The ClarkChart has been hailed as the IMDB of the Educational Simulation and Serious Game Industry. Created by renowned serious games pioneer and award winner author Clark Aldrich, the website is the fastest growing database of educational sims and serious games available on the market.
The purpose of the ClarkChart is to provide a platform where serious game buyers and sellers can connect and possibly collaborate. The games are organized by subject or by developer, making the database easily accessible for all. Here is a list of 10 new and noteworthy serious games as listed in the Clark Chart.
Data Dealer is an online game designed to raise awareness about online privacy in today’s digital age where virtually everything we do is recorded, monitored or tracked in some way. Players take on the role of unscrupulous “data dealers”, collect personal data all over the Internet, and learn how to turn this information into cash, legally or illegally. The game is full of irony and gleeful sarcasm, and as players progress and grow their data empires, they face many challenges from hackers, complaining citizens, critical media and pesky privacy activists.
Ludwig is a physics adventure game that teaches players 11 years and up about renewable energy. Set in 2098, the story centers on Ludwig, a research robot who crashes on earth and must find new energy sources in order to return to his home planet. The game is divided into four themed worlds; Combustion, Water, Wind and Solar, each containing energy focused quests and learning experiences. For teachers, there is accompanying material such as teaching outlines and didactic concepts with different levels of complexity and time required.
Quandary is a free online game that engages students in ethical decision-making and helps them develop skills to deal with challenging situations in their own lives. The game encourages players to think ethically as they lead a human colony struggling for survival on fictional planet Braxos. The game is mapped to the Common Core Standards and teachers can access resources such as a teachers guide, classroom implementation video, lesson plans and worksheets.
Code Racer is a multi-player live coding game that teaches newbies how to code a basic website using HTML and CSS, and tests intermediate and advanced users on their coding speed and agility. Players race against each other and the clock to complete coding challenges, unlocking weapons and rewards along the way. Even if someone has zero experience with building websites, they’ll be able to watch a video tutorial and complete the code challenges that will give them the basic skills to launch a web site.
Time Mesh is an educational point-and-click adventure game based on real historical events. There are currently three different but interrelated geographical scenarios in development. Students will assume the role of a character sent back in time to become directly involved in a historical evolution. Time Mesh is targeted at 11-15 years old but anyone can play it.
Playing History is a series of games that allows players to experience historically significant and interesting time periods. In Episode I – “The Plague” you embark on an exciting mission in 14th century Florence where your mother has fallen ill and the destiny of your family lies in your hands. In Episode II – “The Slave Trade”, you travel back to the 18th century and experience the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. The last game, Episode III – “The Vikings” is still in development. There is a teacher manual, student assignments and topic overview documents to help teachers integrate the game into their classroom.
Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to present mathematics in a different way to grades 6, 7 and 8. The collection includes six animations and five games; Game Over Gopher, Monster School Bus, Pearl Diver, Ratio Rumble and Gate. Each of the six Math Snacks animations comes with teacher and learner guides, as well as a video of a model lesson showing a teacher using all of the materials. The games also have teacher guides. All Math Snacks are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and address the CCSSM Mathematical Practices when used as recommended.
Re-Mission 2 is a collection of free online games that puts players inside a body to defeat cancer, using weapons like chemotherapy, antibiotics and the body’s immune cells. The action parallels real-world medical treatments used to fight cancer. Based on scientific research, the games provide cancer support by giving players a sense of power and control and encouraging treatment adherence.
SpaceChem is a design-based puzzle game about building machines and fighting monsters in the name of science. Players take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. The game involves constructing elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products. The player must streamline their designs to meet production quotas and survive encounters with the sinister threats that plague SpaceChem.
Crystal Island: Lost Investigation is a mystery game in which students play the role of a science detective and interact with characters to learn about microbiology and improve middle grade literacy. The game brings together important STEM skills with the ability to interpret complex text, including technical, connotative, and figurative meanings. In Crystal Island, the story is focused on an epidemic that has struck a team of researchers stationed on a remote tropical island. The student’s objective is to identify the spreading illness, recover scattered pieces of another scientist’s notes, and recommend a treatment plan.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.