Top 5 Educational Games on Steam
Educational games have improved by leaps and bounds since I was a kid in the early 2000’s.
Steam threw the PC gaming world into the 21st century with games that you can download with their free software. Steam is for kids ages 13 & up. You must pay for many of the games, but there’s a good selection of free games as well.
Steam has made educational games not only better, but easier to find, browse, and play. Let’s dive in!
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Top 5 Educational Games on Steam
- The Lab– This is a virtual reality-based video game, so strap on your Oculus Riff or HTC Vive headset for this one! The Lab has multiple mini-games for each level. Each level is an “experiment” in which you must fulfill a task. The tasks range from protecting a fortress with a longbow to exploring the solar system in a Neil deGrasse Tyson style. This game is full of fun virtual reality games that are sure to help your kids learn, while also keeping them entertained. The Lab is free on Steam, so get it ASAP! See a demo of The Lab on YouTube.
- Cities Skyline– A new take on an old idea, this game is a simulation of city creation and maintenance. Not only do you build the city, you also run it. You must balance issues like education, water supply, emergency services, healthcare, and economic systems. For an older child, this game will provide a fun way to show them what issues cities often have to deal with. This game is $29.99 ($39.99 for deluxe edition) on Steam. Tutorials are on YouTube.
- Civilization 5– One game that hypes everyone up is Sid Meier’s Civilization. With 6 Civilization games now available, this game is always improving upon the last. Civilization is a board-style strategy game in which you must build cities and armies, create culture, and research science to win the game. You can play as a multitude of countries or cultures including the U.S., Germany, Russia, France, Ancient Greece, The Aztecs, etc. Each culture has unique advantages in the game. This game is great for kids who have decent computer skills! It costs $29.99 on Steam and has tons of DLC available for purchase.
- Universe Sandbox 2– Have you ever wondered what would happen if the earth was swallowed by a black hole? Wonder no more! With Universe Sandbox 2, you can create solar systems and galaxies. You can also destroy planets with asteroids, comets, black holes, and anything else you can think of. This game is relatively advanced in controls, so it would be harder for a younger child to learn, but a 12 or 13-year-old should have no issue figuring this game out. There are also tons of tutorials on YouTube. This game is $24.99 on Steam and has no DLC.
- Kerbal Space Program– My personal favorite of all the games is Kerbal Space Program. I started playing it during the cold months of college (October-April) my freshman year. I love it! This game allows the player to build rockets and space planes to explore a fictitious solar system. The solar system has a few planets and moons, and uses real physics to make you feel like an astronaut. Kerbal Space Program is $39.99. It doesn’t have any DLC, which means you don’t have to spend extra money to have all the cool features and add-ons. Everything is included in the game. Kerbal Space Program is a great game for kids 8 years and older. Tutorials are provided on YouTube.
What are your favorite educational games on Steam? Share them with us in the comments below.
Kaleb Nieman is a college student, entrepreneur, and tech geek. He is going into his senior year at the University of North Dakota, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history. Kaleb owns a startup called Brandstorm Marketing, which manages social media and content curation for businesses. He loves technology and gaming, and spends his free time researching tech and gaming on his self-built PC. Upon graduation, Kaleb hopes to take Brandstorm to the next level by making it a large social media management agency located in Peoria, Illinois.