Educational Video Game Directory

In general, this directory emphasizes 'complex' games (games comprising of a variety of activities, typically taking multiple hours to complete). Short, single-activity 'mini games' are typically not listed. Also, please note that from a strict definition many educational games are not 'educational'; They aren't designed to teach the player new (content area) skills, knowledge, or content, but rather designed to motivate the player to review or practice skills, content, or knowledge the player has previously learned elsewhere (i.e. Distributed Practice).

Game
Platform
Cost
Free Demo?
Genre
Content/Topics
Grade Level(s)
3rd World Farmer
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Social Studies - Economics, Poverty
Middle School
Activate
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Political Campaigning

After the Storm
Web

Yes*
First-Person Role-Playing
Language Arts; Journalism
Middle School
Agent Higgs
Web/iPod/iPad
$1.99 (with free Lite version)
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Particle Physics
High School
Aklavya
Web
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Language-English
Elementary School
Ansel & Clair: Little Green Island
iPod/iPad
$3.99-$4.99
No
Interactive
Science - Pollution, Alternative Energy
Elementary School (Grades 2-4)
Argument Wars
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Puzzles
Government - Supreme Court
Middle School
Ayiti
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Social Studies - Haiti, Economics, Poverty

Backyard Engineers
Web
$2.49 (with different education pricing)
No
Puzzles
Engineering

Bayville
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Ecology

Betwixt Folly & Fate
Mac/Windows
$99.00 (part of a curriculum pack)
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
US History - Colonialism, Slavery, Revolutionary War

Bongo Balance
Mac/Android
$2.99 (with different education pricing)
No
Puzzles
Science - Chemistry
Middle School
BrainQuake Math
Web
$2.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Numeracy

Branches of Power
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Branches of Government

Budget Hero
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Economics, Government

Caduceus
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Epidemiology

Cast Your Vote
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Political Debates

Catchment Detox
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Ecology - Water Pollution
Middle School
Cell Command
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Cellular Biology, Immune System
Middle School (Grades 5-9)
CellCraft
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Cellular Biology
High School (9th Grade)
Cell Defense
iPod/iPad
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Biology
High School
Citizen Science
Web
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Ecology - Limnology, Water Pollution

Clonester
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Project Management
Higher Education
A Closed World
Web
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
LGBT Issues

CO2Fx (not currently available)
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Science - Global Warming

Coaster Creator
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Physics - Potential and Kinetic Energy

Community in Crisis
Web

Yes*
First-Person Role-Playing
Language Arts; Journalism
Elementary School (Grades 4-6)
Contraption Maker
Mac/Windows
$9.99
No
Puzzles
Science - Physics

Cool School
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
Elementary School
Cosmos Chaos!
Nintendo DS
Varies
No
Adventure/RPG
Language Arts - Vocabulary
4th Grade
Counties Work
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Community Governance

The Counting Kingdom
Web/iOS/Android
$5.99 (with different education pricing)
No
Real-Time Strategy
Mathematics - Arithmetic
Elementary School (Grades 1-3)
Court Quest
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Judicial Branch

Crayon Physics Deluxe
Mac/Windows/Linux
$19.95
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Physics

Crazy Plant Shop
Web
$4.95 (with different education pricing)
Yes*
Interactive Flash
Science - Genetics
Middle School (Grades 5-9)
Creature Capture
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Mathematics - Whole Numbers, Fractions
Elementary School
Crisis of Nations
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Foreign Policy

CSI: The Experience
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Forensics, Chemistry, Biology

The Curfew (not currently available)
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Human Rights

Darfur is Dying
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Social Studies - Darfur

DebtSki
Web
Free
Yes
Side-Scrolling Action
Economics - Budgets, Savings, Debt, Interest

Democracy 2
Mac/Windows (optionally via Steam)
$19.95
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Government

Democracy 3
Mac/Windows (optionally via Steam)
$24.99
No
Turn-Based Strategy
Government

Diffusion
Web
$2.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Fractions

Discover Babylon
Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Social Studies - Mesopotamia

Do I Have a Right?
Web/iPad
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Puzzles
Government - Constitutional Law

Drafting Board (not currently available)
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Language Arts - Argumentation

