Title: Roman Town

Vendor: Dig It! Games
Target Ages: 8 - 88 years old
Format: CD
Price: $39.95   You can use the coupon code TOS2011 to get Roman Town for $19.96!  This coupon expires on February 21, 2011.  

Do you have a boy who likes to dig in dirt? Have you ever wondered if maybe you had a budding archaeologist on your hands? Now is your chance to hone those skills. Dig-It! Games has created a great computer game that lets students be archaeologists while learning about Roman life.

We received a downloadable version of this game for our review. The prince has wanted to play it ever since! 

In the game, you are invited to go on a dig with the professor. He gives you tools and manpower to dig the site. He marks the dig sites with little flags. As each man finds an artifact, he sends a signal. You click on the signal and use a "click and drag" motion to remove the final layer of dirt. Then, you read an explanation of the item you found.

When you have excavated the entire site, you have to sort it in the lab. You then do various tasks to compare, reconstruct, tour, play and report on your finds. 

The Queen's Assessment:
As I mentioned, the prince loved this "game." tee hee hee I thought the subject matter was going to be over his head, but he stuck right in there and was even explaining some of the artifacts and terminology to Prince Charming the first evening of the review.

The reading was too much for him. Granted, the target audience is 8+ and he is only 7. There were some big words and some knowledge of Latin pronunciation is helpful. I think this would have worked a lot better for us if there were a voice-over in the program to read the text. In the lab portion, where he has to file a report, the text is more of a script font and I think would be hard for most younger children to read.

Just for the record, the princess loved this program too. She would sit right beside the prince and get so excited when he found something.

Other Homeschool Crew Members reviewed this product. Be sure to find out what they thought at The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment. In order to review the product, I received a free trial of the program with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or edited by anyone prior to publishing.

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date Friday, February 4, 2011

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