One of the saddest things that can happen to a student is when he/ she is all work and no play. After all, you only live once, so take a breather once in a while. Yet with these educational games below, you can have the best of both worlds by learning something new while relaxing. Learning has never been this fun and effortless.
1. Tyto: Ecology
If life is a blank slate, what would you write on it? This game is founded on that premise. With an empty biome as your canvas, you add colours in the form of plants and animals. Create the right balance of producers, consumers, pollinators and decomposers, and your ecosystem will flourish. However, if your food chain is ever slightly off balance, get ready for your universe to spiral out of control.
The best thing about this game is that it is low commitment. All you have to do is to check back once in a while to see whether your ecosystem is still functioning fine, or on the verge of collapse. After that, just fine-tune the ecosystem and you can leave the game be for another few hours. This game is perfect for the aspiring biologist or any bio-student who only has 5 minutes to spare.
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2. Plague Inc
Remember how in tyto ecology, you are trying to build a world from scratch? Well, in Plague Inc, you are going to do the reverse. Armed with a virulent strain of virus, your sole aim is to infect everyone and destroy civilisation.
At the end of the day, don’t forget to mutate your virus because although humans are dumb, their scientists are quite persistent and will work day and nights to curb the rise of your dominance.
Sounds exciting? With the expansion packs, you can bring chaos to a whole new level. Want to see only apes left on the face of the earth? Unleash the Simian Flu. Think that our world is too uptight? Spread happiness. Wish to see the zombie apocalypse coming true? Well, you know what to do.
This game is perfect for the frustrated student who dreams of ending the normal functioning of society so that he/she does not have to go to school. In the process, you will learn more about viruses, symptoms and mutations than if you watch all the seasons of House M.D. combined.
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3. Europa Universalis IV
In this award winning game, try your hand at nation building; exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy are completely your decisions to make.
You start by choosing a nation to root for. Each nation is unique in its endowment of resources, psyche and historical events. Will you choose a nation destined for greatness, or will you turn the tides of history and bring glory to an underdog?
Interact with historical figures who existed hundreds of years ago. Pick the right people to aid you in ruling your nation. Gain control of profitable trade routes and watch your coffers overflow with gold. Create coalitions and alliances in the face of aligned interests. But remember, betrayal is part and parcel of life. There is no need to cry over shattered trust. With your wisdom and foresight, lead your nation to new heights and aim for global dominance.
This game is perfect for students who plan to be the next prime minister of Singapore or the next Pope. Governance is an art, start young, start now. If you are less ambitious, this game will also help you to improve your knowledge of European history.
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So go ahead, give these educational games a try. Why be just a student when you can play God, devil or king?