There is no doubt that the gaming industry is huge, but with sales of $18.58 billion last year the industry overall is down 5% on 2009 figures. One of the theories behind the drop is the huge bloom of online and mobile games that are taking away customer focus.
Consumers are choosing to play simpler more casual games and this is a growing trend with children and students also. Popularity of mobile and web gaming is growing massively and there is now more choice than ever. Here is a list of the five most popular educational games for school being played through web browsers around the world.
Top 5 Online Games For School
Fans of games like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope will enjoy the physics based puzzles of “Cargo Bridge”. Charged with building bridges to help your workers get cargo back to base, the game is a treat for any aspiring engineers. Using applied physics and enginutiy, students will really enjoy playing as well as gaining an understanding for laws of force and gravity.
Not as animated or graphically advanced as other games for school, Little Alchemy is still totally addictive. Following a very simple concept, students are given four base elements (water, fire, earth, air) with which to create new ones. For example, water + fire gives you the new element of steam. Yes, sounds simple, but you just keep wanting to see what else can be made.
Word2 could be described as super, hyper, mega scrabble. With a board so large it requires a map, students are challenged to create words with letters in their deck. There is the option to login and play against friends that gives the game a distinct social element. On top of this students are given achievement awards as they progress and improve their scores.
Who doesn’t love game-shows? Planeto Quiz gives your students the opportunity to be on their own quiz show, playing against friends and others all over the world. Just like a real quiz show, their are a variety of question on Geography, Personalities, Science, etc and also fun games like guess the face, quiz race and more. Tens,e but a whole lot of fun.
Qbox – Wisdom Of The Ages
Another word game, Qbox is a bit different to your standard literary challenge. Students are given a phrase from either ‘old times’, ‘middle ages’ or ‘modern times’ where all the letters are mixed up. The task is then re-arrange letters in each column to complete the quote. A lot of fun, Qbox challenges both word skills and general knowledge.
What games for school do your students enjoy? Drop a comment and we can grow this list.
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