Top Pick

Great Games That Teach Strategy

From chess to coding to building new civilizations, these great games will keep students on their toes.

Cork The Volcano - Puzzlets Publisher: Digital Dream Labs LLC
Fun elementary coding through hands-on puzzle tiles
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Solitaire Chess by ThinkFun Publisher: ThinkFun, Inc.
Practice classic chess moves in a fun, unintimidating package
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price $1.99-$2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
FTL: Faster Than Light Publisher: Subset Games
Failure is frequent and fun in this strategic starship sim
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Re-Mission 2 Publisher: HopeLab
Six arcade style games tackle tough subject of cancer
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
Sid Meier's Civilization V Publisher: 2K Games
Legendary strategy game is a hit with history buffs in school and out
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price 49.99
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
SimCity Publisher: Electronic Arts
Exciting city simulator great for online play
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price $59.99
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Card Hunter Publisher: Blue Manchu
Fun, perfectly challenging online fantasy game fosters tactical minds
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Democracy 3 Publisher: Positech Games
Nuanced political sim about the balancing act of government
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price $24.95 individual; $99.95 classroom
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4