Have you ever wanted to take a Roman vacation...back in ancient times? Have you ever thought it would be interesting to be part of an archaeological dig, searching for treasures and answers among the rubble of a buried city? Do you have a thirst for learning about ancient cultures and the people who lived long ago?
- I enjoyed the storyline they developed in this game. It got you involved right away with a mystery to solve.
- I probably could have finished this game in one sitting, but I spread it out over several sessions because that is how Mom wanted me to do it. I wish there had been a second "level" or something more because I did find the content interesting. Maybe an excavation in a lower class neighborhood, or a temple would be a good addition. Or both!
- I think that good games need to have four basic elements: good structure, good story, good graphics, and depth (meaning many paths to many outcomes). At least, I think that's what kids who play games look for today. This game has a good story, a good structure, basic graphics, and was pretty linear (limited outcomes, one ending). However, the site does say you can "find something different every time you play," so maybe there are more things to uncover than I found the first time I played. I will have to check that out.
- However, I thought the game was really cool once we watched a video about an archeological dig that was very similar in storyline to this game. It was amazing! I am more interested than ever in learning about Roman culture since I played Roman Town. I am looking forward to our World History studies next year.
- I found the game to be a fun and useful way to get the kids interested in studying Rome. We are actually studying the US this year, so it was a bit out of our curriculum, but the fact that the game is a simulation of an archaeological dig ties in to any historical study. We live near several historic areas and now I will be able to refer to the methods the archaeologists used in this game when we go visit local attractions and talk about their history.
- Roman Town was engaging for the kids, and mimicked a hands-on experience. From digging up coins, to reconstructing a mosaic, from preparing a meal, to playing a game, the Roman Town introduces you to many aspects of Roman life.
- We wound up watching an amazing IMAX on Netflix (it was instant downloadable) about Greece that was almost IDENTICAL to the storyline of the Roman Town game the day after we finished excavating the last room of the fictional Roman town. The kids were amazed and excited to see real archaeologists and to see the same practices they had learned about being lived out on screen. Actually, I am not sure who was more excited, them or me. Anyway, it showed me that the game was definitely a good part of a unit study, whether about archeology in general, ancient times, or Rome specifically. It would definitely be a good "springboard" activity.
- While the graphics were not of the quality Tex expects in a game, they were servicable for the topic that was being addressed. The Three Amigos did not have any issues with the graphics, and really, it is the quality of the information that is being shared that is important, and that is good.
- There is both a public school version of the game for multi-computer use ($299), as well as a downloadable Teacher's Manual ($19.95), for those who might like to use this game in a formal setting. I think it would make a great addition to any history classroom. The difficulty and length of time to complete is perfect for classroom use.
- However, I will be honest and say that the price of $39.95 for individual use seems a bit steep to me. For the same amount, I could buy the Genevieve Foster book on Julius Caesar, a cd-rom of Civilization IV (which includes mention of Rome and famous Romans), AND a bag each of Plaster of Paris and sand so I could make my own physical archaeological dig for my kids in a cardboard box. These would also make good supplemental activities for a unit study on Rome. It kind of makes you think where will your money best be used...? Buying the game is certainly easy, though, and the kids liked it.
- The game runs on PCs using Windows Vista/XP/2000
- You can check out a demo of the product below: