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By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Online game teaches players the importance of clean energy.

Game Mac , Windows 2009
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PowerUp is a good educational game. The gameplay mechanics and missions are relatively bland, but the vast amount of information about the history of energy usage is peppered throughout the game to provide a genuine educational message to players in a fun and interactive way. Most "fun" games are not very educational, and most "educational" games are not very fun. It's usually very easy to tell the difference between the two, but this title does a commendable job at trying to deliver a strong, informative message within a game that doesn't feel like an "educational game."

Online interaction: This downloadable game allows players to connect online and interact with others in a non-threatening environment. In fact, according to the information on the game's official website, professional engineers may log on from time to time and engage players about different energy sources and how the game can be used to better understand their impacts on the environment.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: IBM
  • Release date: February 16, 2009
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: March 21, 2019

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