Roman Town

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.

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Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bylitil dog September 9, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byprettypepper March 28, 2015

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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, history
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, solving puzzles, strategy
  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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