Games That Teach History

Many video games are set in historic time periods, and kids can learn by playing. Here are some of our favorite history-related games.

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Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
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Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(2012)
Fantastic app makes historical figures relatable for kids.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
Historical game lets kids play with famous leaders.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
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Incredibly in-depth archeology sim brings history to life.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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Slow-paced adventure introduces players to history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
Fun, augmented-reality edutainment filled with cool facts.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
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Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.
URL: http://www.factmonster.com
(2012)
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Classic history game now fun on Wii and 3DS.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
(2011)
Civilization-style game teaches about life in 1400 A.D.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
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Cartoony learning adventure about ancient Mayan culture.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
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Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
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First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
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Tech-focused sci-fi puzzler challenges, makes players think.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
Excellent strategy game is educational and accessible.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
Fab expansion to historical sim adds religion to the mix.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2012)
Historical adventure explores prehistoric art and culture.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
New World RTS battles sport gorgeous visuals.
Platforms: Windows
(2006)
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Historical battles on land and sea done right.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
World War II simulation focuses on history, strategy.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
Strategy game with some profanity, violence, & open chat.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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Modern Clash of Titans has alluring art, challenging play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)