Dragon Box Algebra
Mac/Windows/iPad/Android
$2.99-$4.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Algebra
Elementary and Middle School
Dragon Box Big Numbers
iOS/Android
$7.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Arithmetic
Elementary School (Ages 6-9)
Dragon Box Elements
iOS/Android
$4.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Geometry
Elementary and Middle School
Dragon Box Numbers
iOS/Android
$7.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Arithmetic
Elementary School (Ages 4-8)
Dragon Breeder
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Genetics
Middle School (Grades 7-9)
DreamBox Math
iPad
Free*
Yes*
Interactive Puzzles
Mathematics
Elementary School
EcoDefenders
Web
$95.00 per year (subscription to JASON)
No
Interactive Flash
Science - Ecology, Invasive Species

Econauts
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Ecology, Biology

ElectroCity
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Science - Renewable Resources, Alternative Energy

Enercities
Web (Unity plugin required)
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Science - Renewable Resources, Alternative Energy
Middle and High School
Energize (not currently available)
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Alternative Energy

Energy City
Web
$95.00 per year (subscription to JASON)
No
Interactive Flash
Science - Renewable Resources

Eterna
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - RNA, Base Pairs
High School
European Exploration
iPad
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Social Studies - World History, Colonialism

Evolver
Mac/Windows
$39.99
Yes*
First-Person Role-Playing
Mathematics - Pre-Algebra
Middle School (6th Grade)
Executive Command
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Puzzles
Government - Executive Branch

Eye of the Donkey
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Organic Chemistry - PCR DNA Replication Method

EyeWire
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Neurobiology

Fair Play
Web (Unity plugin required)
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Higher Education - Academic Ethics
Higher Education
Fate of the World
Mac/Windows (optionally via Steam)
$18.99
No
Turn-Based Strategy
Social Studies - Climate Change, Population Growth

Fidget
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Engineering; Science - Physics

Fidget Factory
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Engineering; Science - Electricity, Circuits

Fix the Budget
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Social Studies - Economics, Government

Fold It
Mac/Windows/Linux
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Organic Chemistry - Protein Folding
Higher Education
Forgotten Island
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Science - Classification
Middle School
Garbage Dreams
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Recycling

Geomoto
iOS/Android
$1.99
No
Puzzles
Science - Earth Science, Plate Tectonics
Middle School
Global Conflicts: Palestine
Mac/Windows
9.99 EU (with different education pricing)
Yes*
First-Person Role-Playing
Social Studies - Israel/Palestine conflict, Journalism
High School
Great Geometry Adventure
Mac/Windows
$9.95
No

Mathematics - Geometry

The Great Piggy Bank Adventure
Web
Free
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Economics, Budgets, Finance

Guardian of Law
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Constitutional Law
Middle School
Guts and Bolts
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Human Body Systems

Half the Sky Movement
Web (via Facebook)
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Social Studies - Empowering Women

Hotel Heat
Web
$1.34 (with different education pricing)
No
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Physics, Thermodynamics

History of Biology
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Biology
High School (Grades 7-12)
ICED
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Social Studies - Illegal Immigration

Immigration Nation
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Immigration Policy

Immune Attack
Windows
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Science - Microbiology, Immune System functions
High School
International Racing Squirrels
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Economics - Budgets, Finance

Killer Flu
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Epidemiology
High School
Landform Detectives
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Geology, Plate Tectonics

LawCraft
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Legislative Process

Learn Japanese to Survive! Hiragana Battle
Mac/Windows (via Steam)
$6.99
No
Role-Playing
Japanese

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey
Mac/Windows (via Steam)


Puzzles
Language Arts

Life Preservers
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Ecology - Invasive Species

Ludwig
Windows
$9.90
Yes
Third-Person Puzzles
Physics - Renewable Energy
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Lure of the Labyrinth
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Mathematics - Pre-Algebra
Middle School (6th Grade)
MasterMines
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Geology

Max5
Windows
Free (Beta)
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - STEM

Mayan Mysteries
Web/iPad
$5.99 (with different education pricing)
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Archaeology; Social Studies - Maya
Middle School
MedMyst
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Infectious Disease, Microbiology
Middle School
MetaBlast
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Cellular Biology
High School
Mission Biotech
Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Biotechnology
High School
Mission US
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Social Studies - US History, Colonialism, Revolutionary War
Middle School
Mixed Reception
Web
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - AP Chemistry
High School
Molecubes
Web
$2.49 (with different education pricing)
No
Puzzles
Science - States of Matter, Physical and Chemical Changes

