"Checks and Balances is a thought provoking game that provides insight into the workings of the American political system and educates and challenges players. Those unfamiliar with the American political system learn the basics of how to pass legislation and how legislation can be held up in Congress, as well as the key platform points for Republicans and Democrats.The game continues to challenge players even once they become familiar with the rules, and will leave players eager to try again. We enjoyed learning the rules and in turn, learning about our political system. We encourage all to take a shot at this game and think everyone has something to learn, regardless of the political party you may be affiliated with."
Brandon Greenwood Seattle, WA "This is a great political simulation card game in a small package. With only two decks of cards and no other equipment, it's portable and takes less than a minute to set up. The main concept is a race to complete legislation - but that requires campaigning to elect officials and building a legislative majority. While being quick-playing and easy to learn, it quite accurately models the American political system in a simplified form, and is educational as well as fun. For the theme, it uses the real policies of the two main American political parties, rather than generic or made-up parties. However, this does not impact the strategy as the Republican and Democratic decks are equally matched."
Hannah Baker Hillsboro, OR
"Checks and Balances is the perfect game for this political moment. Whether players are political junkies (of any party) or just learning about the democratic process, this game will provide tons of good natured rivalry! In a race to pass bills, players will build their voter bases, elect officials, and do their best to fulfill their party's platform. The game easily simulates the ins and outs of legislation, while also allowing players to impeach one another, filibuster, and even engage in a little gerrymandering! Checks and Balances is the perfect game for reconnecting to the roots of democracy as well as releasing your partisan aggression!"
Leyla Bentley Sacramento, CA
"I enjoyed playing the game and look forward to hosting some game nights at my home with neighbors. I think it will be fun and informative and I will definitely print out the party platforms for my guest players. I highly recommend this game!"
Ian Smart Hillsboro, OR
"I love playing Checks and Balances! I am really impressed how well it simulates the two party system. It is simple enough to play with students, but sufficiently engaging for adults to play again and again. I can't wait to share Checks and Balances with all the educators in my life!"