What are the best government simulation games?

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    #1Crusader Kings 2

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $39.99

    Craig Graham
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "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 consider this as one of the most challenging yet rewarding strategy games. Europa Universalis is among the league. If you enjoy whack-a-mole while managing resources, this is for you."
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    #2Tropico 5

    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

    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."
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    #3Europa Universalis IV

    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

    Humberto Bravo
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "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 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."

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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    #4Democracy 3

    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

    Chao Yang
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "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 is not enough so I suggest find a time to enjoy this government simulation game."
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    #5Realpolitiks

    Realpolitiks

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    $24.99

    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! "
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    #6Tropico 4

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    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. "
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    #7Democracy 3 Africa

    Democracy 3 Africa

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $14.99

    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."
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    #8Citystate

    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

    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"
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    #9Sid Meier's Civilization VI

    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

    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!"
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    #10Crisis in the Kremlin

    Crisis in the Kremlin

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $4.99

    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."
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    #11Hearts of Iron IV

    Hearts of Iron IV
    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.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Nathan Crawford
    Written on April 4, 2019
    "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 all the Paradox's strategy games, this one has a unique sense of play during battles. "
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    #12Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency

    Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency
    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.
    Games

    Windows

    $2.99

    Vincent Cox
    Written on March 7, 2017
    "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 fun, but poor for any kind of complicated long-term strategy, which was really what I had been hoping for."
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    #13Reigns

    Reigns

    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.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $2.99

    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."

Summary

Best What are the best government simulation games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Crusader Kings 2Games 23 Paid
2Tropico 5Games 23 Paid
3Europa Universalis IVGames 18 Paid
4Democracy 3Games 17 Paid
5RealpolitiksGames 16 Paid
6Tropico 4Games 15 Paid
7Democracy 3 AfricaGames 14 Paid
8CitystateGames 12 Paid
9Sid Meier's Civilization VIGames 10 Free
10Crisis in the KremlinGames 10 Paid
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