Monster Math
iPad
$2.99
No
First-Person Role Playing
Mathematics - Arithmetic
Elementary School (Grade 2-5)
Moonbase Alpha
Windows (via Steam)
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Astronomy, NASA
Middle School (Grades 6-9)
Motion Force
Web
$5.99 (with different education pricing)
No
Puzzles
Science - Physics
Middle School
MP for a Week
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - UK Parliament

My Word Coach
Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii
Varies
No
Skill Building
Language Arts, Vocabulary, Spelling

N-Squad
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Biology, Effects of alcohol
Middle School
NanoCrafter
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Synthetic Biology
High School and Higher Education
NanoMission
Windows
Free
Yes

Science - Microbiology, Nanotechnology

Niche
Mac/Windows (via Steam)
$18.99

Turn-Based Strategy
Science - Genetics, Ecology

Nike+ Kinect Training
Xbox 360 (Kinect required)
Varies
No
Interactive Coaching
Physical Education - Fitness
High School/Adult
Ninja Kitchen
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Health - Food Safety

Odyssey
Mac/Windows (via Steam)
$14.99
No
First-Person Role-Playing/Puzzles
Science - Astronomy
Middle School (Grades 6-9)
On the Ground Reporter (not currently available)
Web
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Journalism; Social Studies - Darfur
High School
Oncology
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Oncology, Cancer Treatment
Higher Education
Over the Top
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Narrative
Social Studies-
WWI/Trench Warfare
Middle/High School
Pandemic II
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Epidemiology
High School
Pangean
iOS/Android
$1.99
No
Puzzles
Science - Earth Science, Continental Drift
Middle School
Papers, Please
Mac/Windows (optionally via Steam)
$9.99
Yes*
Turn-Based Strategy
Government - Immigration
High School
Peacemaker Game
Mac/Windows
$19.95 (with different education pricing)
Yes
Turn-Based Strategy
Social Studies - Israel/Palestine Conflict
High School
People's Pie
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Federal Budget

Pet Pals Animal Doctor
Mac/Windows
$9.99
No
First-Person Role-Playing
Veterinary Medicine

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Nintendo DS
Varies
No
Interactive Role-Playing
Government - Law, Judiciary
Middle School (Rated T)
Phylo
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - DNA

Phys 1
iOS/Android
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Physics, Kinematics
High School
Plague, Inc.
Android/iPod/iPad
$0.99
No
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Epidemiology
High School
Plan It Green
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Renewable Resources
Middle School
Planet Mechanic
Web
$2.49 (with different education pricing)
No
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Space Science

Playing History: The Plague
Web
9.95 EU (with different education pricing)
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
History - Black Plague

Playing History: Slave Trade
Web
9.95 EU (with different education pricing)
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
History - Slave Trade

Power Play
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Branches of Government, Checks and Balances

Powers of Minus Ten
Mac/Windows/Android/iPod/iPad
$1.99 (Mobile App) or $9.95
No
Puzzles
Science - Cellular Biology, DNA
High School
PowerUp
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Engineering

Prep School
Web/iPad
$0.99
No
Puzzles
Language Arts
Elementary School
Prisoner of Echo
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Physics, Sound Waves
Middle School
Prodigy
Web
Free* (Registration required)
Yes
Interactive Puzzles
Mathematics
Elementary School
Project Unison
iPod/iPad
$1.99
No
Puzzles
Music - Intervals

Progenitor X
Web (Unity plugin required)
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Biology, Stem Cells
High School
Quandary
Web
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Language Arts - Critical thinking, perspective-taking
Middle School
Quantum Moves
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Science - Quantum Physics

Quest2Teach
Web

Yes*

Higher Education - Teacher Preparation
Higher Education
The Radix Endeavor
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes
MMO Role-Playing
Science - STEM, Mathematics, Science
Middle and High School
Raft Race Challenge
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Mathematics - Geometry
Elementary School
Reach for the Sun
Web
$9.99 (with different education pricing)
No

Science - Plants, Photosynthesis

Reconstructors
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Neurobiology, Substance Abuse
Middle School
ReDistricting Game
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Puzzles
Government - Representation, Redistricting
High School
Refraction
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Puzzles
Mathematics - Fractions
Elementary School
Re-Mission
Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Microbiology, Immune System functions, Cancer

