Mission US is a multimedia project (sponsored by Public Broadcasting station WNET in New York) that immerses players in U.S. history content through first-person interactive games. There are currently 3 games (or “missions”) you can play on the site:
Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.
In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. As they navigate her escape and journey to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?
In Mission 3: “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” players become Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation.
There’s lots of interesting material presented as graphics, videos and text along the way, making these games both appealing to students and educational too. Note: You do have to register to play the games, but don’t need to use your primary email if you don’t wish to.
Click here to go to the site!