I love board games, and so do our children. I kind of had to ban them for awhile because any time we had one, most of the pieces went missing, plus we haven’t had a kitchen table for a while now due to lack of space. I grew up playing board games often, and I’m pretty competitive. My kids have inherited my competitiveness, and 4 kids who want to win can get very loud very fast. When I heard about The Presidential Game, I was excited to try it because 1. it’s a board game, and 2. it’s a game. We LOVE games here! The kids do a lot of gaming on the Xbox, so I was anxious to let them get their hands on a physical game.
- 20″ X 30″ Game Board
- 1 Score Pad
- 3 each Red and Blue Dice
- 80 Politics Cards
- 40 Write Your Own Politics Cards
- 150 Red Republican Chips
- 150 Blue Democrat Chips
- 1 Electoral Map Access Code
The Presidential Game is available for $35 plus shipping, and is recommended for ages 11+.
The great thing about this game is that it gives your family both a chance to have fun AND to learn at the same time. Each team (Republican and Democrat) must work to win the electoral college votes. The winning team must have at least 270 electoral votes at the end of the game to win. Your family can learn a bit about how the Presidential race works, if you don’t already know.
The instructions for The Presidential Game are quite lengthy compared to most board games I’ve seen, which in this case is a good thing. They were sort of overwhelming at first and took a bit for everyone to understand, but I think we eventually got it. The teams can decide how many weeks there are until the election, thereby deciding how long the game lasts. Each turn is considered 1 week. On each turn, each team needs to decide if it will campaign or go fundraising. The Politics Cards can be earned while fundraising, and the team can choose to play it at once or save it for later, unless the card says that it must be played immediately.
Our kids are 12, 10, 8, and 5, so the older 2 were the perfect ages to start this game. However, we all know that most younger kids want to be in on what their older siblings are doing, at least mine do, so everyone had to play. The hardest part was everyone deciding who was on which team. I don’t think that they cared which party they were, though, just who got to be on the same team. The instructions were a bit complicated for them to understand at first, but Rachelle and Issac picked up on it quickly. I must tell you a funny story. When we received our game, the kids were anxious to get it out and get started. When they pulled out the game board, they were upset because they thought it was broken. It’s a pretty big board, so it’s one of those where some of the seams are cut to make it fold enough to fit into the box. Once they figured out how that worked, they were good to go!
The 2 youngest didn’t really enjoy the game, but they’re a bit young for it anyway and didn’t really understand it. Rach & Issac seemed to get a kick out of it. It can be quite a lengthy game time, especially when you’re starting out and trying to get the hang of the game rules. The scoring aspect of the game can be quite confusing, so the Electoral WebMap Calculator can be pretty handy for that if you remember to use it! The game chips are an essential part of the game, so if you have very small children, you’d best try to keep them away from the game. I banned board games from the house for a long time because we had small children so often, and every time we tried to have a board game, a bunch of pieces would go missing. This is the first board game we’ve had in a long while, and I’m pretty sure that we still have all the game pieces. Win!
I like that The Presidential Game is both fun and a learning experience. The 2 oldest kids have enjoyed playing it quite a bit. I would love to see an Independent party option added to the game, although there are Independent hats for sale on the website as well. Be sure to click below to read reviews from my fellow Crew Members!