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Educational Game Resources

Share this game list with your students, and tell them the kind of game you might want for your course (Challenge), and let them individually or in groups explore, discover, reflect, select and write a recommendation report. In short, this list could be a good starting point to start the Educational Game discovery journey.

  • Gwap – When you play a game at Gwap (e.g. ESP Game), you aren’t just having fun. You’re helping the world become a better place. By playing their games, you’re training computers to solve problems for humans all over the world.
  • WFP Foodforce – Understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it.
  • Virtual U – Is a management education game, a simulation of a university, in which the user takes the role of a university administrator. It is designed to foster better understanding of management practices in American colleges and universities.
  • Revolution – Experience historical incentives for the American Revolution from the grassroots level.
  • Discover Babylon – Uses sophisticated video gaming strategies and realistic digital environments to engage the learner in challenges and mysteries that can only be solved through developing an understanding of Mesopotamian society, business practices, and trade.
  • FreeCol – Is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation.
  • FreeCiv – Is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.
  • Tropical America – A journey to unravel the mysteries of the Americas. Developed in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, teachers, writers and high school students, the game features a bilingual, thematic gameplay, accompanied by an online database of edu-resources.
  • Ayiti – The Cost of Life – What is it like to live in poverty? Find out now in this challenging role playing game in which you take responsibility for a family of five in rural Haiti. From UNICEF with Microsoft support.
  • EyeWitness – Is an Interactive Situation Simulation Software (ISSS) that let users experience the 1937 Nanking Massacre personally, when over the course of 6 weeks, over 300,000 civilians were killed by Japanese troops invading the city.
  • The History Canada Game – Understand social forces surrounding Canadian history since 1534. Modification of Civilization III
  • Road to Revolution Game – Test your knowledge about the American Revolution, and see if you can navigate your way to independence. Every correct answer gets you closer to liberty.
  • Conflict Map – In the course of the 20th century, mankind experienced some of the most devastating wars of all times. Where, what, How, When, Why? This map gives you the opportunity to answer these questions. It displays wars with at least 1,000 military battle deaths.
  • Prisoners of War – Can people behave as they like during times of war? No, they can’t. The Geneva Conventions of written rules and articles make some acts unlawful. Play the prisoners of war game to learn more.
  • The Peace Doves – Take on the mission to disarm the world of nuclear weapons! You have eight “Peace Doves” to help you, each able to disarm one of the eight countries possessing nuclear weapons.
  • America’s Army – Players are bound by Rules of Engagement (ROE) and grow in experience as they navigate challenges emphasizing team play, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
  • Stop Disasters – The online game aims at teaching people on how to build safer villages and cities against disasters. Multiple languages. Good teacher resources.
  • World Without Oil – An alternate reality event, a serious game for the public good. It invites everyone to help simulate a global oil shock. People participate by contributing original online stories, created as though the oil shock were really happening.
  • Real Life Simulations – That let you experience life as, for example, a peasant farmer in Bangladesh, a factory worker in Brazil, a policeman in Nigeria, a lawyer in the US, or a computer operator in Poland, among others.
  • 3rd World Farmer – It aims at simulating the real-world mechanisms that cause and sustain poverty in 3rd World countries. In the game, the player gets to manage an African farm, and is soon confronted with the often difficult choices that poverty and conflict necessitate.
  • Trade Ruler – Bertil Ohlin, awarded the Prize in Economics in 1977, showed that countries engage in and benefit from trade if their production resources differ from each other. Play the Trade Ruler game to learn more.
  • Wasteland Adventure – Time: 3010 AD. After humans destroyed the ecosystem. The earth lost the ability to heal and the environment continues to get worse. The fresh air and clean water are polluted.
  • Climate Challenge – A game where you are president of the European Nations. You must tackle climate change and stay popular enough with the voters to remain in office.
  • Global Warming Interactive – Is a web based multi-user educational game which explores the relationship of global warming to economic, political and science policy decisions (intended for the high school user).
  • Quest Atlantis – Help students understand social studies, environmental concerns, current events, and scientific standards.
  • FreeRice – A cool game to learn vocabulary and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free (Made possible by the sponsors who advertise on the site).
  • Anagramarama – The aim of the game is to find as many words as possible in the time available. Get the longest word and you’ll advance to the next level.
  • Re-Mission – Understand cancer better and develop a positive attitude toward defeating it.
  • The POD Game – Dispense drugs and medical advice to people during an emergency. Using this game, you can enhance your efforts to teach staff and volunteers to work efficiently and sensitively with the public to maximize throughput in times of crisis.
  • Deliver The Net Game – Race the sun and hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can to African families. The more nets you deliver – before the mosquitoes come out – the more lives you save.
  • Immune Attack – An educational video game that introduces basic concepts of human immunology to high school and entry-level college students. It aims to excite students about the subject, while also illuminating general principles and detailed concepts of immunology.
  • The Immune System Defender – Ilya Mechnikov, inserted a thorn into a larva and noticed strange cells gathering around the thorn. The cells were eating any foreign substances entering the ruptured skin (devouring cells). Play the game to learn more.
  • Whack TB (Tuberculosis) – There are almost 9 million new cases of TB each year; about 500,000 of these cases are resistant to the best TB drugs available to fight them. Play this game and learn more about fighting TB!” From the Families USA Global Health Initiative.
  • Blood Typing – In this game you have to blood type each patient and give them a blood transfusion.
  • Virtual Hip Surgery – Total Hip Replacement Surgery – Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip replacement surgery.
  • Virtual Knee Surgery – Total Knee Replacement– Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.
