Dig-It Games are producing an excellent series of game-based learning apps that teach young historians about classical civilisations. With a focus on the Mayans and Romans at present, there's already a lot to love from this developer. Their apps require students to employ a wide range of skills (analytical thinking, logic, spatial reasoning) as they learn about different aspects of these wondrous ancient cultures.
One such app is Roman Town which engages students in learning about life in Ancient Rome (specifically Pompeii) through games and challenges. The game follows two children, Charlie and Fiona as they search Pompeii for the mysterious villain Ladrone. There are 35 games in total and they range from artefact identification to reading Roman numerals and even traditional Roman games.
With each game completed, the characters unlock another clue. These take the form of facts about life in Rome and are often directly linked to the mini-game itself - facts about Roman numerals after the game using them etc. The adventure is split into five areas with different activities available depending on whether you are playing as Charlie or Fiona (you can switch between them at any point via the settings menu.) The range on offer is excellent and the way it is wrapped up in a storyline rather than just presenting the games in isolation is a great touch.
The games vary in difficulty from quite simple to very challenging and definitely a test for students’ logic and reasoning. Once they have been completed, they can also be accessed independently from the settings menu. There’s even an integrated achievements list to add additional replay value.
A fun, engaging way to learn about life in Ancient Rome and free too!