Computer games can be the bane of your existence or they can be a wonderful asset to your homeschooling effort. Most of the time it is all in how/when you use them, right? Well, we found a game that can be fun as well as educational. Both parents and students can be happy with this game, it is great! We found a game that helps to bring history alive and makes it real to the students by letting them experience it for themselves.
Dig It! Games has given us the opportunity to review Roman Town and we had a blast with it. The girls weren't sure about it at first but were soon hooked. Pretty soon after they started playing, they were telling me facts about Ancient Rome and its culture like it was the coolest thing they had ever heard. Gotta love that!
When the game starts, the student logs in and are given the story that starts their adventure. The player becomes the archaeologist and directs the team to excavate the site to discover objects that were used in Ancient Rome. The site they are excavating is Fossura, a 79AD town that was lost when Mount Vesuvius erupted. On this site they find pieces of pottery, evidence of the architecture, everyday life, and possibly even the remains of the Roman villagers.
|Of course, my kids would love to actually get dirty but this was a lot of fun too!|
|Choose a tool, choose a place and Dig!!|
|Problem solving skills in conjunction with making history fit in with their lives now.|
|More problem solving skills-and fun! Put this vase back together and see what Roman artifacts looked like.|
|When the adventure is over, fill out the report to solidify what was learned.|
**BUT right now, Dig It! Games is running a special just for The TOS Crew! Until February 21st, you can use the code TOS2011 to get Roman Town for the amazing price of $19.96!! I am not even kidding! If you have a student that is interested in archaeology or Ancient Rome, this is the game for you and the price is right. ;-D
Roman Town is an interactive, educational game that is targeted for 5th to 8th graders, but is played by kids from 8 to 88!
The System Requirements are:
• Windows Vista/XP/2000
• CPU 800 Mhz; RAM 412MB; Hard Drive 350MB
There isn't a Mac version right now, but I understand that is in the works!
If you want to find out what other Crew members thought, head on over to The Crew Blog and check 'em out!
**I was given a downloadable version of this game through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.