In today’s computer and video game based world, it isn’t uncommon to find teachers supplementing just about every subject with computer programs to help gain students interest and boost their learning.
~Dig-It! Games is an independent computer game developer committed to creating innovative, interactive, instructional computer games based on historical themes with high-value educational content. It was founded by a professional archaeologist and teacher, and can be used by students from 8 to 88.
For review we received a download of the Dig It! game Roman Town, an interactive archaeological excavation adventure of the Roman town Fossura, which was destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We are led through the adventure by a couple of Roman children, and there are plenty of artifacts and treasures to be discovered and assembled throughout the game. We also learn about the language, culture, society, Roman contribution to art, how their household belongings compare to what we use today, and lots more. Besides accurate historical and cultural facts of Ancient Rome, there is also much to be learned about archaeology itself, the techniques, tools and step-by-step process of excavating artifacts.
*Roman Town retails for $39.99, but with the code TOS2011 you can download the game for 20% off of the 2010 price of $24.95 . This is a great deal for such an awesome learning resource (that makes it only $19.96!!)! Hurry, this offer is only good until Feb. 21st, 2011. There is also a teacher’s edition for classroom settings as well as an Educator’s manual to extend activities in the classroom.
CPU 800 Mhz; RAM 412MB; Hard Drive 350MB
Gunn Ranch Academy Thoughts:
I was excited to receive this review since my 14 year old Morgan has moved into more independent history studies this year. She is currently working through Ancient Rome, so I thought this would fit in perfectly with her studies. Unfortunately it was a bit too basic to be of use to her. While she enjoys some video gaming, her studies are more on a high school level at this point, so she felt this game wasn’t quite a good fit for her level of studies. As far as entertainment value itself, she commented that the graphics and playability are not as interesting as her current preferences.
My 10 year old played the game as well, but, again, it didn’t quite capture her interest or enjoyability as much as I had suspected it would.
I love the concept of this game so much, so I set up an account for myself to check it out. I thought it was a lot of fun, but also felt it wasn’t quite as advanced as some of the other computer programs I’ve used. I can certainly see potential for learning in a lot of families. If I had this game a few years back, I can say without doubt that Morgan would have loved it, as it would have fit her interests and experience level a bit better. I can certainly see Levi engaging interest in the future as well. I would definitely recommend families with elementary to possible middle school age children studying a basic overview of Ancient Rome, archaeology, or many other such topics check out a video demonstration of this fabulous resource. While it wasn’t a great fit for our family, I can definitely see it working for others.
Visit our TOS Homeschool Crew Blog to read what my Crew Mates thought of Roman Town!
*I received this download as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.