Roman Town

Common Sense Media says

Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game promotes curiosity and an interest in world history. It makes discovering facts about the past a fun and entertaining pursuit.

Positive role models

The game itself is a fabulous role model, as it presents history in such a fun and entertaining fashion. This is a game that can make kids very excited about learning. Plus the Roman children who appear in the game are always polite and helpful, as is the professor that you work for.

Ease of play

The controls work well for a mouse-based game. Nothing should be too difficult to kids to follow.

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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

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This game is designed specifically to incorporate educational content, and it does so brilliantly.

Learning Approach

The educational material is baked into the gameplay experience. Historical facts and information on archaeology are interspersed between the puzzle levels and mini-games.

Support

There are in-depth tutorials that help kids throughout the gameplay.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn a whole lot about ancient Rome and what it is like to be an archeologist. Throughout the process of their virtual archeological dig, kids can pick up tons of information about life in 79 A.D. In addition to getting an insider's view of daily living for children of the era, players will also learn about technology of the time (magnifying glasses, rain-collectors, etc.) and art techniques (frescoes, mosaics, and so on).  In Roman Town, history comes alive as kids dig up artifacts and play mini-games that call upon strategic and analytical thinking.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christopher Healy

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of educational video games. What are some of the many lessons learned from this game? After playing a game like Roman Town, do you feel your time has been better spent than if you played a purely entertainment-based game?

  • Have you played any other history games?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Dig-It Games
Release date:August 18, 2010
Genre:Educational
ESRB rating:NR for (Windows)

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byprettypepper March 28, 2015
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My Review about Roman Town

I think that this game is ok but it is kind of boring. Some of the games are fun for my little brother but I didnt like it. I dont know why. The graphics are really bad too. PS. My teacher is making me write about games for homework.

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