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Video games are known for finding some small (often peculiar) part of life and turning it into a game. The moment of firing a gun, jumping over a ditch or even cooking the perfect meal have all been the subject of successful games. However, there are some games that go in the opposite direction and turn their attention on the largest aspects of life.

This is a list of games that are built around the concept of Geopolitics and how this frames many of the decisions that nations and societies make. As Wikipedia puts it: "Geopolitics focuses on political power linked to geographic space, in particular, territorial waters and land territory in correlation with diplomatic history."

We include games that give you a taste of sitting at the tables of power in the Geopolitics of the world. But also games, like This War of Mine, where you are on the receiving end of these far-reaching systems of power and influence.

This list includes 29 games from the last 21 years, with 355 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to learn why geopolitics matter. We break them down into the following areas:

On The Receiving End

Road 96

Road 96 is a narrative adventure where you play a teenager trying to escape an oppressive, authoritarian country by reaching the border. Through a series of vignettes, you experience the most important and poignant parts on an epic road trip through a...

Bury Me My Love

Bury Me My Love is a narrative adventure game where you play the husband of a Syrian woman, Nour, travelling to Europe. Play involves receiving and sending simple messages where Nout tells you how she is getting on and you influence her choices. It...


Timberborn is a construction strategy game where you control a population of beavers, building a civilization and preparing for drought. You build waterways, storage houses, dams and more in a densely packed city as you manage resources, allocate...

This War Of Mine

This War Of Mine is a narrative strategy game inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to...

Beholder (Series)

Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...

Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You

Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You is a narrative game where you play fictional research using a surveillance program called Orwell. Through a series of episodes, you are tasked with using Orwell to help solve mysteries like the bombing of a public plaza. To...

Curious Expedition (Series)

Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. You recruit explorers and equip them for what they may face, then set out on your next...

Citizen Sleeper

Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends, and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend...

Fallout 4 (Series)

Fallout 4 is an open world role-playing and shooting game. Set in a post apocalyptic world called The Wasteland, you explore a large map, interact with inhabitants, collect useful items to sell or craft with, build your own settlements, and defend...

Citizen Sleeper 2

Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector continues the role-play adventure with a new story about an escaped corporate-owned android with a price on its head. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend them, on repairing your ship, on trading or on...


Pentiment is a historical role-playing game where you explore 16th century Germany world to solve a murder. Play takes place in the pages of an old book and involves exploring the world, talking to people and discovering new ways the narrative evolves...

Svoboda 1945: Liberation

Svoboda 1945: Liberation is a narrative game that uses footage of real actors to tell an interweaving story about the aftermath of the Second World War. As you talk to the villagers, explore locations untouched for years and complete puzzles, you...

Wield Power

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Sid Meier's Civilization is a long-running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter-gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps by building wonders to impress other...

Papers, Please

Papers, Please is a narrative puzzle game where you play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizen’s passports and paperwork...

Through the Darkest of Times

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Imagine Earth

Imagine Earth is a simulation strategy where you manage space colonies for a huge corporation. You gather resources, manage your finances, shape the planets and expand your cities while fending off rival companies and alien invaders. It stands out for...


Humankind is a strategy game where you develop a civilisation through the many ages of humanity's existence, from the nomadic tribes of ancient history to the space age. In many ways comparable to [link to game/Sid+Meiers+Civilization The Civilization...

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a turn-based strategy game with a large strategic map that leads to multiple turn-based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military...

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is shooting game played in third-person where you with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, and calling in support technology and firepower. Unusually, the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game that...

Immigration Nation

Immigration Nation is a strategy game about guiding newcomers to the country along their path to citizenship. You are in charge of Immigration Bay with an inflow of boats, each with their own story to understand.


Subdefuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...


Suzerain is a role-play strategy game where you are the president of the fictional country, Sordland. By choosing conversations and life path you use your skills of persuasion and political values to reform your country after the downfall of a dictator.

Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles is an online survival game, set in the lands of Conan the Barbarian. Similar to games like Ark or Green Hell, you start with nothing and must use resources you find in the open-world sandbox. On your own or with friends, you build a base...


Imperial is a strategy war game like Risk. However, you play international investors, rather than political leaders, who control the countries. By choosing how to invest your funds you gain control of the politics of the six imperial nations. The twist...


NationStates is a government simulation game where you manage a virtual country's administration. You do this by responding to issues which affect your nation's political freedom, civil rights, and economy. It is up to you to decide how your country is...

Manor Lords

Manor Lords is a medieval city-building strategy game with a focus on visual and simulated realism. You grow your settlement, manage its politics and relations with other kingdoms, and fight in real-time battles, all while gathering resources and...

Hearts of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron IV is a strategy game that recreates the Risk board game with a broader scope and grander scale. Along with managing your country's military, you build a cabinet, manage politics, and build up infrastructure to help maintain your...


Stellaris is a strategy game where you play a space-faring empire seeking to expand your territory. It offers complete customisation of your civilisation, with different sets of ethics and morals to choose from that change how you play, from limiting...

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a strategy game where you raise an army and fight in large-scale medieval warfare. You build up your troops and complete missions, then place battalions and siege engines where they'll be most effective before heading...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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