Have you ever wanted more out of a game? I enjoy shooters, sports games, and dungeon crawlers as much as the next guy, but sometimes I need a game that makes me do some hard thinking, and maybe even learn a thing or two. Here is our definitive list of the five best educational games.

 

  1.  Tropico-

The Tropico series has been around since 2001. It gives you control of the small island nation of Tropico. By thrusting you into the life of a head of state, you are forced to quickly learn just how much there is to balance when running a government.

 

  1. The Oregon Trail-

The Oregon Trail is a classic game from way back in the 1970’s. It has been remade several time since then, most recently in 2011. The game give you an in depth look at the harsh life of a pioneer.

 

  1. Sim City- Sim City is a franchise that gives you an inside look at how a city works. As mayor, you are responsible for overseeing the growth, safety, infrastructure, and happiness of your city. It teaches us how to manage our resources fairly.

 

  1. Minecraft- Minecraft is the most popular independently made game of all time. It teaches kids many skills like critical thinking and problem solving, while at the same time, expanding their creativity.

 

  1. Civilization- At the top of our list is the Civilization franchise. As far as educational games go, there are none that teach you more, while also keeping you engaged and entertained. Civilization gives you total control of a civ of your choosing. Starting in 4000 B.C. and going straight through the modern era. What separates this game from the rest is the amazing historical accuracies. Leaders with specific characteristics that make them run their civ just like they did in real life, special units for each civ, and a robust technology tree are just a few things that make this game so great.

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