Plague Inc Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Plague Inc RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network PC games for the classroom Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:03:52 -0400 Clint Pereira

Educational games are a huge market, but they have always been a bit on the boring side. Not to say that there aren’t a lot of fun educational games out there. A lot of the best educational games fly under the radar.

Here are a few games available for purchase and download that are both fun and educational. Feel free to browse or click on your preferred subject below.

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Math
  • Science: Biology
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Science: Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Tech Ed.



Elegy for a Dead World

Write the story of a world as you explore it. Great for students who are strong in visual/spatial learning.

To Be or Not To Be

A choose-your-own-adventure parody of Hamlet. Yorick skulls mark the way Shakespeare intended in his original play, and the Haml-o-meter shows you how close you were to the original story... or not. The game encourages you to choose your own path and congratulates you for writing a better story than Shakespeare if you stray from the canon tale. It's a little like Hamlet fanfiction.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Players are given a task and have to write whatever they think will solve the problem. Anything you write will come to life inside the game. Encourages a large vocabulary and creative problem solving.



Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

The classic sleuthing adventure has been adapted into a Facebook game. Aside from actually travelling to the different countries, there's no better way to learn geography than to track down the criminal mastermind herself. Carmen Sandiego Returns is also available for Windows 8. 



Crusader Kings II

Though there are many historical strategy games out there (a good percentage developed by Paradox), Crusader Kings II is one of the rare few that goes deep into cultural history, discussing not only historical figures and events but also inheritance laws, religious influence, and a hierarchy of titles that varies by country.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

In-game collectibles unlock encyclopedia entries and act as a sort of virtual museum for World War I. The contextual information adds to the immersiveness and heartbreak of this story based on a tragic conflict.




Influent is a simple game where you walk around a house and find the items being asked for in the language of choice. There are 16 language packs and counting. Recommended for beginning learners.



The Counting Kingdom

Be a mathemagician! This puzzle defense game requires players to solve problems quickly if they want to defend their castle from harm. Filament Games also offers student accounts and a curriculum for teachers. 

Number Munchers

I'm including this game out of nostalgia, though I can only find it available on the iPhone and iPad. A classic educational game with simple mechanics. Eat all the numbers that fit the given formula while avoiding other monsters that are out to eat you!


Science: Biology

Plague Inc: Evolved

Your goal? Kill everyone in the world. But it's not as violent as it sounds.

In Plague Inc: Evolved, you view a map of the world and try to evolve a virus so that it can travel across species or in frigid environments, causing an ever-growing number of symptoms. An interesting study in environmental adaptation and how epidemics grow and spread.

Crazy Plant Shop

Use punnett squares to blend plant genetics together and make new kinds of plants to sell to customers. A fun way to learn genetics, a subject that is widely considered one of the most difficult parts of biology 101. Filament Games also offers student accounts and a curriculum for teachers.

While may seem like a dumb distraction, this game contains the building blocks of natural selection. Tactics include hiding in brambles to avoid large predators, riding underneath a larger blob’s belly for protection, traveling in a herd to avoid complete decimation, and then just simply being the biggest blob at the top of the food chain. You might want to turn on the "no names" setting to avoid any bad language.


Science: Chemistry


According to the Sokobond trailer, “it's the best chemistry-themed 2D indie puzzle game where you're trying to make molecules… since SpaceChem.” At the completion of each puzzle, the game provides information about each molecule formed.


Science: Physics

Universe Sandbox

Mess around with the universe and see how physics works on a truly astronomical scale. Universe Sandbox 2 is currently available in alpha.

Kerbal Space Program

A space flight simulator with adorable green men who talk like Minions. Gameplay includes floating through space, achieving orbit, and safely landing your spacecraft.

Portal 2

Use portals to mess with both gravity and reality. There's also a level editor. Visit for lesson plan information.


Feel all the inertia with none of the drag. Learn about Newton’s laws of motion as you try to stabilize yourself. Learn about the laws of conservation as you spit out all your energy trying to move faster.


Social Studies

SimCity 4

Learn about government, taxes, and the importance of infrastructure.

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

Created by indigenous-owned developer Upper One Games, Never Alone is a quiet and beautiful platformer exploring the culture and mythology of the Iñupiaq, an Alaskan Inuit people.

During the game, the player collects “Cultural Insights”, which are educational videos prompted by contextual events. For example, after encountering the arctic fox in the game, a video is unlocked teaching the player about arctic foxes. When a cold gust of wind blows, a video is unlocked about Iñupiaq clothing.


Tech Ed.

Poly Bridge

A physics simulator about building bridges. Includes a steady learning curve that teaches the basics of construction.

The Incredible Machine

Another classic. Essentially, a Rube Goldberg machine simulator. Players complete challenges or use the level editor to discover cause-and-effect relationships.


Minecraft is, at its core, all about exploration and procedural learning. Given its popularity, though, the community has created working calculators and replicas of entire cities with the game. Teachers, too, have come up with such services as MinecraftEdu and Club Minecraft.

What other educational games can you think of? Share with us in the comments!

