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10 Great Games for High School Students

Dig into this curated list of highly rated games for high school. There's a spread of content areas from science to social studies to social-emotional learning. More importantly, the games help to build a range of skills that will be useful to students inside and outside the classroom. Each game is absorbing and detailed, offering experiences certain to challenge older students.

If you're looking for ways to introduce game-based learning into your classroom, check out our Teaching Strategies for how to Find the Learning in Any Game.

CodeCombat Publisher: CodeCombat
Dungeon-crawling adventure where code is king
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Publisher: 505 Games
Unique cooperative adventure with lasting social and emotional impact
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price
Platforms PS3, Xbox 360
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Extrasolar Publisher: Lazy 8 Studios
Immersive exoplanet exploration game makes sleuths out of rover drivers
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Sports Network 2
Make news and build ELA skills with this cable sports show sim
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
DEVICE 6 Publisher: Simogo
Inventive, interactive short story puzzles, scares, and delights
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Democracy 3 Publisher: Positech Games
Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms iPhone, Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Gone Home Publisher: The Fullbright Company
Compelling narrative game fosters empathy, self-reflection
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Kerbal Space Program Publisher: Squad
Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Papers, Please Publisher: 3909
Mature immigration game forces tough ethical choices
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4