  • The Ear Pages – Sound is caused by changes of pressure in the air that is transformed into nerve impulses in the inner ear. Explore “The Ear Pages” and collect the snail shaped symbols to gain points in the quiz.
  • The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective – There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits among kids, and we need to solve these cases. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise. Have fun playing the game.
  • The Food Detectives Fight BAC! – The game gives kids a fun way to learn about foodborne illness. From New Mexico State University.
  • Fatworld – A video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S.
  • WaterBusters! – A game to teach tips for water conservation around the home.
  • NitroGenius – Is a multi-player, multi-stakeholder game about solving nitrogen problems. A free single-player (demo) version is available.
  • Binary Game (Cisco) – The game teaches strategies related to the binary system, a foundation knowledge used by CCNAs to install, configure and operate networks.
  • Plan Your Future Park! – You get to plan your future New York City park, making choices that communities all over the city have been making.
  • The Conductive Valley – We have been taught that plastics, unlike metals, do not conduct electricity. However, plastic can, after certain modifications, be made electrically conductive. Play the game to learn more.
  • Chirality
    – Chiral molecules can be used to control or speed up different chemical reactions. In this game you can learn the basic principles of chirality.
  • Invar & Steel Alloys – Steel, brass and amalgam are a few examples of an alloy. Invar, from the word “invariable”, is a special steel alloy – used today in toasters and CRT-monitors for example. Play the game to learn more.
  • Heating Plastics – There are two major groups of plastics – some melt when heated and others don’t. Find out why by playing the Heating Plastics Game.
  • The Recycler (Transistors) – Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain, the men behind the transistor, were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Today, transistors are found in virtually every electronic device. Play the recycling game to learn more.
  • The Laser Challenge – Laser is used in many areas, such as research, communication, industry, medicine, and environmental care. Learn more about the laser by playing this game.
  • Fold It – Solve Puzzles for Science – Is a computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. Foldit uses spare computer time, via a screensaver, to work out how proteins fold. Players use their computers to fold proteins.
  • Lord of the Flies – The game is supposed to be played after one has read the book “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. The aim is to introduce some basic analytical aspects concerning the book and to challenge the reader’s memory through play.
  • Find the Authors – Among hundreds of letters, the names of Literature Laureates are hidden. Pick a period and search for the authors mentioned on the list beside the puzzle. The names may be written in all directions.
  • Arden – World of William Shakespeare – Attain an appreciation of Shakespearean authorship and Elizabethan England. Modification of Neverwinter Nights Diamond.
  • Globulation2 – Is an innovative Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game which reduces micro-management by automatically assigning tasks to units.
  • Crash Scene Investigation – Help the highway patrol recreate a deadly crash by examining the evidence and calculating the forces. Use trigonometry, physics, and geometry to figure out what happened at an auto crash scene.
  • Airport Security – You’re an airport screener. Can you correctly identify risky items hidden in baggage? Uses actual X-ray images of dangerous devices.
  • Bricks or Clicks – You are put in the role of CEO at a traditional toy manufacturer. The company, called ToyBlocks Co., must confront the challenges of launching an online sales channel while managing and maintaining their current traditional sales channels.
  • Harpooned – Harpooned is a free game for Windows. It is a Cetacean Research Simulator, where you play the role of a Japanese scientist performing research on whales around Antarctica.
  • Stop Whaling Game – Steer the Greenpeace inflatable boat around the seas and intercept the dangerous harpoons from the whaling ship. To make the whaling ship stop whaling, you must try and get your activists on board the whaling ship.
  • WolfQuest – Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate.
  • McDonald’s Video Game – You’ll discover in this game all the dirty secrets that made McDonald’s one of the biggest companies of the world. Interesting stuff man! Multiple languages. Offline version available.
  • Corporate Greed – A 3-minute mini-game about the corporate executives accused and/or convicted of greed-related crimes.
  • Better Business Games – A basic in-box simulation game from British Telecom about managing social and environmental issues in a business. The player takes on the role of corporate CEO. The games contents are drawn from general business dilemmas across all industries.
  • Karma Tycoon – Is a free Online RPG that rocks the gaming world by offering you a thrilling ride through the world of social entrepreneurship as you earn Karma in virtual communities across the US. Teachers curriculum available.
  • Googolopoly – The goal of the game, produced by, is to use Google shares to buy as many properties as you can without landing in the deadpool and losing your stock. You can download the game in its entirety as a PDF.
  • SimCity – Understand variable manipulations for urban management while having fun building a simulated city.
  • Virtual Trader – Investment Game (UK) – Virtual Trader is a free Investment Simulation Game, offering its users the opportunity to gain practical experience trading stocks under real market conditions (London Stock Exchange), against their actual and current prices.
  • INNOV8 – Business Process Management (BPM) Simulator – Innov8 is a FREE interactive 3D business simulator (Registration required), which takes participants through the entire lifecycle of discovery, collaboration, optimization, and innovation of a fictional company’s business processes.
  • eLECTIONS – Your Adventure in Politics – Inspired by the classic board game “The Game of Life,” players will role-play their own virtual candidates running for President.
  • My US Rep – Role Play Congress! – This game enables you to play your favorite (or not so) House of Representative and help them become more popular! Based on real voting data, My US Rep allows you to discover your Rep’s hopes and dreams within an engaging game experience.
  • Whyville – Provide a student-centered, hands-on environment for exploring various school subjects.


  • Hot Potatoes
    The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises.
  • jQuizShow
    Is based on the popular “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” TV game show. You can customize the questions to what you want. It is written in Java , and can run on any platform that supports Java.
    Create your own free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!

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