Plague Inc: Evolved (PC) First Impressions. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:54:11 -0500 Cosmic Engine

You may be saying to yourself "hey I've seen this game before" and you would be correct in that assumption. Plague Inc was originally an iOS and android game and has now come to PC via Steam early access. Now you no doubt know what the game is all about so the purpose of this video and article is to inform you whether it's worth your hard-earned cash.


Created by one-man developer Ndemic Creations and released originally for mobile devices in 2012. Plague Inc went on to be the 15th most downloaded paid iPhone game of 2012 in the U.S. In March 2013, the game went on to win multiple categories of the Pocket Gamer Awards, including Overall Game of the Year.


The game itself is a plague simulator, the object of the game being to infect and kill the entire world's population. Once you have selected what type of plague your going to use, be it bacteria, parasite or a myriad of other options. You then go on to select where your plague will start by selecting a country of your choice. Throughout the lifespan of your plague you can evolve it, not only increasing its infectiousness but also lethality. You accomplish this by purchasing various so called evolutions with DNA points. DNA points are earned naturally by the plague spreading but also by clicking the DNA and infection bubbles that pop up on the world map as the plague spreads.



The object of the game being to infect and kill the entire world's population.


As your plague spreads and starts causing fatalities, authorities will start to take notice. At a certain point scientists will begin to research a cure for your plague and then the race begins to see if you can kill the populace before a cure is developed. You can hamper the cure research progress by popping the research bubbles on the main map and by also purchasing evolutions that hamper research development.


I really enjoying Plague inc on my iOS device last year, I thought it was a fun little title that had some replayablity but it certainly was not a core game. So it begs the question is this title worth $15 of your hard earned cash? And before the complainers out there say, well you can't critique an early access title, I'll say this, if your asking money for a product, I'm damn well going to find out if it's worth the money for people or not.



In its current state on early access it is not worth your money, especially since only the main game (which I might add is the same version as the mobile game) is available. Why spend $15 on something that you can pick up for less the $3 on your mobile device. That being said there are some new features coming to the game like multiplayer, speed run mode and scenarios but even then will it be worth it?

Why spend $15  on something that you can pick up for less the $3 on your mobile device.


For me personally, to make the $15 really worth it, this game will have to produce a great multiplayer experience. The multiplayer needs to add what the single player experience lacks, replayability. While the cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes do sound like fun, I do doubt it will hold people for long. I think the single player could have done will some rework too, if it was me, I would have added some micro gameplay elements in there to add to the experience.


Everything in the game is on the macro level, I would have added in some new levels. For example like in the game Spore where you start of as a cell and as you grow the level gets bigger, what you could have done here is start of in a town of a country, the aim would be first to spread your plague across the country, then the game would go onto the world level.

In its current state on early access it is not worth your money.


I really feel that small changes like the addition of levels would have really added to the game and make spending $15 for what is essentially a mobile game, a more justifiable purchase. I'm not saying that Plague inc is a bad game, on the contrary its a very fun, if not superficial simulator. I simply feel that in its current state it is not worth $15 of your money, once the additional features are added (especially the multiplayer) it may be worth another look. But for the time being, I'd wait either until full release or if your just interested in the single player, pick it up on your mobile device. 

Need to Feel In Charge for Once? Try Plague Inc. Tue, 07 May 2013 17:45:23 -0400 MirandaCB

Strategy isn't my middle name, but that doesn't mean I don’t enjoy them. I found Plague Inc. today from Ndemic Creations and I’m currently playing it as I write.

What It’s All About

The premise of Plague Inc. is to exterminate the world with a pathogen, beginning with bacteria. You choose a country to infect first, then use DNA points to evolve your little bacterial buddy. The way you evolve your plague determines how fast it spreads, where and how it can thrive, the symptoms it possesses and the lethality of it.

Gradually the country you've chosen becomes overrun with red dots, or “Infected.” As the infection spreads, you pop red bubbles with the bio-hazard symbol that indicate where the bacteria has spread. The orange bubbles that come up are DNA points you can snag for evolution. Eventually countries begin developing and spreading cures, which are indicated by the blue beaker bubbles that you need to destroy to keep your plague going.

Periodically tips pop up either to direct you in the game or to give news updates. The news headlines are sometimes silly, but eventually start expanding on how countries are dealing with your disease. Countries can either shut down borders and airports to prevent the continuous spread once the disease hits a certain danger level.

Things to Consider

The game is free, but there are several opportunities for in-game purchases. You may also upgrade for $1.06, which I may actually do. The full game allows you to fast-forward and speed up your progress, and unlocks other plague customizations. Any other in-game purchases after that are up to you, but I’ll admit that they are a bit excessive.

Plague Inc. is extremely morbid but has that thrill of being all-powerful and in control. However, if you’re playing the free version, you’re liking going to get frustrated with attempting to unlock the pathogens above bacteria, like virus or fungus, unless you outright buy them. You may also get frustrated with how tenacious the countries developing cures tend to be.

If you enjoy strategy and omnipotent power, you’ll enjoy this infection simulation—I highly recommend it.  It’s available for Android and iOS and can be purchased at the Google Play Store or the App Store here