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What’s It Like? 

Political Animals is an election simulation/political strategy game set in a fictional world filled with animal candidates and constituents from mice to pigs to crocodiles. While they look adorable and cartoony, the characters run the gamut from rule-abiding to corrupt. The goal of the game is to choose a candidate, mold a platform, and win the election. Along the way, players can discover just how corruptible or incorruptible they are.

Price: $14.99

Grades: 8-12

Rating: 5/5

Pros: Appealing artwork, data-rich statistics, and infinite strategies guarantee replayability.

Cons: High learning curve and no final wrap-up or postmortem to aid learning.

Bottom line: It’s a highly entertaining and surprisingly deep way to help students see the strategy — as well as ethical choices — involved in elections.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.


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