Friday, February 4, 2011

Dig-It! Games: Roman Town

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Roman Town by Dig It! Games would be a great addition to any study of Roman culture. This "innovative, interactive, instructional" computer game combines textbook learning with simple gaming fun.  Described as "The world's best interactive archeology computer game for kids 8-88", Roman Town was created by a professional archeologist and teacher and attempts to bring your student the excitement of the dig without the travel and mess.     innovative, interactive, instructional
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Do they succeed?  Almost.  As a gaming family, we have grown used to excellent graphics and decent voice acting.  Upon loading the software, our first reaction was one of disappointment in the lack of actual speaking characters or even a narrator.  The game requires you to read all of the information for yourself.  I was concerned this would not be a hit with my family.  Thankfully, I was wrong.

PhotobucketOnce we got into the game, we really enjoyed it.  This is not a game thinly disguised as an educational supplement, there is definite meat here.  The student will learn about Roman culture and archeology and must use what they have learned to complete several mini-games.  These include matching games, identifying what does not belong, and quizzes in the form of completing a journal.


We are not studying Rome this year but that made no difference.  My kids, especially the 9 and 12 year olds, love playing Roman Town.  They frequently play on their own time (with many games to choose from) and I just wish we had this as a supplement last year when studying this time period. It's like having a DK or Usbourne book on Roman Archeology that is interactive! We ended up loving it and would highly recommend it as a supplement to your study of Rome.


Check out the video above for a good look at what Roman Town has to offer.  Available on CD for $39.95, you can purchase it for only $19.96 through Feb 21, 2011 by using the coupon code: TOS2011.


*Disclosure: A download of this software was provided at no cost for review purposes. To read more reviews of this product and others, check out the TOS Crew site.*

1 comment:

Jill Stanish said...

I was surprised as well with how much my kids liked it in spite of the lack of animation/narration. I love your coffee cup rating system. Hopped over from the crew~

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