Games That Teach History

Frequently when it comes to non-gamers, the act of sitting in front of a console or computer to play games is a hobby at best and a waste of time at worst. But did you know that there's a lot that can be learned from certain games? Many video games are set in historic time periods, and kids can learn many facts and details by playing. Here are some of our favorite history-related games. Who knows? You may even discover a new period of history that you like that will cause you to seek out more information from a library or other media source. If you're looking for another subject, you can also check out our list of the Best Math Games, Websites, and Apps.

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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun Website Poster Image
Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(2012)
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Geo Walk - World Factbook 3D App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Railway Empire Game Poster Image
All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.
Platforms: Linux, Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
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The Time Tribe Game Poster Image
Slow-paced adventure introduces players to history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Who Was? Adventure App Poster Image
Fun biography game drops knowledge on kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2018)
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FactMonster Website Poster Image
Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.
URL: http://www.factmonster.com
(2012)
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The Oregon Trail: American Settler App Poster Image
Frontier building sim a fun, entertainment-focused sequel.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey – Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece Game Poster Image
Education-focused historical tours without mature content.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
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Attentat 1942 Game Poster Image
WWII history brought to life in visually striking tale.
Platforms: Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Mayan Mysteries Game Poster Image
Cartoony learning adventure about ancient Mayan culture.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey Game Poster Image
History adventure challenges kids to make difficult choices.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where choices decide fate of enslaved teen.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Mission US: For Crown or Colony? Game Poster Image
First-person history adventure asks kids to choose sides.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Neo Atlas 1469 Game Poster Image
16th century exploration sim uncovers new world of strategy.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows
(2019)
(2019)
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The Talos Principle Game Poster Image
Tech-focused sci-fi puzzler challenges, makes players think.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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East of the Rockies App Poster Image
Moving, engaging look at WWII Japanese Canadian internment.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
(2019)
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The Political Machine 2012 Game Poster Image
Kids experience civics by building a dream candidate.
Platforms: Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Game Poster Image
Amazing world simulation can teach players about history.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Echo: Secret of the Lost Cavern Game Poster Image
Historical adventure explores prehistoric art and culture.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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My Child Lebensborn App Poster Image
Moving, immersive role-play about post-WWII discrimination.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2019)
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Age of Empires III Game Poster Image
New World RTS battles sport gorgeous visuals.
Platforms: Windows
(2006)
(2006)
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Empire Total War Game Poster Image
Historical battles on land and sea done right.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Knowledge Is Power Game Poster Image
Amusing, funny trivia game fuses console with mobile.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Game Poster Image
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Napoleon: Total War Game Poster Image
Strategy game with some profanity, violence, & open chat.
Platforms: Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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Total War: Rome II Game Poster Image
Compelling war strategy game combines brains with brawn.
Platforms: Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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1979 Revolution: Black Friday Game Poster Image
Tense, captivating, violent, personal recreation of history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Apotheon Game Poster Image
Modern Clash of Titans has alluring art, challenging play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Total War: Three Kingdoms Game Poster Image
Fantasy meets history in complex strategy for older gamers.
Platforms: Windows
(2019)
(2019)
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