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Nz17
11-04-2014, 03:50 AM
Simple as that: what are your favorite educational entertainment titles, and what makes them so special to you?

Tanooki
11-04-2014, 11:00 AM
I guess the Oregon Trail. I remember first playing it in school. It plays like a game but teaches you of the routes people took to get to Oregon, the hardships, the history of the landmarks.

I know it's not really 'educational' but at least I consider them as such and I'd rather vote for both Sim City and the original Civilization. SC taught how to handle a basic budget, basic economics, city development, planning, and how to handle a crisis situation too. Civilization taught the benefits of war and peace, development, expansion, budgets, resource allocation and distribution all under the hood of a big fat history lesson because each Civilzation had the basics of them displayed but it also gave a little history lesson summary of every tech from numbers and letters to space parts and nuclear power.

Wookie
11-04-2014, 11:49 AM
I always liked Meteor Multiplication on the TI99. It's like Asteroids, but instead of aiming at the meteors, you have to quickly type in the answer to the mutliplication problem presented.

Oregon Trail was fun, too. Until I found out what dysentery was.

wizardofwor1975
11-04-2014, 09:16 PM
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Games like the Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego taught kids history, geography, problem solving, and critical thinking skills all under the guise of being a computer game.

digiboy
01-20-2015, 09:55 PM
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? This game was like a fun Geography lesson.

ProjectCamaro
01-20-2015, 10:17 PM
Number Munchers and Word Munchers, both were some of my first video games back when we first got a single Mac for each classroom in 1st grade.

Gameguy
01-21-2015, 12:05 AM
Sam and Max Hit the Road because I learned about John Muir.

bb_hood
01-21-2015, 05:15 AM
Games like the Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego taught kids history, geography, problem solving, and critical thinking skills all under the guise of being a computer game.

Oregon Trail taught me how to kill a large quantity of wild animals and leave most of the meat in the woods to rot.

wizardofwor1975
01-21-2015, 06:58 PM
Oregon Trail taught me how to kill a large quantity of wild animals and leave most of the meat in the woods to rot.

Glad to hear Oregon Trail helped you hone your video game marksmanship. BTW, thanks again on your NES TMNT walkthrough. I finally beat it with your help. :)

bb_hood
01-21-2015, 10:06 PM
BTW, thanks again on your NES TMNT walkthrough. I finally beat it with your help. :)

Welcome!

Nz17
01-22-2015, 03:31 AM
Sam and Max Hit the Road because I learned about John Muir.

I had to reply to +1 this. I found it really funny when the giant letters appeared which spelt out E-D-U-T-A-I-N-M-EN-T on the screen during that part.


Oregon Trail taught me how to kill a large quantity of wild animals and leave most of the meat in the woods to rot.

See how accurate the game was? It realistically portrayed how you too could behave like the commercial bulk fur trappers of the day.

bb_hood
01-22-2015, 04:29 PM
See how accurate the game was? It realistically portrayed how you too could behave like the commercial bulk fur trappers of the day.

It was silly because you could kill many animals hunting and the game would say like "you killed 1,000 lbs of food but you could only carry 80 lbs back to the wagon". Like, thats sooo wasteful. Just back up the friggin truck and load in that meat.

Also with Oregon Trail I would always get far in the game then lose everything trying to cross some river. Hmmm, 5$ to use the ferry? No thanks, Ill just wade across instead and save the money. Then you end up losing all your oxen, your wife and both kids..

Nz17
01-23-2015, 02:46 AM
It was silly because you could kill many animals hunting and the game would say like "you killed 1,000 lbs of food but you could only carry 80 lbs back to the wagon". Like, thats sooo wasteful. Just back up the friggin truck and load in that meat.

I understand, but those covered wagons had wooden wheels and axles, so they could only support so much weight - far less than metal components could - not to mention whatever the pulling capacity of your ox(en) might be is limited. After all, the game was considering the weight of the wagon itself, plus your weight, plus the weight of your family members, plus the weight of all of the rest of your possessions and supplies.


Also with Oregon Trail I would always get far in the game then lose everything trying to cross some river. Hmmm, 5$ to use the ferry? No thanks, Ill just wade across instead and save the money. Then you end up losing all your oxen, your wife and both kids..

Yeah, I know what you mean. Whenever I was playing the game, I would try to stretch my resources and end up losing big time by choosing to ford the river. Then again, many times I didn't have the money to ford the river - I'd be rich in other supplies, but not have enough money left. Other times, I didn't want to wait however many days it would take the ferry to return or cross the river as my supplies were dwindling and we'd go without food if we waited, or someone was sick or feverish, so we couldn't afford to wait until we reached the next town with a doctor.

