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Educational Games   Tags: games, gaming  

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Puzzles and Quizzes

Suduko Puzzles
Sudoku, Kakuro & Futoshiki puzzles to play online or print.
Questionaut - a sweet adventure game, aimed at K-12 education.


Word Games

Gamegame6 - An interesting conceptual game that uses poetry and art to stretch your mind.
Word Bubbles: Quick wit, snappy exchanges and persuasive communications rely on this ability to quickly connect words. A flexibility game that promotes verbal fluency, the ability to rapidly access your mental vocabulary while talking or writing. (added 12/7/09)


Mental Agility

What if the things in the night didn't just go bump?BlindSide is a terrifying new audio-only adventure game, set in a fully-immersive 3D world you’ll never see. Put on your headphones, close your eyes, and explore the darkness. Listen as the world rotates around you!
Last Brain Game Show
BBC's fun, animated showcase of brain teasers.
Brain-based games allow you to practice speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem-solving.


Civic Literacy

Budget Hero
Take charge of the U.S. 2018 budget, and keep government debt under control.
 Cast Your Vote
What issues do you want to ask candidates about? In Cast Your Vote, you choose the questions in a debate, rate their responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice.
 Counties Work
You decide about the programs and services that affect everyone! Your choices shape the community, and your citizens’ satisfaction determines whether you’ll get re-elected for a second term. Choose wisely.
10-minute money and banking missions to solve.
Nation State
NationStates is a nation simulation game. Create a nation according to your political ideals and care for its people. Or deliberately oppress them. It's up to you.
  Pocket Law Firm
Vindicate the Constitution! Decide if potential clients have a right, match them with the right lawyer, and win the case. The more clients you serve and the more cases you win, the faster your law firm grows!
People's Pie
Careful handling of the budget can lead to citizen satisfaction and surplus - reckless handling can lead to an unhappy populous and crippling debt.
Power to the People
A serious simulation tool based on historical and political models.
The Redistricting Game
A game designed to educate citizens around the issue of political redistricting.
 Represent Me
Work as a legislator trying to meet the needs of your constituents who voted you into office, with each one wanting different things from you.
The Republica Times
Use your newspaper to influence public opinion in the fictional country of Republia.
We the Jury
Analyze evidence and convince your fellow jurors in a tough civil case.  FROM: Games for Change
Win the Whitehouse
Manage your campaign and rack up electoral votes to win the American presidency.


Financial Literacy

Created in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, this game explores the impact of advertising on spending by families with children.
Consumer Consequences
Consumer Consequences will ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle, and as you play, it will show you how many "Earths" of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans… if everyone lived like you.

Farm Blitz
Created by and for low-income adults to teach better financial literacy.
10-minute money and banking missions to solve.

The Great Piggybank Adventure
Learn about wise financial planning in this virtual board game.
International Racing Squirrels

Learn financial literacy while managing a team of racing squirrels.
Monetary Mania
An online game show that tests your knowledge about money and macroeconomics.


Technology Literacy

Learn a variety of computer code languages, interactively, online, and for free!
Data Dealer
Buy and sell personal information to make the most powerful data collection empire.


Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy

Use standard Japanese characters to create images. You can browse a gallery of images made and even submit your own.
Deep Chalk - an art game, creating a mysterious alternate world. Players have to deduce rules by careful exploration and observation.
Grow Game Series: Grow - Cube | Grow - Ornament | Grow - RPG | tinygrow
Interactive Art - 99 Rooms | Telephone
Online interactive art tools include a Still Life creator, BRUSHster painting machine for abstract art, Collage MachinePaint Box and 3-D Twirler.  


Educational Games


The Nim Number Game
A game of logic and strategy. The goal of Nim is to be the player who removes the last of ten protons from the computer screen.
The Place Value Game 
Create the largest possible number from the digits the computer gives you.
SpeedMath Deluxe 
Create an equation, as quickly as possible, from the four digits the computer gives you. 

