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Best government simulation games

1.Crusader Kings 2

Paid: $39.99

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.

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  • Craig Graham

    by Craig Graham

    Again, Paradox is a game company known to develop strategy sandbox games on a grand scale--this is particularly true with this government simulator. I More

  • Guo Hu

    by Guo Hu

    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 hi More

2.Tropico 5

Paid: $19.99 Check price
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.

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  • by Robert Palmer

    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 ju More

  • Elizabeth Moore

    by Elizabeth Moore

    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  More

  • by Jesús Gallegos

    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  More

  • Aaryan Nair

    by Aaryan Nair

    Tropico 5 is a simulation like no other. Manage all aspects with other players. Build new items, and move through different levels.

3.Realpolitiks

Paid: $24.99 with in-app purchases

Realpolitiks is a real-time strategy and government simulation game set on a grand scale where players get to become the leaders of nations. The leader is responsible for using his nation's power in economics, military, and more.

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  • Justin Jensen

    by Justin Jensen

    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  More

  • by Bobby Hudson

    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.

  • Jordan Simpson

    by Jordan Simpson

    A real-time strategy to to achieve world domination, Realpolitiks is a game with tons of depth. Using military, trade, diplomatic, and espionage tacti More

4.Europa Universalis IV

Paid: $39.99
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.

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  • Humberto Bravo

    by Humberto Bravo

    Super fun game for adventure and political simulation game lovers. I got hooked onto this game that is a great combination of power and decision ma

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  • Han Yao

    by Han Yao

    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 historic More

  • Jordan Fields

    by Jordan Fields

    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 More

  • Ronald Fernandez

    by Ronald Fernandez

    A really great interactive strategy game.I could play this all day.

5.Tropico 4

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • by Mildred Simmons

    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 an More

  • Vincent Henderson

    by Vincent Henderson

    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 game More

  • by Jessica Jin

    Tropico 4 is a online based game that simulates running a virtual government of an Island.

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    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 D More

6.Democracy 3

Paid: $24.99 with in-app purchases
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.

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  • Chao Yang

    by Chao Yang

    Interface-wise, Democracy can really pass as a great nation simulation game. It offers deep and balanced politics. Proving your ideals in just 3 hours More

  • Victoria Vázquez

    by Victoria Vázquez

    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 decidin More

  • Tom Tan

    by Tom Tan

    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 g More

  • by Vincent Fisher

    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 ps More

7.Democracy 3 Africa

Paid: $14.99

Democracy 3 Africa is a turn-based strategy game that falls under the political strategy genre. It features an intuitive interface that will help you navigate the political and economic nature of this game.

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  • Hannah Daniels

    by Hannah Daniels

    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 e More

  • Raymond Keller

    by Raymond Keller

    I have always loved simulation games. I particularly like games where I can build civilizations and governments. Democracy 3 Africa lets me make decis More

  • Andrés Ochoa

    by Andrés Ochoa

    A super fun political game that I really enjoyed.

8.Citystate

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • Rubén Guillén

    by Rubén Guillén

    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 More

9.Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Paid: $59.99 with in-app purchases

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.

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  • Rakesh Gavde

    by Rakesh Gavde

    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!

  • Ralph Martinez

    by Ralph Martinez

    Product appears to be very interesting and influencing

10.Crisis in the Kremlin

Paid: $4.99

Crisis in the Kremlin is a simulation and strategy 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.

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  • by Nicholas Harrison

    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  More

  • Jacob Stewart

    by Jacob Stewart

    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 mo More

  • Brian Bell

    by Brian Bell

    I really like Crisis in the Kremlin. It had great graphics and the price was awesome.

11.Hearts of Iron IV

Paid: $39.99
Hearts of Iron IV is a war strategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive. This game belongs to the Hearts of Iron series, where players have to take control of any nation in the world from 1936 to 1939 and lead them to victory.

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  • Nathan Crawford

    by Nathan Crawford

    Ultimately, Hearts of Iron IV is a scenario, not a sandbox. A grand and big scenario yet it is not an open-ended playground like that of Crusader Kings or the famous Europa Universalis. I am recommending this government simulation game because among  More

12.Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency

Paid: $2.99
Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency is a strategy simulation game developed by Maverick Game Studio. Inspired the reign of the US President Donald Trump, this game has a touch comedic elements and real-life issues.

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  • by Vincent Cox

    While this solution is, indeed, a country sim game, it lacked the realism and veracity I was looking for in a simulator. I found it good for quick

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  • Brian Salazar

    by Brian Salazar

    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.

13.Reigns

Paid: $2.99

Reigns is an indie strategy and simulation video game developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Players take the role of a medieval monarch with the aim of juggling requests from advisors, peasants, and allies.

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  • Wayne Hall

    by Wayne Hall

    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 king More

  • Vishal Subramanium

    by Vishal Subramanium

    I had a fun time playing this game. The graphics was cool and it had a entertaining story.

  • Dorothy Murphy

    by Dorothy Murphy

    I love basically being a little dictator in these games! You get to really rule your kingdom in this insta-classic!

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.

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