What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roman Town is an educational, Windows computer game that puts kids in the role of archaeologist, digging up artifacts (including some bones) from the site of an ancient Roman city. This entertaining game is chock full of educational content.
What kids can learn
- cultural understanding
Thinking & Reasoning
- collecting data
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
This game is designed specifically to incorporate educational content, and it does so brilliantly.
The educational material is baked into the gameplay experience. Historical facts and information on archaeology are interspersed between the puzzle levels and mini-games.
There are in-depth tutorials that help kids throughout the gameplay.
What's it about?
As a virtual archaeologist in ROMAN TOWN, you will get to dig up artifacts, piece them back together (in both 2-D and 3-D puzzles), and uncover loads of fascinating information about the lives of ancient Romans. At the end of each dig, you'll be tested on what you learned by having to fill in the blanks on written case reports. And you'll get to explore recreations of the buildings you're digging in, displayed the way they would have looked like back in the days of the Roman Empire. There are a slew of mini-games as well -- matching games, puzzles, word searches etc. -- even an old Roman-style board game.
Is it any good?
ROMAN TOWN does a fantastic job of presenting world history in a fun and entertaining context for kids. Part simulation game, part puzzle game, part mystery -- and with a great variety of mini-game material thrown in -- this is an educational game that shouldn't bore kids for even a second. Even when you're not actively piecing together a three-dimensional ancient urn or unearthing centuries-old bones, you're taking in some really fascinating trivia about the ancient world. The graphics may be unimpressive in the story-telling scenes, but the rest of what you get in Roman Town is so well done that it hardly seems fair to complain. Roman Town is a great way to get kids excited about and absorbed by history.