As summer draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to a new school year. Diving back into academics isn’t just about new school supplies and class schedules—it’s also important to dust off the cobwebs of what you learned the year before so you can hit the ground running. Instead of pulling out old flashcards, here are some of the best games available with a Ubisoft+ subscription to help you get ready to go back to school in a fun and immersive way.
Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tour
Immerse yourself in ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Viking Age with the Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tour series. These games allow you to immerse yourself in history, learn more about these amazing cultures by freely exploring cities and experiencing everyday life in each area, free from conflict. The developers worked with historians, professors, and other experts to create an immersive experience that allows you to learn about important topics related to those eras, including their art, architecture, philosophy, politics, and religion. For educators, Discovery Tour also offers curriculum guides, allowing you to incorporate these story games into your classroom with ease.
Do you want to know more about the Industrial Revolution and the 19th century? Anno 1800 drops you right in the middle of all the action. The city-building strategy game challenges you to build and expand a prosperous empire, using all the tools and technological innovations that the 19th century has to offer. To be successful, you’ll need to carefully manage your finances, plan the layout of your city for maximum efficiency, and cater to the wants and needs of your tenants. For added fun, you can also go on expeditions to expand your (fictional) empire and collect new resources, or establish a prosperous trade route that drives your opponents out of business. However you choose to play, Anno 1800 is a hands-on civics lesson that gives you insight into a dynamic period inspired by history.
A franchise with seven titles released over 30 years, The Settlers immerses you in a setting inspired by history, allowing you to build your own empire through city-building gameplay. You’ll need to keep your wits about you as you build a settlement from scratch, growing a thriving economy and a strong military presence to ensure your survival and that of your citizens. Each installment in the franchise takes place in a different historical era, ranging from medieval times to the Roman Empire, offering unique perspectives on the different needs of each. All seven games in The Settlers franchise are available with a Ubisoft+ subscription.
Created to commemorate the centenary of World War I, Valiant Hearts: The Great War uses four intertwined stories to tell a deeply moving tale of fate and immerse players in a brutal moment in history. The game will take you to some of the most important battles of the war, such as the Battle of the Somme, the Nivelle Offensive or the Battle of the Marne, and visit famous places such as Reims or Montfaucon. Collectible items throughout each level also contain facts about the war. To ensure the accuracy of the game, the developers researched first-hand accounts of the war, including letters from soldiers, and visited some of the remaining trenches in France.
Rabbids Coding is a free educational game that teaches you the basics of coding and programming logic. The Rabbids have invaded a space station, and it’s up to you to drag and drop commands, similar to writing lines of code that will direct them to the washing machine that will take them back home. Although you can use as many lines of code as you need to get the job done, your goal is to complete your task using as few instructions as possible. As you progress through Rabbids Coding, the game introduces more complex concepts such as loops, algorithms, conditions, and optimizations. Learn at your own pace and bring those Rabbids home! Although not technically part of Ubisoft+, you can play Rabbids Coding today for free on PC and mobile.
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