General Science

Design a cell phone, perform virtual brain or knee surgery, and more. Fun one-time simulations!

Biological Sciences

Resolve the desolation of the balance between nature and machinery.
Bosnobo: Primate Change
In a frigid snowy wasteland in another world, the uniquely intelligent Bosnobo must learn how to survive.  You are tasked with guiding their learning and directing their behaviors to help them survive.

A medicine-themed fantasy world, sponsored by Boston Childrens' Hospital, where you take on the role of young healers.

 Cancer Game
Investigate the symptoms and causes of cancer in a different light, through experimentation and problem solving.

Code Fred: Survival Mode
How do your body's systems work? Learn by helping Fred survive a terrifying night in the woods. 

FoldIt  (Free)
"Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research" involving the folding of proteins.  
 One Ocean Interactives
Enter the ocean and design your own experience in 3D underwater habitats.  Download the free Unity 3D player, which supports game play in this visually rich environment, for free!

The world is overrun with zombies. Youare a part of a highly trained squad of scientists who can save us. Using highly advanced bio-medical technology, you locate, seek out, and treat infected humans to contain the threat.  Requires installation of the Unity Web Player

Fight against cancer in this series of six different games:  Nano-bot's Revenge, Stem-Cell Defender, Nano Dropbot, Leukemia, Feeding Frenzy, and Special Ops.

Make the sacrifices necessary to cross a waterless desert.

Control "Raven" virus particles trying to infect, replicate inside of, and escape from a host cell. Fight off host and cellular immune responses with armies of viral proteins while stealing precious energy and production facilities to make more of yourself. Requires installation of the Unity Web Player

Art meets science in this game based on Alice in Wonderland and the incredible human brain.

Physical Science

The End
Challenges players with unique “light and dark” puzzles while engaging the them with thought-provoking philosophical questions and encouraging open discussion of mortality.
A series of science mini-games, focusing on basic physics.
Find out how energy is created from fire, water, wind and sun and use them cleverly to protect the Robotronics on Unitron against the impending energy collapse!
The Young Meteorologist
Stay smarter than the weather in this game about disaster preparedness.


Catchment Detox
See if you successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy.

  Citizen Science

Travel back in time to stop the lake from becoming eutrophic. Learn about different parts of the ecosystem and how each part affects the lake as a whole.
Climate Challenge
A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.

Climate Defense
Can you prevent global warming? "Let's Pretend."
Collapsus blends a short film, interactive mini-games and news clips all at once.
The Riverbed: An Eco-Noir Mystery
A fictional murder-mystery set in a land devastated by water scarcity.

EnerCities is about the balance between people, planet and profit.
Represents the average industrialized city and its energy consumption.
Energy City
Craft an urban energy portfolio that balances economic, social, and environmental issues
Eskom Energy Planner
Meet the electrical needs of a power-hungry city
Garbage Dreams Game
A game companion to the PBS documentary, Garbage Dreams, players go inside the world of Egypt’s Zaballeen (Arabic for “garbage people”), with 8 months to build a recycling empire.
Rizk is a companion game for the Science Museum in London's “Climate Changing” exhibit. This “tower defense” strategy game is set on a dark and mysterious planet. Players are put in control of an immobile plant that falls from the sky and must scour the landscape for resources. 

Stop Disasters
Tackles the real issue of mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

Language Learning

Trace Effects
A time-traveling adventure that teaches English as a second language.

Social Studies and Issues

 America 2049
"A groundbreaking transmedia alternate reality game on Facebook that plunges you into a dark vision of our near-future nation: human rights are in peril, democracy in the dust. Your mission: Change America, before it changes you.

