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Inspired by the video game addiction thread, because some educational games are rubbish but others are among the finest classics.

The Oregon Trail was mentioned first, and rightly so I think, as it seems to have achieved cult status. "Caulk the wagon and float it across... Slarty fell overboard! Lost 2 wagon axles! Slarty has died of dystentery!"

The other unarguable cult favorite is the Carmen Sandiego series. Patty Larceny anyone?

The Learning Company made a lot of great games, of which Think Quick! was probably the best and most famous. I was a big fan of Challenge of the Ancient Empires. Every game should require you to piece together the Stele of Hammurabi!

The Manhole and Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel desreve mention as well. Ah, the days of HyperCard...

What are everyone else's favourites?

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Any strategy game set in history could arguably be called historical. Also, arguably you could say puzzle games like Myst are educational, in a mental development sort of way.

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Granny's Garden. I honestly can't remember much about the game, but it was the first time we ever saw a computer in primary [elementary] school.

Edit: Pesky url tags.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granny%27s_Garden

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Age of Empires I and Age of Empires II, not so much III...

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Hell, I learned more from the Exile games than I did from school. So put them on the educational list

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quote:
Originally written by Clucky:

Hell, I learned more from the Exile games than I did from school. So put them on the educational list
What exactly did you learn from Exile?

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I always liked The Ancient Art of War for learning history and combat tactics.
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Games designed to be educational tend to be bad. Games that are good can be very incidentally educational.

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Oregon Trail, Amazon Trail, and SimEarth. It turns out that SimEarth doesn't work while AOL is running.

And I learned how to spell "supplies" from playing Exile 1.

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Cosmic Osmo was a great game, but I don't know how it could be construed as educational.

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Does anyone else remember The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis?

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Well, I learned some interesting vocabulary from Ratchet and Clank and other games that are not at all meant for education.

I also hear some very colorful language from my dad :P .

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Ooh! The Forever Growing Garden! Not the most educational game out there, but it was fun.

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quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

Does anyone else remember The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis?
That's what it was called! I've been trying to remember the name of it for the past couple weeks. I loved that game. I remember the pizza level and one where there were tiles over a pit and you had to do something or other to get across. I want to play that again.

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Not really a game, but we spent a lot of time in the old computer lab (we're talking Apple IIe's here) futzing around with LogoWriter.
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quote:
Originally written by Mystking:

quote:
Originally written by Clucky:

Hell, I learned more from the Exile games than I did from school. So put them on the educational list
What exactly did you learn from Exile?

Presumably he learned that the best way to get ahead is by assaulting random goblins and selling their goods to the nearest merchant, all the while claiming it's an honest profession.
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I was a big fan of Spelling Jungle.

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All those economics games, were global or interplanetary trade was an important part of strategy. Also Railroad tycoon, for similar reasons.

Zorks were good for reasoning skillz, as well as reading comprehension.

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Scrabble Blast! Or something like that.

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Originally written by Yama:

The Oregon Trail was mentioned first, and rightly so I think, as it seems to have achieved cult status. "Caulk the wagon and float it across... Slarty fell overboard! Lost 2 wagon axles! Slarty has died of dystentery!"
Ah yes, I remember it well... ;)

I also have a really old version of it for an apple][e emulator, and I still play it. Managed to score 8500 points once, too.

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Originally written by Tyranicus:

Does anyone else remember The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis?
Yay! Zoombinis! They made at least one sequel... not sure if I actually ever played it. Now I feel like playing it again too.

SimEarth was awesome... I wish it would run outside of Classic, though.

Oh, and one of my favorite moments out of my schooling was when I corrected one of my elementary school teachers on the spelling of aqueduct. How did I know this? Civilization II. :P

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Originally written by Ephesos:

]Yay! Zoombinis! They made at least one sequel... not sure if I actually ever played it.
They made 2 sequels, which both sucked. The original rocked though.

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I really enjoyed "The Lighter Side of Genocide." Very well made game.
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quote:
Originally written by Ephesos:

quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

Does anyone else remember The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis?
Yay! Zoombinis! They made at least one sequel... not sure if I actually ever played it. Now I feel like playing it again too.

Two sequels (and, ok, I just saw that Tyran already wrote that :rolleyes: ). And I still own Logical Journey. And it still sucks the least.

I also used to love all of those Humongous Entertainment games that were all taken over by stupid Atari. Freddi Fish and whatnot. I must have learned something throughout playing, like, all of them because I didn't need as much help as before on the last couple of games they ever released.

EDIT: There were games other than Thinkin' Things that had Fripples? I miss out on everything.

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