Sokobond  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Sokobond  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!

Notch and Other Notables from Ludum Dare 28 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:52:43 -0500 Amanda Wallace

The Ludum Dare is a 48 hour game jam held three times a year -- once in April, August and December. The jam and its accompanying competition started in 2002, though it gained more notoriety in 2011 due to the participation of Notch, designer of Minecraft

In the week preceding the jam, participants vote on which theme they'd like to work with. This years theme was "You Only Get One," and won out over other options like "Bieber 4ever" and "No Kill." Particpants are divided into two groups "jam" and "compo." Compo developers work alone, have 48 hours and must produce all of the content in their game, while jam participants can work in groups, have a day more to work on their project and can create 

There were many different games made by developers with a variety of skills, and right now all of them are featured on the Ludum Dare site. For the next three weeks, contestants will vote on their favorite games to see who "wins." 

Here are some of the stand outs from this Ludum Dare 28. 

Note: Some of these games will require downloads of executable files and some of them will require Unity Web Player. I have yet to encounter any malicious files on the Ludum Dare site. 

You Only Get One Wish: Calciumtrice 

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Twine games, but this is a game that is a combination of being rather lovely to look at and quite funny. For those unfamiliar with Twine, it's a text-based interactive fiction creator. 

There are ten possible endings (I went with bendy straw) and it was one of the better written Twine games in the compo. 

You can play it on the web here at the Ludum Dare website

System Control: conormn 

"System Control" was one of the first games to catch my eye. Not only is it incredibly polished, but it manages to play up the "you only get one" theme in a really smart way. In this game, you only get one test subject and you have to keep them alive by controlling their heart, lungs and digestion. 

I never managed to keep my test subject alive, but the game has a lot of polish for 48 hours and is quite a bit of fun. 

You can play the game at the Ludum Dare website here

You Only Get 1!: Danman9914

If you're a fan of the insanity of Japanese game shows, then this fun little game is just the right fit. You have to choose an object that will complete all three tasks, but in the spirit of the theme, you can only pick one object. 

What makes this game really fantastic is the way the developer really captured the Japanese game show spirit, and the announcers expressions are fantastic. 

You can play this game on the web at the Ludum Dare website

1-2-3-Ban : Draknek

This game is by Alan Hazelden, the creator of the Pax 10 chemistry puzzle game Sokobond. This jam game is a fantastic puzzler with a domino style match mechanic. 

It's a bit short, but it's so well done and simple that it makes you keep thinking through the puzzles until you have gotten all of them right. 

You can play this web game at the Ludum Dare website


"Cor" is a beautiful, sad gloomy game that absolutely captures a mood and holds onto it. It's experimental, but the mechanics really work with what the game is trying to capture. 

You can play the game on the Ludum Dare site, though you will need to download it. 

Smooth Operator: pjchardt

"Smooth Operator" is a 2D fighting game where you have three moves, but you can only use these moves once. With a mechanic that sort of reminds me of the school yard strategies of Rock, Paper, Scissors, you have to make sure you land your blow before your opponent does, or everyone dies. 

The game has some cartoon gore, but that is part of its pulpy charm. 

You can play the web version here, or download it on Mac, Linux or Windows at the Ludum Dare site. 

Alone/Awake: PaperBlurt 

 A fantastic, thoughtful piece of IF featuring animations, Alone/Awake is the type of experimental game that often thrives in a Ludum Dare environment. A seriously great game to check you. 

You can play it here at the Ludum Dare website

Last Minute Christmas Chopping: Notch

No Ludum Dare list would be complete without a nod to the Minecraft developer. "Last Minute Christmas Chopping" is a Christmas themed game about chopping down trees so that Santa can create presents in time to give them to all the little boys and girls. 

The game is mindlessly fun, and you can play it on the Ludum Dare website


What do you think? What are your favorite games from the Ludum Dare?