NEW World History Computer Games Home

 This list is an attempt to list comprehensively all historical video games that are currently available for the Windows platform. A number of these are not appropriate for all ages or necessarily for classroom use. This is mostly true of the first-person shooter category (fps): games in the category tend to be rated mature, not appropriate for those under age 17.

Note: most online games require a browser with Flash installed

Guide to Codes:

  • action = action game
  • adventure = point-and-click adventure games.
  • cb-images = choice-based text with images
  • cb-text = choice-based text
  • city = city-builder, management
  • fps = first person shooter
  • thps = third person shooter
  • fsim = flight simulator
  • rpg = role playing game
  • rtgs = real-time grand strategy
  • rts = real-time strategy or tactics
  • sim = simulation (machine, vehicle etc.)
  • tbs = turn-based strategy, not exclusively on warfare
  • war tb = wargame, turn-based
  • war rts = wargame, real time

Ancient Near East

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Meso-America and South America

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Ancient Greece

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Ancient China

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Ancient Rome

Medieval Europe

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Feudal Japan

Desktop ($$)

Early Modern Europe

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Napoleonic Era

Online (Free)

  • BBC Battlefield Academy: Battle of Trafalgar (review/overiew)
  • BBC Battle of Waterloo
  • Napoleonic Wars Online  According to NWOL: “The Napoleonic Wars OnLine (NWOL) is a multiplayer simulation of combat and diplomacy during the Wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars (approximately 1793 to 1815.) Players representing 13 European nations form alliances and coalitions, declare wars and make peace, and command armies and fleets in battle, seeking to expand the power and influence of their home country and achieve control over the continent. “

Desktop ($$)

19th Century Europe, Industrial Revolution, and Imperialism

World War I

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Russian Revolution

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Modern China

Online (Free)Desktop ($$)

European Inter-War Period & World War II

Online (Free)

Desktop ($$)

Decolonization / Cold War

Online (Free)

  • Cuban Crisis – a simple web-based choice-based text game where the player makes choices as president during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Desktop ($$)

Modern

Online (Free)Desktop ($$)

  • Fate of the World  (Red Redemption)- Starting in the year 2020, lead the Global Environmental Organization to deal with environmental and demographic disasters, in addition to the problems of dwindling energy resources and strained food supplies.
  • Capitalism 2 @Gog.com
  • This War of Mine @Gog.com (action adventure)

Cross-Period

 

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