But think of it this way: with your oxen, wife, and children dead and gone, you have so much more room in your wagon for all that wild game's meat! Go get killing those rabbits, squirrels, and bison!

Atarileaf
01-23-2015, 06:55 AM
I was a big fan of Carmen Sandiego when I first got it on the Tandy Coco 3. I would play it over and over again. A lot of fun and I now know the capital of Iceland (and how to properly pronounce it) :D

FieryReign
01-23-2015, 10:38 AM
Can't say I've ever found any educational game fun. Closest thing would be those Brain Age games on the DS. Or Typing Of The Dead on Dreamcast. That shit actually improved my typing skills for awhile(never owned a PC in my life).

Tanooki
01-23-2015, 11:29 AM
Ehh Oregon Trail I think is fairly hard to hate because it doesn't even feel educational unless you actually bother to read the historical notes at each stop. You have commerce, travel, hunting, random death and disease, floods, animal illness/death and more. It's so random it does keep itself interesting and you can take multiple paths.

Yago
01-28-2015, 07:21 PM
This may seem odd and off pace from the rest of the posts but I think Typing of the Dead on the Sega Dreamcast. Not only did I learn to type playing that game, I learned to type pretty darn fast! So even though not an educational game I did develop a valuable skill from playing it.

Nz17
01-29-2015, 01:16 AM
Yago, Typing of the Dead is excellent. It is so much fun, and a great motivator to learn to type faster! Too bad the Western world never got SEGA's Typing Space Harrier, which is another excellent entry in SEGA's Typing series. However, we did get Typing of the Dead: Overkill. Personally, I don't like the game upon which it is based, but if you don't mind the content in House of the Dead: Overkill, Typing of the Dead: Overkill is another game worth your consideration. (And yes, it also has words appearing which are funny based on what's happening on screen.)

8-Bit Archeology
01-29-2015, 09:04 AM
I like all of the above games in their own way. But I have to throw this one out there.
Zoombini's Logical Journey.

There's a soft spot in my heart for that cheesy old edutainment game.

Atarileaf
01-30-2015, 08:29 PM
I was a big fan of Carmen Sandiego when I first got it on the Tandy Coco 3. I would play it over and over again. A lot of fun and I now know the capital of Iceland (and how to properly pronounce it) :D

Quoting myself here but I thought it was relevant as I scored a sealed copy of the original Carmen Sandiego for the Coco 3 on ebay a couple of days ago for $12.99 plus shipping. Awesome deal really.

Nz17
02-01-2015, 09:09 AM
Zoombini's Logical Journey

I am definitely for things that increase people's awareness of and usage of reason and logic.


Carmen Sandiego [sealed CIB] for the Coco 3 $12.99 plus shipping

Ahh yeah, nothing like a complete copy in a big computer game box.

calthaer
03-04-2016, 07:59 PM
Carmen Sandiego games have to be my favorite. If I recall correctly, "Where in the USA?" was the first, followed by Europe, and then World, and then Time. I am pretty sure Time is the last; a little unsure about the other ones. Even though they were largely a process of hunting through the reference books included with the game along with some minimal logic / deduction, they were great for children to learn.

Other than that, Number Munchers - definitely a favorite.

Pr3tty F1y
03-05-2016, 03:12 PM
Operation Neptune. Great shump and math game :D Back when I played this as a kid in school, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely better than Math Blaster.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yYE2ZDIIu0&t=2m55s

Highwind Dragoon
05-04-2017, 04:41 PM
My favorite one was on a snowy mountain with 4 levels, and every time you cleared the mountain, you would parachute out of a palace/fortress to the base and receive a treasure for your trophy room in a cave. Forgot the name of it.

EDIT: It was the mac version of super solvers: treasure math storm.

WulfeLuer
05-08-2017, 02:15 AM
Oh man, it's kinda embarrassing, since I have two that I remember having a total blast with, but I can't recall their titles to save my life. OT is okay, and I chewed through multiple iterations of Carmen Sandiego (to the consternation of actual educators) on Apples (think the IIc and IIe, I forgot). But the two that I loved and can't recall the names of...

The first was this truck driving simulator. You drove a 18-wheeler hauling whatever to various places in the US, having to worry about things like eating and sleeping, picking the best route between cities, and deciding whether or not to speed and risk a pullover. If you got to the destination on time, you got a little prize in-game. I don't remember if you just drove off again or had to start a new haul. It was one of those things that should have totally sucked, but ate your brain and your free time, and actually gave something like meaningful decision points.

