Despite what society might believe, video games aren’t a mindless activity. Most games are extremely cerebral, requiring mental acrobatics to achieve certain goals in a creative way.
Ever since the game’s industry’s early days, game developers that try to create “edutainment,” mixing kid’s entertainment with educational materials. Unfortunately, these attempts ultimately failed to keep the player’s interest, due to poor understanding of what makes a game fun to play. An educational game can’t teach a lesson if it’s off.
This month, we’ve created a list of fun games that are secretly educational. They’ll love playing them — and might even learn a thing or two.
Scribblenauts is a series of “puzzle/action” games for the Nintendo DS and mobile devices. Players must use logic and problem-solving to guide the protagonist, Maxwell, through the game’s intricate series of quests. The player scribbles the name of an item on the DS’s touch screen and can use that object to solve the riddle.
Unlike linear puzzle games, Scribblenauts recognizes multiple solutions, allowing players to approach each problem from a unique angle and still hope to succeed.
2. Sid Meier’s Civilization (Series)
Civilization is a long-running strategy game series, created by Sid Meier. Each game gives the player a chance to rewrite history and make decisions that will change the foundation of their society. Gamers take control of a fledgling nation and learn about finances, strategy, and resource management as they steer it towards prosperity.
Civilization requires the player to look at the big picture, focusing on the macromanagement of their nation, with early game decisions leading to potentially massive consequences as the society ages. Players must balance the needs of their society with winning the game.
Recently, Sid Meier confined that a special edition of Civilization, CivilizationEDU, would be available for school use.
3. Professor Layton
The Professor Layton series revolves around the titular professor and his young apprentice as they roam the game world, searching for mysteries to solve. The player must collect clues and complete riddles to help the duo in their quest. With over 150 puzzles of increasing difficulty, Professor Layton gives a great mental workout.
The game’s storyline is entertaining, stimulating, and holds the player’s attention while teaching math, logic, and problem-solving skills. The third game in the series won a Parent’s Choice Silver Honors award in 2011.
The Portal series is a first-person puzzle game that tasks the player with manipulating physics to complete tests and defeat a malicious Artificial Intelligence known as GLaDOS. The player finds a Portal Gun, a device that opens one entrance and one exit portal at a time. Think laser tag, but with a gun that opens wormholes through space. The goal is to use these portals to make it through an increasingly complex obstacle course, before confronting GLaDOS at the center of the facility. .
Both Portal and its sequel are great tools for teaching physics, spatial movement, and creative thinking. While the game hints at a dark backstory, the actual gameplay and dialogue are exceedingly clean and witty.
Minecraft is essentially the digital equivalent of handing your child an endless Lego set and telling them to go wild. They can build anything that they imagine, as long as they have the right components. The game teaches geometry, physics, and resource management all wrapped up in a blocky package. The possibilities of the game world are virtually limitless. Players have created everything from gigantic replicas of statues to fully playable video games inside the game.
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Who said video games are just for kids? If you are looking to add some excitement to your next family game night, consider investing in a new video game console for the whole family. But which gaming console is right for your clan?
The Nintendo Switch is a must-have game system for families, offering an exciting new direction for social gaming and multiplayer experiences. Here are 3 reasons why the Nintendo Switch is the ultimate game console for family gaming.
1. Flexibility for Families
Parents have been criticizing the divide between video game consoles for years and having to buy games for handheld devices as well as home consoles.
Not anymore. The Nintendo Switch easily transforms from a home console to a portable console, so whether you are staying inside or hitting the road for a family road trip, with the Nintendo Switch you can play your favorite games on-the-go from virtually anywhere.
2. All-Ages Game Selection
The Nintendo Switch offers a well-rounded list of launch titles that both kids and parents will love. Launch titles include nostalgic games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to party games like 1-2-Switch which is chock full of mini-games such as Quick Draw and Samurai Training that are guaranteed to keep your family busy during game night.
More heavy hitters are scheduled for the upcoming months including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2.
3. Social Features and Parental Controls
The Nintendo Switch console offers several multiplayer options, along with social games designed to be played in groups. The Joy-Con splits into two controllers, meaning you can play a multiplayer game right out of the box, without having to buy a second controller.
Parents can also monitor their kids game time with the free Parental Controls app from Nintendo. These controls can limit:
Which games your kids can play
How long (and how late) they can play
Whether they can post screenshots to social media
Whether they can purchase from the Nintendo eShop
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We’re proud to announce that each of our game trailers now offers multiple Nintendo Switch consoles for your entertainment, in addition to our extensive collection of games and systems.
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Why Choose GameTruck?
Are you planning a birthday party or group event? Imagine having access to dozens of the hottest video games and newest gaming consoles on the market from the comfort of your home. At GameTruck Jacksonville, we bring a whole new meaning to the word “party” with our Mobile Video Game Parties and GameTruck Powered LaserTag.
From our expert GameCoaches to our library of classic and modern video game titles, GameTruck Jacksonville offers a unique and engaging mobile gaming experience that is unmatched by local competitors.
Sit Back and Let us Plan Your Party
Planning a birthday party or group activity can be a challenge. Between creating a guest list, sending out invitations, buying supplies, to supervising and executing the event, hosting a special event can be tough for parents to manage on their own. At GameTruck Jacksonville, we are here to help you plan the perfect video game party.
No need to go out and buy party invitations! We provide you with digital and downloadable invitations that you can personalize and send to your guests. Our experienced party planners will help you organize your event to accommodate your location number of guests and any special needs that you have. The best part? From setup to cleanup we take care of everything, so you can enjoy all that our mobile entertainment theater has to offer.
When you choose GameTruck Jacksonville, we pair you with one of our certified GameCoaches to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish. Your GameCoach is there to direct, oversee and entertain your guests, so there is never a dull moment!
Are you not video game savvy? Our GameCoaches are certified and experienced with all of our gaming systems including Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii-U and Sony Virtual Reality. If your guests experience any problems, our GameCoaches are there to help.
Sony Virtual Reality
Did you know that GameTruck Jacksonville carries Sony Virtual Reality headsets to complement our Playstation 4 systems? Immerse your guests into another world with this virtual reality system! This headset allows the player to step into the video game and play in real-time! Kids and adults can enjoy the future of virtual gaming with The Sony Virtual Reality mask.
Sometimes, technology fails. With GameTruck Jacksonville, we have you covered. We always have a backup generator on our trucks to ensure your party will go just as planned even if there is a power outage.
GameTruck: Jacksonville’s Largest Mobile Entertainment Theater
If you are the parent of a self-proclaimed gamer, consider choosing GameTruck Jacksonville for your child’s next birthday party or school event.
At GameTruck Jacksonville, we offer an extensive variety of age-appropriate game titles so your kids can have a blast and you don’t have to worry about keeping them safe. Our location is the largest mobile entertainment theater in the Jacksonville area and proudly serves Duval County and the surrounding areas.
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Let us create a memorable gaming experience that your kids and their friends will be talking about for weeks. Request a party from our website or call us today to learn more about our affordable prices and excellent service. For more information on GameTruck Jacksonville, call at (866)253-3191!