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We're pleased to annnounce two new games about American history!

Building Detroit
Detroit Historical Society
Detroit, Michigan


One Family. Five Generations. Countless ways to build a city.

Building Detroit feature three ways to explore Detroit history, through a game, interactive timeline, and in-depth curriculum. In the game, players start as French immigrants in 1750 and try to make a living as farmers in the semi-feudal economy of New France. Subsequent levels span 150 years of Detroit history as the city grows into a major industrial center. In each level, players take on the role of one of their children from the previous level, deciding who to marry, how to raise their children, and what job to do, based on the career choices of that time period. Every decision has consequences, giving players a lasting memory of what it might have been like to have lived in the historic times that shaped Detroit.

Complementing and extending the game are two other features of the website: an in-depth timeline of Detroit history and a 3rd & 4th grade curriculum. Alongside the game is an interactive timeline, which provides a wealth of historical data coupled with relevant primary sources, and a third and fourth-grade curriculum, which encourages students to interact, synthesize and think critically about history.

Go to Building Detroit


A Sailor's Life for Me! iPad Edition
Sailor's Life game on iPad
USS Constitution Museum
Boston, Massachusetts

Prepare to set sail on a seafaring adventure — on your iPad!

We've adapted our award-winning online game about Old Ironsides to the iPad (which was something of an adventure in itself!). Live the life of a young sailor aboard USS Constitution during the War of 1812. Haul on lines, vanquish varmints, and steer the ship through dangerous waters. Spend your evenings telling tall tales to your messmates. Do a good job and eventually you'll captain your own gun crew in battle!

Go to the iPad Game or the online game




Stay tuned! We've got more great games and learning interactives in the works — on the War of 1812, asteroid impacts, and galaxies — in the works for this spring and summer! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook — to get the latest news and sneak peaks at upcoming projects.