Roman Town (by Dig it! Games)

How would you like to visit a town that was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD? With this game, you can! Dig it games has created a game that allows your child to be part of an archaeological team that is excavating Fossura, a town located neat Vesuvius in ancient times.  While playing, your children will dig up ancient artifacts, LEARN about them, and play games, complete puzzles, and even take quizzes about what they are learning. Here is a link to a video about Roman Town: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JciCliSwgzw&feature=related

As part of the TOS Crew, I received a free download of this game, and I was really excited to get it. Both of my boys enjoyed playing this game, although my 4th grader actually played it more. Roman Town was designed by a teacher, and uses authentic artifacts and historically accurate information to help kids learn about Roman life. As they unearth a new artifact, kids can click on a button to learn more about it through the games interactive encyclopedia called “L.E.A.R.N.”

Kids are led through the program by “guides”, the professor, and a Roman boy and girl, who help to explain things along the way. There are six parts to the excavation, each consisting of items that belong to a different “room” of the Roman house. Kids are able to reconstruct some of the objects they find through puzzles (which was a part of the game I really liked! 🙂 )
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You can also tour the different rooms of the house, and the graphics are amazing!
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Once an excavation is completed, and the kids have also finished the puzzles and activities that go with them, they take a quiz on what they have learned. There are different forms of the quizzes, true/false, matching etc. Students can take all of the quizzes if they want, but they need to complete at least one of them to go on to write the final report and move on to the next dig site.
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I could easily see using this game to supplement a study on Ancient History, but it also has value in using Latin, studying specific parts of the Roman Empire (i.e. furniture, currency, daily life etc.). The fact that it’s fun makes it even better! Parents also have the option of using the companion Educator’s Manual, which includes information about archaeology, a glossary, detailed descriptions of each level of the game, and suggestions for additional activities and discussion topics to enhance the study. The Roman Town website has additional games in the arcade section, such as hangman.

Currently, Roman Town is only available for Windows operating systems. It can be purchased for $39.95, with the Educator’s Manual costing an additional $19.95. However, if you order the game between now and Feb. 21 using the code TOS2011, you can get a $20.00 discount!! Woohoo! I love a sale. 🙂 You can check it out at the Dig It games website here:

http://dig-itgames.com/

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