Represent Me!
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Legislative Branch, Representation

Resilient Planet
Mac/Windows
$95.00 per year (subscription to JASON)
No
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Oceanography, Ecology

Responsibility Launcher
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Civic Responsibility

Riddle Books
Web


Puzzles
Mathematics - Problem Solving
Elementary School
Satisfraction
Web
Free
Yes
Puzzles
Mathematics - Fractions
Elementary School
Septris
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Medicine - Sepsis
Higher Education
SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge!
Web
Varies
Yes*
Real-Time Strategy
Science; Language Arts
Middle School
Sleep Furiously EDU
Web
$3.99
No
Puzzles
Language Arts - Grammar

Solve the Outbreak
iPad
Free
Yes
Interactive
Science - Epidemiology
High School (Grades 7-12)
SpaceStationSim
Windows
$14.95
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Science - Astronomy, NASA

The Sports Network 2
Web
Free (Registration required)
Yes

Language Arts; Journalism

Storm Seekers
Web
$1.34 (with different education pricing)
No

Science - Meteorology

Storm Tracker
Web
$95.00 per year (subscription to JASON)
No
Interactive Flash
Science - Meteorology

Stop Disasters!
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Health - Emergency Preparedness

Super Scribblenauts
Nintendo DS
Varies
No
Third-Person Puzzles
Language Arts - Vocabulary

Supreme Decision
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Judicial Branch, First Amendment Rights

Tikiquations
Web
$1.34 (with different education pricing)
No
Puzzles
Science - Chemical Reactions, Balancing Equations
High School (Grades 8-10)
Time Engineers
Windows
$9.95 (with different education pricing)
No

Engineering

The Time Tribe
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Puzzles
Social Studies - History
Elementary and Middle School (Grades 3-7)
Timez Attack
Mac/Windows
$39.99 (with different education pricing)
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Mathematics - Multiplication
Elementary School
Transform It!
Web
$95.00 per year (subscription to JASON)
No
Interactive Flash
Physics - Energy Transformations

Treefrog Treasure
Web
Free
Yes
Side-Scrolling Action
Mathematics - Whole Numbers, Fractions
Elementary School
Tyto Ecology
Mac/Windows (via Steam)
$6.99

Real-Time Strategy
Science - Ecology

Variant
Mac/Windows
$29.99
No
Third-Person Role-Playing
Mathematics - Calculus
High School/Higher Education
Velocity Raptor
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Physics, Light, Relativity
High School
Venture Africa
Mac/Windows
$19.99
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Ecology (African safari)

Venture Arctic
Mac/Windows
$19.99
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Science - Ecology (Arctic)

Viking Quest
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Social Studies - European History, Vikings

Villainy, Inc.
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash Animations
Mathematics - Pre-Algebra
Middle School (6th Grade)
Virtual Walking the Pens
Windows
Free
Yes
First-Person Role-Playing
Farming, Livestock (Pigs)

Virulent
Web (Unity plugin required)/iPad
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Epidemiology, Immune System
High School
Warp Driver
Windows
Free
Yes
Sports
Science - Physics
High School (Grades 9-12)
Way
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
Third-Person Co-op Puzzles
Non-verbal Communication, Cooperative Problem-Solving

We The Jury
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Jury Process

Win the White House
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Government - Presidential Elections

WindFall
Web
Free
Yes
Real-Time Strategy
Science - Renewable Resources, Alternative Energy

WolfQuest
Mac/Windows
Free
Yes
Third-Person Role-Playing
Science - Ecology
Middle School
Word Raider
Web
$24.00 per year
Yes*
Side-Scrolling Action
Language Arts - Vocabulary
Elementary School (Grades 2-4)
Wuzzit Trouble
iOS/Android
$1.99
No
Puzzles
Mathematics - Arithmetic
Elementary School (Grades 1-3)
Xenos (not currently available)
Web


MMO
Language Arts

You Make Me Sick!
Web
Free
Yes
Interactive Flash
Science - Biology, Infectious Disease
Middle School (Grades 5-9)
Zero Hour: America's Medic
Windows
Free
Yes*
First-Person Role-Playing
Medicine - Emergency Response
Higher Education

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