Step into the shoes of a child with autism.
Cart Life
A heartbreaking retail simulation of running a food cart or shop in small-town America.
The Cat and the Coup
A documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh.
A Closed World

Darfur is Dying
Darfur is Dying provides a window into the experience of refugees in Darfur.
 Depression Quest
An interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression.
 Guess My Race
A quiz game designed to get people thinking critically about race, diversity, and more.
Endgame: Syria
A newsgame exploring the Syrian civil war. Can you make the choice to win peace as well as war?
 Giving, Giving, Gone
A game about generosity. You give your heart and soul away to make people happy, but at what cost? Touch the lives of as many people as you can before the game ends.
 Half the Sky Movement
A game-based adventure that aims to raise awareness about challenges faced by women around the world.
Set in 1994 Rwanda, during a Hutu raid on a Tutsi community. You play a mother who must calm her baby by singing a lullaby. If you fail to keep your child from crying, you will be discovered and killed.
Goal of the game is to become an American citizen. Illustrates the challenges of current immigration laws.  Firefox required for download.
 Leaky World
An interactive interpretation of the essay “Conspiracy as Governance” by Julian Assange, addressing Wikileaks and the concept of radical transparency as a strategy for social change.
   Movers and Shakers
A two player tablet game that aims to create meaningful conflict between its players. Verbal communication is a key component to the game, allowing players to do better the more they speak to one another.

Operate as the Mexican police force to end the War on Drugs.

You have 12 turns to ruin the world by manipulating parliaments and exploiting the working class. Also, the map is upside-down.

  Papo & Yo
Help Quico find the cure for his best friend Monster's addiction.
Papers, Please
The communist state of Arstotzka has ended a 6-year war. Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. UNOTE:  The game has both pixel-art nudity, which can be disabled from the options, and pixel-art violence, which cannot.
The Peace Doves 
Uses disarmament fantasy to teach nuclear proliferation

PeaceMaker challenges you to succeed as a leader where others have failed. Experience the joy of bringing peace to the Middle East or the agony of plunging the region into disaster. PeaceMaker will test your skills, assumptions and prior knowledge. Play it and you will never read the news.  This game has won multiple awards and is rated 9.0 out of 10 on Games for Change. 

Can you play your cards right and reach the most ethical solution? FROM: Games for Change
Stop Disasters
Tackles the real issue of mitigating the impact of natural disasters.

For these new kinds of soldiers, where is the real damage felt?
A game about saving the world from opponents like rampant poverty, gender inequality, inadequate education and environmental degradation.

Virtual Worlds

Achievements of Nobel Laureates
These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, teach and their fun!
Bow Street Runner - historical mystery game, solving crimes in 18th-century London.
The Curfew
Britain,2027:  the heart of an authoritarian security state.  Described as "a miniature Canterbury Tales set in a not-so-distant future, where citizens must abide by government security measures and 'sub citizens' are placed under curfew at night," players  must navigate this complex political world and engage with the characters they meet along the way to work out who they should trust in order to gain freedom.
Flow in Games - Dive deep into the space eat and evolve .
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - An online adventure from the BBC, based on the novel. Two versions.
Inside the Haiti Earthquake
Experience the event as a survivor, aid worker or journalist. This is not a game, but rather an opportunity to choose strategies and experience the consequences.
Mission U.S.
Series of free, online games that immerse you in the events of American History.
On the Ground Reporter: Darfur
A photo-realistic newsgame following a brave reporter in Darfur.

Past/Present reconstructs a fictional mill town and its political and economic issues in 1906. 
"Work hard. Do the right thing.Sometimes, all it takes is one life-changing experience to land you on the streets. How would you cope? Where would you go? What would you do?"
 Third World Farmer
Consider the plight of poor farmers in impoverished countries.

Viking Quest - BBC takes you back to AD 793. Can you build a ship, cross the seas, loot a monastery and return home to claim your prize?

The Arts

The Last Symphony (prototype)
Play as a museum curator tasked with the creation of an exhibit. All is hidden in plain sight: objects, people, music. The player has to look and listen attentively.


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