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    Total War: Arena

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    Edward Robertson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to play the video games and this one is about war so there is much action to be had. The name of it is the Total War: Arena and it is soo good! You can even play it for free, online with other people that are also online. It is a war simulation game and boy is it a fun one, you should play too!"
    1. 236
      Crusader Kings 2
      Crusader Kings II is a strategy game set in the Middle Ages where players control a medieval dynasty. The game is a dynasty simulator that with some DLCs sets you in the Middle Age from 782 to 1456 and includes historical figures such as Charlemagne, El Cid, Harald Hardrada, Saladin, William the Conqueror and many more.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $39.99

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      Guo Hu
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I believe CK2 is the best story generator out there in terms of government simulation. The graphics may not be at par with other games but man, the history just keeps on..."
      GH
      Guo Hu
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I believe CK2 is the best story generator out there in terms of government simulation. The graphics may not be at par with other games but man, the history just keeps on getting interesting even if I've played this for almost 2 months. I keep on discovering new things like the pre-set politics that really stirs up the political air. I can choose among staggering number of possibilities on how I would want to turn the tide of war and era."
    2. 194
      Tropico 5
      Tropico 5 is a construction and management simulation video game. For the first time in the Tropico series the game features cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4

      $19.99

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      Robert Palmer
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I thought this game was easy but it's becoming complex and complex as I immerse in the world of Tropico that I often watch Tropico gameplays online just to guide me! This same..."
      RP
      Robert Palmer
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I thought this game was easy but it's becoming complex and complex as I immerse in the world of Tropico that I often watch Tropico gameplays online just to guide me! This same complexity really got me hooked into the game. This really opened up my perspective about how politics can get dirty just for you to keep your office."
      JG
      Jesús Gallegos
      Written on June 10, 2017
      "This game would be a great tool to teach players what it's like to lead a country. I have played the previous installments of the series and they did well with showing the tribulations of being a political leader. Having co-op gameplay this time around would make it easy to see how it is to work with others while in power."
      EM
      Elizabeth Moore
      Written on March 3, 2017
      "I love all kinds of simulation games but many of them lack the multiplayer function that I've been looking for. Tropico 5 lets me craft my government and interact with my friends and other players all over the world. This makes for a new and exciting experience every time!"
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      Aaryan Nair
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "Tropico 5 is a simulation like no other. Manage all aspects with other players. Build new items, and move through different levels."
    3. 169
      Democracy 3 Africa
      Democracy 3: Africa is the new standalone 're-imagining' of the hit political strategy game 'Democracy 3'. D3: A uses the base design and gameplay from the original game but the diversity of social and economic situations in Africa presents you with new challenges and opportunities.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $14.99

      HD
      Hannah Daniels
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "This is a fantastic game which allows me to run a country!! I've always wondered what it's like to run an African country and D3 Africa gave me that experience!! Various..."
      HD
      Hannah Daniels
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "This is a fantastic game which allows me to run a country!! I've always wondered what it's like to run an African country and D3 Africa gave me that experience!! Various African countries to choose from to play with. As the government I legitemized the usual illegal activities like gambling and prostituion in order to boom the economy and it somehow helped alleviate the poor in my country."
      RK
      Raymond Keller
      Written on May 9, 2017
      "I have always loved simulation games. I particularly like games where I can build civilizations and governments. Democracy 3 Africa lets me make decisions that control the fate of different countries."
      AO
      Andrés Ochoa
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "A super fun political game that I really enjoyed."

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that games based on geopolitics and elections existed long before the emergence of personal computers? One of the earliest games was called The Game of Politics, created by Oswald B. Lord in 1935 which remained in circulation until 1960. The game, often shortened to Politics, simulates a simplified version of the presidential election in the United States of America - which features a map of the USA showing each state and its capital, speech cards, and a pair of dice - with the endgame being triggered once a player has won the majority vote. Another game of the same genre was released titled Diplomacy, created by Allan Calhamer in 1954 and released commercially in 1959. The game has a few major distinctions from most board wargames, with a main focus on negotiation phases wherein players spend most of their time forming and betraying alliances with their fellow players, forming beneficial strategies in the process. The game also removes dice and other game elements that produce random effects, leaving in-game events and its aftermaths entirely up to its players and their respective decisions.

    With the current rise in technology, plenty of games that imitate the themes and rules of political and government simulation have been released to the market, offering a wide variety in different platforms like personal computers, gaming consoles, and mobile phones.

