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Time Riders in American History
 
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As the very name of the producer of the game implies, the target group for their products are people wanting/needing to learn. The products would therefore fit perfectly in the edutainment genre (if Abandonia had a separate section for such games).

This time you are going to learn (or more likely just brush up on the facts you already know – even if you’re not American and US history isn’t your major interest) about some of the most important events in American history.

The premise of the game is very simple. The evil Dread has started broadcasting false information about major historic events of the US history and it’s up to the Time Riders to put a stop to it (by broadcasting correct information).

You will need to do three things in order to broadcast the correct information. You will need to select the correct year of the event that was falsely presented by Dread, you will have to locate the place where the event took place and you will need to select the person involved in the event. For instance you will need to go back to Boston in the year of 1770 and state that Paul Revere engraved the Boston massacre at the time. Don’t worry, if you’re paying attention you can’t get it wrong.

The game features high quality graphics, but only basic sounds and the background melody is somewhat weak. The game is entirely mouse controlled. The technical aspects of the game are really well done, but the gameplay is well… how should I put it… they’re just, err…, childish! I guess that has something to do with the target population this game is aimed at (probably children aged between 5 and 8).

Still I gave it a high mark and I do feel I need to justify it. As a teacher of history I see a lot of good this game can do in popularization of history itself (even if in this case only US history). Still this game could be quite a useful tool for teaching parts of history. People should have at least a vague idea when and where some important events involving well know historical figures took place. And who knows, maybe even people who think they know history can learn some background trivia.


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