THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
CONCEPT: Experience the perils of a slave attempting to escape to freedom in this first person adventure.
DELIVERY: As a part of our recent revamp of our history apps section, I came across this app and was immediately intrigued by its approach to the subject matter. Rather than just present a digital text book, you are immersed in the experience of actually being a slave through the use of a first person perspective adventure.
Along the way, you meet several pivotal figures from the abolitionist movement such as Frederick Douglass and learn more about how they helped the Underground Railroad function. You also get to make decisions that affect your route through the adventure. This makes multiple playthroughs a viable option as there are actually several different endings.
The graphics are solid, the music authentic and the characters vibrant. It's a genuinely immersive experience and a superb way to learn about the events. I hope National Geographic decide to produce more apps of this style focusing on other historical events.
LIMITATIONS: External links to further content after completing the main adventure would have been most welcome.
CONCLUSION: A brilliant approach to learning about this crucial aspect of modern history that can help modern students empathise with those that went through it. 5/5
Teaching students about the Underground Railroad and slavery in general
Contextualising key figures from the abolitionist movement