    1. 155
      Europa Universalis IV
      The fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $39.99

      HY
      Han Yao
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I play Europa in multiplayer mode. I like the freedom and flexibility this game gives me when it comes to decision making. For beginners, the historical trivia shouldn't..."
      HY
      Han Yao
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I play Europa in multiplayer mode. I like the freedom and flexibility this game gives me when it comes to decision making. For beginners, the historical trivia shouldn't constrain you in a way but let it guide you to decide for the bigger picture. I"
      HB
      Humberto Bravo
      Written on February 21, 2017
      "Super fun game for adventure lovers. I got hooked onto this game that is a great combination of power and decision making. It brings out the dominant side in you and gives you a chance to explore the limitless possibilities of creating and ruling a nation."
      JF
      Jordan Fields
      Written on May 16, 2017
      "If you like games like Civilization, then you'll love this. A friend got me into this, and I'm hooked! Just be careful, you'll lose hours and hours of your life to this game."
      RF
      Ronald Fernandez
      Written on April 27, 2017
      "A really great interactive strategy game.I could play this all day."
    2. 142
      Tropico 4
      Tropico 4 is a construction and management simulation video game, which focuses on a city building simulation. The game follows the protagonist, El Presidente, as he works towards restoring the power that he lost in the Caribbean after averting a nuclear war perpetrated by the US vice president in order to rise to power.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $14.99

      VH
      Vincent Henderson
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "my friend bought this game for me because she knows how much i loved playing this. i must say this is a total ramp up from tropico 3 although the gameplay doesnt go far from..."
      VH
      Vincent Henderson
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "my friend bought this game for me because she knows how much i loved playing this. i must say this is a total ramp up from tropico 3 although the gameplay doesnt go far from 3. the side quests are somehow emphasized here and i find that by doing them, they actually add more value to my gameplay."
      MS
      Mildred Simmons
      Written on May 22, 2017
      "I enjoy spending my time with this game and trying to overcome the many challenges faced in Tropico 4. As El Presidente, I have a government to run and an island to rebuild, thanks to that V.P. from you-know-where. This is a great government simulation game with many of the same problems and issues faced by real politicians."
      XC
      Xu Chang
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "Tropico 4 is a construction strategy game that lets you build and manage an empire on a tropical Caribbean island. You can take power sort of like a Dictator and give your citizens a hell of a life and take full command of your empire. I enjoyed Tropic 4 allot and highly recommend it for novice player and advanced players."
      JJ
      Jessica Jin
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "Tropico 4 is a online based game that simulates running a virtual government of an Island."
    3. 119
      Realpolitiks

      Become the ruler of any contemporary country in Realpolitiks,  a streamlined real-time grand strategy game.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

      $24.99

      JJ
      Justin Jensen
      Written on January 23, 2017
      "Well I wanted a game that simulated governments, and how to run them, ive tried other games like the democracy series but it really didn't fulfill my needs. So I decided..."
      JJ
      Justin Jensen
      Written on January 23, 2017
      "Well I wanted a game that simulated governments, and how to run them, ive tried other games like the democracy series but it really didn't fulfill my needs. So I decided to look for other games, and Realpolitiks was suggested, and after playing it a while this was really what I was looking for. It has everything I wanted, It allowed me to dive head first into running my own government with real factors, I was aloud to run wild with real restraints. Overall im amazed!"
      JS
      Jordan Simpson
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "A real-time strategy to to achieve world domination, Realpolitiks is a game with tons of depth. Using military, trade, diplomatic, and espionage tactics to defeat other nations is the goal. Building an empire takes many hours and requires strategy."
      BH
      Bobby Hudson
      Written on March 20, 2017
      "I think that this game seems to fit the bill seamlessly. Politics and strategy, that's the best way to go in playing any kind of government type game."
    4. 104
      Citystate

      Citystate is a government simulation game developed and published by Andy Sztark. First released on 22 February 2018, this game lets players create a 21st century nation to simulate the governance they want on it.

      Games

      Windows

      $14.99

      RG
      Rubén Guillén
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Citystate is among the government simulators that I really like. Even though the graphics are low res and with very little visual appeal, this focuses much on the politics of..."
      RG
      Rubén Guillén
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Citystate is among the government simulators that I really like. Even though the graphics are low res and with very little visual appeal, this focuses much on the politics of the game rather than micromanaging various economical aspects which tend to be complext later on. I don't have that luxury of brain neurons to decide too complicatedly so Citystate really fits my lifestyle hehe"
    5. 81
      Crisis in the Kremlin
      Crisis in the Kremlin is a game set in the Perestroika era, where you are set to reign over the Soviet Union during this harsh period and lead it to a bright future by any way you like.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $4.99