The second was this game where cartoony robots were rampaging through the school, and you 'shot' them with a camera to drive them off, and then you tried to match details on the photos with evidence you collected to figure out which one was the actual bad guy. I think there were variations where the 'evidence' was linked to a particular subject, but I can't remember for sure. It was kinda 20 years ago now.

celerystalker
05-08-2017, 06:57 PM
Oh man, it's kinda embarrassing, since I have two that I remember having a total blast with, but I can't recall their titles to save my life. OT is okay, and I chewed through multiple iterations of Carmen Sandiego (to the consternation of actual educators) on Apples (think the IIc and IIe, I forgot). But the two that I loved and can't recall the names of...

The first was this truck driving simulator. You drove a 18-wheeler hauling whatever to various places in the US, having to worry about things like eating and sleeping, picking the best route between cities, and deciding whether or not to speed and risk a pullover. If you got to the destination on time, you got a little prize in-game. I don't remember if you just drove off again or had to start a new haul. It was one of those things that should have totally sucked, but ate your brain and your free time, and actually gave something like meaningful decision points.

The second was this game where cartoony robots were rampaging through the school, and you 'shot' them with a camera to drive them off, and then you tried to match details on the photos with evidence you collected to figure out which one was the actual bad guy. I think there were variations where the 'evidence' was linked to a particular subject, but I can't remember for sure. It was kinda 20 years ago now.

I don't know about the second game, but the first sounds like Truckin', which I played on Intellivision.

Dangerboy
05-08-2017, 07:06 PM
Lightspan. XD

Robocop2
09-18-2017, 11:18 AM
Oh man, it's kinda embarrassing, since I have two that I remember having a total blast with, but I can't recall their titles to save my life. OT is okay, and I chewed through multiple iterations of Carmen Sandiego (to the consternation of actual educators) on Apples (think the IIc and IIe, I forgot). But the two that I loved and can't recall the names of...


The second was this game where cartoony robots were rampaging through the school, and you 'shot' them with a camera to drive them off, and then you tried to match details on the photos with evidence you collected to figure out which one was the actual bad guy. I think there were variations where the 'evidence' was linked to a particular subject, but I can't remember for sure. It was kinda 20 years ago now.

This was the first one that came to my mind aside from the always popular Oregon Trail of course but you're thinking of the Super Solver series I believe. I can remember our whole class rushing to the learning center at school trying to get to the computers first to play them because we obviously in the late 80's had more students than computers
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hackfly
12-11-2017, 05:35 AM
Yes!! The Carmen Sandiego Series...Where in the World, Where in the U.S.A., Where in Europe, and Where in Time.
Another one is 3D Dinosaur Adventure, it helped me to remember the name of different dinosaurs.

Cornelius
12-12-2017, 10:05 PM
Favorite isn't really the right word, but one my sister and I played was a math game set in a 3D castle (think Phantasy Star 1 dungeons). You had to find your way out, but sometimes a spider would drop in front of you and you'd have to solve the math problem it gave you to pass. I think you could also find treasure and had to answer a problem to pick it up. The walls were bluish gray and I think the spiders were purple and drawn directly facing you, so with the legs out to the side. I remember my sister was at a difficulty level where it was completely incomprehensible to me, probably long division, whereas I was doing stuff like 12 + 6.

edit: a day later, but I found the game: Adventures in Math. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzXD1tAPK0Q

Nz17
12-14-2017, 03:51 AM
You can play "Adventures in Math" at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/msdos_Adventures_in_Math_1983

gbpxl
03-08-2018, 08:02 PM
Mario is Missing!. it feels like Super Mario World but with historical insight

Mad-Mike
03-15-2018, 05:04 PM
Well, probably the one that wowed me and kept me engaged the most, even though in actuality it's the most boring and stupid thing ever in retrospect, but hey, I was 8, would be that IBM EdLAN Package series of math games they had that had kinda funky full speech synthesis. We played them on IBM PS/2 Model 25 286s with Telex Headphones on....and you'd get a different color Ribbon based on how quickly you answered the problem...

IBM PS/2: "You have Seven...BOUELS (Bowls) of Cerial.....you ate one more.....how many...BOUELS (Bowls) of cerial do you have now"

ME: (hunt n' pecks a lough, clicky "8" on the 101 key IBM Model "M" Keyboard)

IBM PS/2: "Like a happy smile it displays a pretty VGA gold ribbon on the lower right hand side of the screen".

Honestly my favorite thing to use in school was IBM LinkWay, all of my Pixel Art skills I OWE to IBM LinkWay. I wish I had a copy! I made a lot of login screens up into High School using that.

If I have to pick an actual edutainment title - there were these Science Labs by IBM in high school that were DOS based and interactive that were rather fun....like mixing chemicals and showing how Cells work and whatnot. I think I have one or two of those.

Nz17
03-15-2018, 06:33 PM
Here, Mad-Mike, I uploaded this for you:
https://archive.org/details/IBM-LinkWay