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, Apps, and Websites.

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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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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 HD - 3D World Fact Book App Poster Image
Brilliantly designed app about Earth's people, places, more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Marie Antoinette & The Independence War Game Poster Image
Historical game lets kids play with famous leaders.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2012)
(2012)
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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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Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs Game Poster Image
Fun, augmented-reality edutainment filled with cool facts.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
(2013)
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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 Game Poster Image
Classic history game now fun on Wii and 3DS.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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Dawn of Discovery Game Poster Image
Civilization-style game teaches about life in 1400 A.D.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2009)
(2009)
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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 your choices decide fate of teen slave.
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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National Geographic Challenge Game Poster Image
Game show/board game is a blast -- but questions are tough!
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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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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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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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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History: Legends of War: Patton Game Poster Image
World War II simulation focuses on history, strategy.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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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: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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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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