WIN THE WHITE HOUSE
Choose your party and race to the presidency! Poll states, appear in the media, give talks, and choose which issues to talk about. Play the game!
Confession: I just helped balance first version of this game. That's about all my role was. But it was still fun to do and this game is one of the most popular ones from iCivics, for whom we have created many games!
Win the White House lets you pick a party, choose your main issues to advocate for, select a home state, and then try and take over the country (vote-wise.) It has this superb system where you have limited actions you can take per turn, so you must create a strategy for swaying each state in your favor as fast as possible. The player has control over whether they appear in the media or in person, and can poll states to see who they're currently favoring.
It's not unlike a real presidential campaign. Players will quickly become familiar with how real candidates win over a country and what the heck all the stuff on the news means. It's also made clear how much campaigning itself actually influences the outcome.
A Lesson Learned...
We put in a choice at the start of the game where the player says which grade level they're in. This is so that we can move some of the hot button topics, like abortion and gun laws, to the older age groups. This makes sure the game is not only accessible to everyone, but appropriate for all ages.