I come across plenty of educational math games but very few games that are educational and not math-related. I was very pleased when I received the Roman Town game from Dig It! Games.
Roman Town is a computer game, for kids who are 8 and up, where you experience archaeology by participating in a dig through different stages of excavation. You begin by setting up workers with tools at specific places on an archaeological dig site.
Once your workers uncover an artifact you learn about the pieces as well as facts about Roman daily life through reading about them as well as playing games and doing activities.
The game also has some activities which test your knowledge before you go to a different game level where you begin excavation at a different site.
My kids and I enjoyed learning about Roman life as we played this game. You do need to read the instructions otherwise you might get a bit frustrated attempting to do things. For example, when trying to match up pieces of pottery in order to reconstruct a jar, you need to know how to rotate the pieces in order to make them fit together. Also, in order to go to the next level of the game, you need to complete all the activities for that level. This could be a little frustrating for younger kids when they are not aware that this has to happen. I know my kids were confused at first why they could not choose to go to a different level after completing most of the items at the first level. Other than that my kids had fun exploring this game and at the same time learned more about Roman life as well as archaeology. A big bonus for me was that it was a hands on activity for them without actually going to a real dig site which is not an option for where we live.
You have several purchase options : the individual Roman Town game CD, the teacher’s edition which includes up to 15 licenses as well as an educator’s manual or you can also select just the educator’s manual. Normally the Roman Town game CD sells for $39.95 but now until February 21, 2011 you can get Roman Town for $19.96 using the code TOS2011. This is a really good deal for you! You can purchase Roman Town form the Dig It Games website at http://dig-itgames.com/index.php/buy-computer-games-roman-town/.
Check out what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say about this game here on our Blog.
Note: I received this product for free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew in order to provide an honest review for my readers.