      NH
      Nicholas Harrison
      Written on May 15, 2017
      "I love to play strategy games. This is one of my favorites. I not just get to delve in the details of history and learn, but feel powerful to make it change its course. The..."
      NH
      Nicholas Harrison
      Written on May 15, 2017
      "I love to play strategy games. This is one of my favorites. I not just get to delve in the details of history and learn, but feel powerful to make it change its course. The different routes that I can take keeps it interesting."
      JS
      Jacob Stewart
      Written on January 30, 2017
      "I can change the course of history and the fall of the Soviet Union. I can simulate the oil prices, the trade policies, the political elections and more of the country to ensure its survival."
      BB
      Brian Bell
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "I really like Crisis in the Kremlin. It had great graphics and the price was awesome."
    6. 61
      Democracy 3
      Democracy 3 is a complex government simulation game. The player must introduce and alter policies in seven areas: tax, economy, welfare, foreign policy, transport, law and order and public services.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, iOS

      $24.99

      VV
      Victoria Vázquez
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "This game centers on you being the prime minister or president of a democratic country. Throughout your time in office, you will be faced with deciding what to do during..."
      VV
      Victoria Vázquez
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "This game centers on you being the prime minister or president of a democratic country. Throughout your time in office, you will be faced with deciding what to do during certain situations. You try to gain the most favor from your voters and ensure their safety and happiness."
      VF
      Vincent Fisher
      Written on April 9, 2017
      "I wanted to find a game that simulates different functions and areas of government. I found this game called Democracy 3, and it has really made me psyched to play a role in government- in the game and in life."
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      Tom Tan
      Written on May 29, 2017
      "Fun game that puts you in charge, if you ever wanted to act like a president then this is a great resource for you. I had lots of fun running my own government."
    7. 40
      Sid Meier's Civilization VI

      Sid Meier's Civilization VI also known as Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Firaxis Games and Aspyr. It was released on October 21, 2016, and is available on Windows, Mac, and iOS users.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

      Free

      RG
      Rakesh Gavde
      Written on February 11, 2017
      "Always wanted to be a great leader or a president of a country? You can by playing in this game. Compete against leaders and show them who is boss!"
      RG
      Rakesh Gavde
      Written on February 11, 2017
      "Always wanted to be a great leader or a president of a country? You can by playing in this game. Compete against leaders and show them who is boss!"
      RM
      Ralph Martinez
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "Product appears to be very interesting and influencing"
    8. 21
      Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency
      In this tremendously patriotic parody, guide President Trump as he builds the wall, defeats ISIS, and overcomes the globalists by making America rich through great trade deals.
      Games

      Windows

      $2.99

      VC
      Vincent Cox
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "While this solution is, indeed, a government simulation game, it lacked the realism and veracity I was looking for in a simulator. I found it good for quick fun, but poor for..."
      VC
      Vincent Cox
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "While this solution is, indeed, a government simulation game, it lacked the realism and veracity I was looking for in a simulator. I found it good for quick fun, but poor for any kind of complicated long-term strategy, which was really what I had been hoping for."
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      Brian Salazar
      Written on January 29, 2017
      "Don't waste your time playing this game, its unrealistic. The game is pro-Trump so if you aren't a supporter dont bother playing the game."
    9. 3
      Reigns

      Reigns is an indie strategy video game developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) medieval monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal controller either left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

      $2.99

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      Wayne Hall
      Written on March 5, 2017
      "I had high hopes for this game, but it didn't meet my expectations. It has too many limitations on game play that limit you from truly making the kingdom your own. I..."
      WH
      Wayne Hall
      Written on March 5, 2017
      "I had high hopes for this game, but it didn't meet my expectations. It has too many limitations on game play that limit you from truly making the kingdom your own. I enjoyed some of the plot lines and the dueling, but not a great game overall."
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      Dorothy Murphy
      Written on September 12, 2017
      "I love basically being a little dictator in these games! You get to really rule your kingdom in this insta-classic!"
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      Vishal Subramanium
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "I had a fun time playing this game. The graphics was cool and it had a entertaining story."

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    Summary

    Best government simulation games
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Crusader Kings 2 Games 236 Paid
    2 Tropico 5 Games 194 Paid
    3 Democracy 3 Africa Games 169 Paid
    4 Europa Universalis IV Games 155 Paid
    5 Tropico 4 Games 142 Paid
    6 Realpolitiks Games 119 Paid
    7 Citystate Games 104 Paid
    8 Crisis in the Kremlin Games 81 Paid
    9 Democracy 3 Games 61 Paid
    10 Sid Meier's Civilization VI Games 40 Paid
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