Far from it.
Here be the thread for everyone's favorite games that taught you a thing or two.
The way I see it, Carmen Sandiego was the grandmammy of great educational games - challenging, informative, difficult and addictive, that even adults could be challenged by (at least before remakes and sequels dumbed it down). I also have fond memories of the Mathematic MegamanMath Blaster series.
edited 30th Aug '11 5:27:50 PM by KnownUnknown
"The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense."
- Tom Clancy, paraphrasing Mark Twain.
Seconding the love for Zoombinis.
Except the third one. That one sucked.
Anyone else here played the Cluefinders series? Those were also pretty awesome.
...Now you guys are making me nostalgic and wanting to play games for which I have lost the disc.
edited 30th Aug '11 7:38:47 PM by dmboogie
"The world ends with you. If you want to enjoy life, expand your world. You gotta push your horizons out as far as they'll go."
Does Kid Pix count? When I was in Elementary School, I loved playing this zany art program when they let us on the computers. I can't tell you how happy I was years ago when I was told that I actually had an older version of it. The dark blue iBook G3 I have came with a bit of a newer version of it as it use to belong to school, which also made me extremely happy. I loved it so much that a few years back I bought one of the newest versions of it. Still love that program to this day.
Creatures. Not strictly educational, but if you bother to look into the information about chemistry it provides you with, you can actually learn a few things about real-world biochemistry. I know what ATP is because of Creatures!
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
Aside from Oregon Trail, Math Blaster and...I'm pretty sure it was called Treasure Mountain were my go-to games.
And Nanosaur, but I don't think that was educational — it was just accidentally preinstalled on the iMacs in second grade and no one in the class ever wanted to get rid of it.
The blind man walking off the cliff is not making a leap of faith.
Haven't played Jumpstart in years, (Last time I played it was when I still had my Windows 95 computer with me), but I remember it being pretty damn good for an educational game. I have blurry memories of Zoombinis as I haven't played that in years either, but from what I played of it on Windows 95, it was pretty good.
Are you referring to I.M. Meen?
edited 31st Aug '11 12:31:17 AM by HappyComputerist
Oregon Trail is hilariously bloodthirsty in ways that you can't get away with in games with more detailed graphics. Sorry, little Bobby, but your family died of pneumonia and/or drowned in the river while you were off skinning that bear carcass, better luck next time.
Personally I'm very fond of Bookworm Adventures, even nabbed 'em on Steam for a nice cheap price. There is no battle system, no matter how educational, that you cannot make fun by nailing it to an rpg level up design. Although they also reminded me how dreadfully inferior I am at finding word patterns, somehow, despite the fact that I'm pretty good at spelling words!
Furthermore, I think Guantanamo must be destroyed.
I also barely remember playing a few games with the Fisher-Price brand on it, forgot their names. I vaguely remember pirate ships and cars you can decorate and print.
Also I remember playing some kind of interactive dictionary from DK. Wow, nostalgia.