The Discovery Channel has always been known for educating the masses. Now, you can have fun while doing it. It may not sound very educational to play a game, but Discovery has changed that. The interactive section of the games area may not be a rival for PS3 or the Wii, but they are fun and some are very addicting. There are several different games available for all different types of people. The interactive site is great for research and fact finding for many different topics. You can create your own natural disaster, explore uncharted territories, or witness prehistoric animals. The Discovery Channel’s interactive games are a great learning tool. There are so many to choose from that there is bound to be something for everyone. Here are my top five favorites, but all of them are worth trying.
#1- Digital Footprint
Based on the show Koppel on Discovery, this game is very addicting. It rates the amount of personal information that you leave behind on a typical day. Trying to get a low score takes a little bit of thought and maneuvering. You answer a series of “what would you do?” questions based on an average day. I was only able to get as low as three on this game. How will you fare?
You can think it’s similar to Situs Poker online too. After all, you’d think of what to do next while playing poker. You can’t go wrong or else you’d lose.
#2- Virtual Volcano
This interesting game is based on the show Pompeii: the Last Day. It teaches you about different volcanic conditions and what they can cause. The fun part of this game is that you get to create your own volcano by choosing different conditions. You can change the amount of pressure and gasses to create a volcano. Once you build your volcano, it will tell you where that volcano type is currently located and its activity levels. You can then make your volcano erupt. As it erupts, you are given a “play-by-play” of what is happening at each stage of the eruption. This is a great way to learn about the different stages of volcanoes, their locations, and what happens during an eruption.
#3- Bismarck’s Final Days
Based on Bismarck: the Final Days, this game is more of a walk through that examines the fateful events behind the sinking of the Bismarck. It outlines the mistakes and encounters that led to the massive destroyer’s demise. There are some pretty cool videos that accompany this game as it tells the story. There are many facts and occurrences that I had not previously known in this incident. There is not a lot of game playing to this one, but it is still worth a gander.
#4- Dinosaur Viewer
This is a great way to learn about dinosaurs. Based on Dinosaur Planet, this little game allows you to actually see some of these creatures. You can compare them to humans in size and posture, rotate the dinosaurs in a complete circle to see them from all angles, and even see how they walk and move around. This is a great tool for anyone that is a little curious about these reptiles of days gone by. You can really see, in detail, how these beasts lived.
#5- Virtual Earth or EarthLive
This is a very interesting tool based on the show Discovery Earth. With this interactive globe, you can choose from just about any of the weather terms, patterns, natural occurrences, or disasters. This will walk you through each of these items and explain them in detail. There is a fully rotating globe that you can use to travel anywhere in the world and view the effects of climate change. The topics range from everyday weather patterns and occurrences to devastating natural disasters. You can easily view the effects and circumstances behind them all. As you load the videos in the bottom toolbar, the globe comes to life to display what is actually happening to the world around us.
This is just a small sampling of games. There are many more on the website. There is something for everyone. From prehistoric to futuristic, you can always learn a little something with Discovery Channel.