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"Top 10 Most Influential Educational Games" Main Page

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This analysis utilizes the list found on the post "The Top 10 Most Influential Educational Games"The original article can be found here

 

In this analysis, we look at some of the most influential educational video games.  The original version of these games were mostly published before 1990, though, due to their success, many of the games received multiple iterations, and some still exist as franchises today (Math Blaster, Mavis Beacon). 

 

In our analysis, we ignored the "retro" aspect of the videogames, the feeling of familiarity while playing a video game from your past, and focused on the essential aspects which made the game entertaining and motivated us to continue playing. 

 

Click on the game's name or the "Read more..." links to see the game's analysis page. 

 

1.  Oregon Trail

Publisher: MECC 

Platform: Apple II

Release Date: 1985

Description: Simulation of Historic Oregon Trail, designed to teach children the "realities of 19th century pioneer life on the trail."

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2. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Publisher: Brøderbund Software 

Platform: PC

Release Date: 1985

Description: Players build their geography skills as they take on the role of a detective in order to find criminals across the world.

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3.  SimCity

Publisher: Maxis Software Inc.   

Platform: DOS   

Release Date: 1989

Version: Simcity (aka Simcity Classic)

Description: Become the Mayor of a simulated city, learn how to manage resources and plan your city's infrastrcuture

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4. Reader Rabbit

Publisher: The Learning Company 

Platform: PC  

Release Date: 1989

Description: Go through various basic word games to improve your reading skills

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5.  Math Blaster

Publisher: Davidson & Associates

Platform: DOS

Release Date: 1987

Version: Math Blaster

Description: Practice math problems by shooting your spaceship's lasers while avoiding enemy shots.

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6. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

Publisher: The Software Toolworks 

Platform: PC  

Release Date: 1987

Description: Beginers learn how to type, while more advanced typists are challenged to increase their typing speed and accuracy

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7.  Lemonade Stand

Publisher: MECC

Platform: Apple II

Release Date: 1979

Description

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8.  Number Munchers

Publisher: MECC

Platform: Apple II 

Release Date: 1986

Description: Practice math skills by eating the correct numbers and equations.

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9.  Zork

Publisher: Infocom

Platform: Apple II

Release Date: 1980

Description

Analysis to come

 
 

10. Rocky's Boots

Publisher: Learning Company

Platform: PC

Release Date: 1982

Description: Learn about electricity and more by building machines with logic gates, wires and more.

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