Summer time in Nigeria is most exciting for children and young adults as they get 6 weeks minimum off school. While the period is a delight for the children as they expect to get ample time for video games, relaxation and frolicking, it could pose a huge problem for the busy parents who do not have same luxury with time. Rather than leave the wards to their vices, it is important that their minds are engaged in active learning as six weeks is quite a long time…and what better way to merge learning and fun than presenting them with educational video games?
If you are making a list of educational video games to engage the mind of any child or young adult, Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has picked out the top 3 for your list.
The best-selling PC game to date with over 70 million copies sold – including 20 million on desktop and 20 million between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Mine craft is the perfect game for honing cognitive and creative skills. Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game where players mine and craft materials they can then use to build whatever they can conjure up with their imagination. Suitable for all ages, it is designed such that players are enabled to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Young gamers enjoy the ease of placing cubes in a world that feels alive with animals and the intermittent “creeper,” while adults love to explore the game’s seemingly limitless scale by fashioning vast worlds with the help of other players on the multiplayer servers.
Only the most determined and devoted Minecraft player ever gets to the point of fabricating their own “mods” for the game. The vanilla version however is a great way for people to be creative and plan their own storyline in a world with just a few simple rules.
Stylized as ‘RŌBLOX’ and a leader in user-generated creation, Roblox is a massive multiplayer online game created for children and young adults between the ages of 8 to 18. The game is structure as the traditional video games that are common to gamers. It presents a virtual playground and toolbox that lets any player create their own game, publish and share it with the millions of players on the platform as other members all allowed to enter the player’s virtual world and socialize within the blocks of varying shapes, sizes, and colors.
The game’s creation environment – ROBLOX Studio, enables players to do everything from building an immersive 3D world with blocks and models shared by the community, to wiring up a physically simulated mechanism, and coding a hardcore game with an opportunity to even earn some money off its success.
No matter how advanced a player is, ROBLOX creates a positive, social, and creative environment for people to learn by doing. The game is available for Microsoft Windows,Mac OS X, iPad 2+,iPhone 4+,iPod touch 5th generation and Android .
A game creation video game built mainly for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, Project Spark is a powerful playground for creativity as it a hands the player digital canvas with which he/she can use to make games, movies as well as create other experiences. The game is stocked with an archive of assets that players can manipulate with a logic system to create their own gameplay, and world-building tools to design 3D environments spanning multiple styles. Players can even also download other user-generated content, remix that content or create content of their own. Ultimately interactive, Project Sparks allows players to publish their unique creation to a community games hub let other Spark players experience it. It is distributed as a free digital download with many options for improving your creative capabilities.