The following programs are some of our family's favorites - ranging from older classics to brand new titles, from amazingly educational to pure clean fun, and from toddlers to teens. These computer games are enjoyed by the kids for their play value and approved by Mom and Dad for their beneficial qualities. They are listed in no particular order, so enjoy browsing. ;)
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The original Logical Journey of the Zoombinis is by far the best! It has challenging puzzles, interesting characters, and clever humor while teaching advanced math concepts. Too bad the sequels are nowhere near the quality of the first. Read my complete review here.
The SimCity series provides a realistic introduction to city planning and zoning that is still popular after all these years. The older titles SimFarm, SimPark, and SimTower also provide excellent simulations of their respective subjects if you can find them. Read my complete review here.
A must for Star Wars fans and young robotic engineers, this game is a unique combination of construction set and adventure game that enables you to learn and apply scientific principles, with rich 3D graphics and fully orchestrated musical score.
This collection includes Myst, Riven, and Exile - all highly recommended. (There were some other sequels made after the original trilogy, but these three were the best and most memorable.) Read my complete review here.
An arcade-style adventure game about the Tuttle family's crazy road trip, with 40 engaging levels of side-scrolling action, beautifully detailed settings, and wonderfully silly situations. Animated comic-book style cut scenes voiced by Hollywood celebrities enhance the hilarious story.
This game is an amazing visual and aural experience! It's part puzzle game, and part driving game. But the best part is, this game uses the music files from your computer. So whether you like classical, techno, jazz, rock, or whatever, that's what it will play and the game will adapt to fit the tempo, volume, etc. If you like watching the changing colors, shapes, and patterns that move to the music in Windows Media Player, you will love the added interaction of AudioSurf!