5 Educational Video Games You Can Play With The Entire Family

Video games don't have to be mindless entertainment.Now, you can play video games for learning on a tablet, your PC, on your TV or even on a laptop with your kids.Below are some of the truly cool educational video games on the market today:

1. Tropical Fish Shop - This game lets players be the owner of a tropical aquarium shop. You'll have to rescue fish from polluted water, provide the fish with a good home and find a new owner to adopt them. This game teaches children some of the responsibilities of pet ownership as well as a little bit about taking care of the environment and even some financial sense with the business game aspect.

2. Roads of Rome 3 - This is a real time strategy type game that plays a lot like the Civilization series of games which puts you in the role of a Roman emperor trying to defend your culture from being invaded. Even though it's not historically accurate in all details, this game gives kids insights into how cities used to be constructed and defended and, sometimes, even destroyed.

3. The Three Musketeers - The Three Musketeers offers a fun way to get your kids into classic literature. It's packed full of fun, combining puzzles, card games, sword fighting, exploration and even some mystery for a huge package full of different gaming elements that will have them running up and down the country to complete their quest.

4. Secrets of the Vatican - While firmly rooted in the same sort of fantasy as The Da Vinci Code, Secrets of the Vatican also plays off the same actual historical facts as that book and movie, sending players all over the world to pick up pieces of the Holy Lance. The game teaches players a little something about geography, world history and the arts. This is a fun way to encourage a kid's interest in history and culture.

5. Macabre Mysteries- Although it may seem like this game is mere shallow entertainment, it actually pushes those playing to use some critical thinking skills. It challenges players to solve murder mysteries and will paint you into a corner you can't get out of unless you use your brain. Even though it may not be one of those traditionally educational games that teach kids factual information you want them to know like other video games for learning do, this one does teach vital learning habits that they'll definitely need later in life.

These educational video games should serve as evidence enough that video games can be challenging to the brain as well as to the thumbs and the reflexes. This is actually gaming at its best providing real mental challenges as well as being educational on many levels.

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