The Best Educational Video Games

Video games have and continue to be a huge part of people’s lives, young and old. From console and PC gaming, to gaming on mobiles and handhelds and even right through to playing slot and video games at online casinos. Gaming is the world’s biggest form of entertainment, but some of us forget that there are actual games out there which can be used in the academic world and help educate students. It would seem to be the perfect way of educating our young minds, by combining fun and technology to produce educational video games.

Let’s take a look at some of the best educational video games out on the market right now:


Scribblenauts is a game that really puts a lot into making the player think. The game’s hero is called Maxwell and he basically needs help completing quests. It’s an award winning word-based adventure, where players must complete levels by applying logic and their problem solving skills. It’s emergent game play at its very best, as the player’s decisions impact just how difficult the levels of the game will be. There really are endless possibilities that sees all sorts of gaming experiences take place.


Civilisation is a game series that has been around since 1991 and in some ways it’s educational for the player. This is because to be successful the player must make the right decisions and this means they have to consider a number of different things. The resources that are accumulated and the different things that can be built using some of them have to be properly thought out every time. It’s a game where you have to think on your feet, apply logic and problem solving skills.

Endless Ocean

The ocean and everything contained in it makes up a huge part of the planet, and what better way to learn about it than playing a game at the same time? With Endless Ocean players get the chance to learn in a fun way by interacting with the plants and animals that live in the ocean. There are different characters to use, all of whom are very interesting and there’s also treasure to collect along the way as well as caves, shipwrecks and trenches to explore.

Professor Layton Series

The Professor Layton series is packed full of puzzles but don’t let that fool you into thinking that this game isn’t fun. There are characters to meet and a hugely immersive storyline too. This helps to make the problem solving, the puzzles, the games that need logic and everything else that is packed into a marvellous educational video game even more enjoyable. Helping Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke in their exciting mysteries really is fun, and award winning from an educational point of view too.

Big Brain Academy

Most people will have already heard of the Big Brain Academy game series. It’s one of the best when it comes to educational video games and it suitable for people of all ages. It’s a challenge that is fun but the games are well thought out and there’s a great progression system encouraging daily play. Players need to think, memorise, analyse, compute and identify in order to improve their skills and it all comes down to that all important brain weight. It gets heavier as players get better at the game.

Who would have ever thought that video games would be so versatile and such a powerful and essential part of our everyday lives. There is no doubt that technology has been essential part of the development of the video game business. What is really amazing is how much they have become part of our lives. It is not strange for video games to be introduced to us as soon as we can pretty much press a button. We find them a useful learning tool for toddlers or a playful distraction, fun to play as Sega and Sony will tell you; and as adults we continue to be intrigued by them as we play video slot games on online casino sites like Unibet.

So it is safe to say that as technology advances, there is no doubt that video games will become even more entrenched in our lives; and it is predicted they will be very much suited to help stimulate and inspire our minds, especially in terms of learning and education.

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