Friday, December 10, 2010

When I think of digging in the dirt boys always come to mind. Having grown up with only sisters we really didn’t get to do a lot of digging or playing in the dirt. But I have a niece who is a girly girl, but who also loves to get out there in the dirt with the boys as well. She collects bugs and animals and has absolutely no problem touching a dead insect. 

So when I received this new computer game by Dig It entitled Roman Town, I immediately thought of her. Roman Town: The Premiere Archaeology Game for Kids, from Dig-It! Games, is a CD-ROM game for Windows based computers and is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista. I decided to have my niece be the guest of honor at this party and I told her to invite ten of her inquisitive friends who also liked to learn. I was provided with a party kit which included the game, cool Dig It knit caps, plastic water bottles and coupons for everyone to get their very own copy of the game. 

Roman Town: The Premiere Archaeology Game For Kids is an award-winning video game that provides kids with an entertaining way to learn about archeology and ancient Rome. The game utilizes 3D rendered graphics of authentic artifacts, Roman buildings and a realistic excavation site and teaches kids through interactive activities and fun games.

The game’s story follows the excavation of an ancient Roman town, called Fossura that was destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Players will embark on a virtual archaeological dig of the town that leads to the unearthing of what every-day life was like for the town’s ancient inhabitants. One of the coolest features is the ability to explore the buildings of Fossura, which are littered with artifacts like coins, pottery, bones and paintings.

Archeology is the study of past human societies, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data which they have left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes. Because archaeology employs a wide range of different procedures, it can be considered to be both a science and a humanity,[1] and in the United States it is thought of as a branch of anthropology, although in Europe it is viewed as a separate discipline.

Archaeology studies human history from the development of the first stone tools in eastern Africa 3.4 million years ago up until recent decades. It is of most importance for learning about prehistoric societies, when there are no written records for historians to study, and which makes up over 99% of total human history, from the Palaeolithic until the advent of literacy in any given society. Archaeology has various different goals, which range from studying human evolution to cultural evolution and understanding culture history.

The discipline involves surveyance, excavation and eventually analysis of data collected in order to learn more about the past. In broad scope, archaeology relies on cross-disciplinary research. It draws upon anthropology, history, art history, classics, ethnology, geography, geology, linguistics, physics, information sciences, chemistry, statistics, paleoecology, paleontology, paleozoology, paleoethnobotany, and paleobotany.

During the dig, the participant’s skills are tested in areas such as memory, analytical thinking, logic and problem solving. Puzzles taken in the lab, allow players to see how much they’ve learned using L.E.A.R.N (Locate Engrossing and Remarkable Knowledge).

My niece’s friends ranged in age from 8-10. The game was easy for them to grasp and get the feel for and they didn’t feel like someone was trying to teach them a lesson. Since all the children couldn’t be on the computer at the same time, the ones who were waiting had the chance to enjoy playing word search and word scramble games. They were also able to enjoy some archeology themed snacks and drinks, like mummy wraps and fossil juice, which they thought were cool. I heard one of her friends ask his mother if they could maybe go on vacation there so he could help dig up some artifacts. I was pleased to see their enthusiasm towards this educational game, as were the other parents. I must admit however, except for my niece, the boys who attended the party seemed to be a bit more interested than the girls were in seeing what they could find next. Each parent was happy to go home with a Dig It beanie, a water bottle and a certificate for their very own copy of the game.

***I received the above items from the sponsor and mommy parties, to accommodate my review and party. The opinions expressed are those of myself, and party guests and have not been influenced.