time, in order to stay on top of the game.
What We Don’t Like About Race To The White House
The rules book is very complicated and difficult to understand. It requires intense concentration and careful reading in order to figure out how to play the game.
The manufacturers have taken down the website, so there are no simple instructions online explaining how to play the game.
- Excellent tool for learning about American politics.
- Includes information about all 50 states in the USA.
- Contains many interesting and unusual details about US elections.
- A full game takes less than 2 hours to complete.
- Only for 2 players, not suitable for a big group of friends or family.
- Instructions too complicated
Mapmaker, the Gerrymandering Game is clearly our favorite of all the political board games that we looked at. It offers the best value for money, provides great entertainment, and is a fabulous tool for teaching kids about politics.