The Presidential Game company sent us their game for review. We were so excited to receive it and try this out.
This is a fun game for at least 2 or more players ages 11+. The game itself is priced at $35. You divide into two teams Republicans and Democrats. The goal of the game of course is to become the next President of the United States by winning with at least 270 electoral votes. The game includes: game board; 6 dice (3 red, 3 blue); 80 politics cards; 40 “write your own” politics cards; 2 Vote cards (1 republican, 1 democrat); 150 Republican votes (red chips); 150 Democrat votes (blue chips); score pad; rules; and access code to the online webmap calculator.
When we read the rules there was a couple things that were not completely clear and therefore we had to go online to check out the FAQ’s, which were a great help. We have since learned that they have updated the rules to clarify and you can download the new updated rule book by going to the FAQ’s where the link is at the top of the page.
The girl’s were really excited to play this. Boo was too young to play so she just watched her sisters “campaign” and “fundraise” across the nation for their right to become the next President. We found the game to be much fun and it showed how the electoral vote works. Which helped them to understand better how our countries political system functions. The game of course has to set specific parameters of course by only allowing you to fundraise in three specific states but we know that is not the case in real life. The girls quickly learned why certain states were called “battle ground” states. So as we played the game I took the opportunity to teach them important lessons about our nations voting system and why it works the way it does. I like the fact that you can choose how many “weeks” to campaign. This allows you to play longer or shorter games depending on how much time you have that day. Everyone still gets the same amount of turns and it all works out in the end. I think this was one of the most relaxed games we have ever played together. The girls loved it so much they can’t wait to play it again and again. This makes this mom happy to see them love an “educational” game. But it also makes me happy to see them playing together.
I highly recommend this game. It’s a great addition whether you are using it just for fun or as an educational supplement to government. My kids also give this game two thumbs up.