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Favorite Computer Games

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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Zoombinis Logical Journey
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.

Numbermaze Challenge Ages 5-12
Find your way through mazes and earn rewards by solving arithmetic problems.

World of Goo
A huge variety of puzzles, physics simulations, and goo. Plus a unique design and wonderful soundtrack.

The Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe
Explore space and the universe!

Music Ace and Music Ace 2, both excellent music programs. Read my complete review here.

My Amazing Human Body 1.2
Nice introduction to the human body and how it works, for children.

Magic School Bus Explores Inside the Earth
A great way to learn about volcanoes. Very educational!

All of the above titles are good for little kids, but the JumpStart series was always my favorite.

Where in the World & USA is Carmen SanDiego?
A wonderful way to learn geography! Read my complete review here.

Carmen Sandiego Junior Detective
Specially designed for younger kids to learn about world cultures.

What can I say, I LOVE the JumpStart series! Read my complete review here.

The ClueFinders series wasn't quite as educational as the JumpStart series, but they had more engaging storylines and were great fun!

Liberty's Kids
Learn American history as well as how to be a journalist! Read my complete review here.

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
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.

Restaurant Empire
Learn about the restaurant industry and how to run your own restaurant!

Oregon Trail 4th Edition
Learn history and geography as you head West in a wagon train! Read my complete review here.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
Manage a theme park, design your own rides, and ride them!

Sid Meier's Civilization V
Learn about world civilizations, diplomacy, war, and live your own epic story each time you play.

Age Of Empires Collector's Edition
Age of Empires is a great series for anyone who wants to explore (and change) world history, learning how empires rise and fall in the process.

Making History 2: War of the World
Immerse yourself in this World War II simulation that lets you play the role of a WWII era national leader.

Star Wars: Droid Works
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.

Star Wars: Pit Droids
Star Wars fans will like this puzzle game. It helps develop logical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Droid Works is still better, though, if you want to actually design, build, and test robots.

All of the above I Spy titles are excellent. Read my complete review here.

The Hobbit
We love this game! It's a really fun game to play, with colorful graphics and a beautiful soundtrack. Read my complete review here.

A fun-filled game that will keep kids busy for hours. My favorite part is the intro movie! (We tried some other LEGO computer games but this is the only one we were able to make work.)

Myst 10th Anniversary DVD Edition
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.

Ominous Horizons
An amazingly unique CHRISTIAN computer game that's fun to play. But beware, parts of this game are really creepy! Read my complete review here.

The music and graphics in this CHRISTIAN computer game capture the essence of ancient Rome, which was not a safe place for Christians. Read my complete review here.

An action-packed game with humorous dialogue, rich graphics, and a great soundtrack.

Tuttles Madcap Misadventures
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.

Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Limited Edition
Finally a zombie game that's suitable for kids. This one is cute, colorful, and tons of fun to play!

Another colorful, fun game from Pop Cap. This one gives lots of positive feedback, along with a fireworks celebration and "Ode to Joy" when you complete a challenge. It's addictive though!

Nanosaur: Hatchling
The original Nanosaur was addictively fun, as this sequel promises to be.

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!


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