I received a free copy Mayan Mysteries in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. There are affiliate links included in this post.
A while back we had the opportunity to review an educational online game called Mayan Mysteries by Dig-It! Games. It was only the first part of the game when we reviewed it. It was something my son really loved. He always told me he wished he could get the complete game when it came out. I was really excited when I was contacted by them to review it again, and this time it was the complete game. My son was just beyond thrilled!
The story of the game is really fun. Somebody has been looting the Mayan archaeological sites looking for valuable artifacts. Ladrone, a renowned thief is the suspect. Professor Alex Quinn, along with his niece Fiona and his nephew Charlie have been called on to help solve the mystery. In the game we have to find the missing city of Ich’aak and save it from looters by solving mysteries and discovering different Maya sites and cities along the way.
In the game there are more than 25 different challenges and puzzles to solve related to the Mayan history and culture. Some of the challenges include math puzzles, historical facts, hidden artifacts, translating Mayan characters, building temples, and more. You get to go between modern times and ancient Mayan times learning different things to help you along the way. When you complete the tasks for each area, you move on to a new site- ever closer to Ich’aak. With each city there is a different animal guardian that helps you along on your quest. The animals are ones that are significant in the mayan culture (turtle, parrot, tapir, etc).
The game is a fabulously fun way to teach kids about the Mayan culture, history, war customs, food, agriculture, clothing, money and more. I love how excited my son was to finish it and move on to new cities. Not only was it just plain fun, he really learned a lot from it as well.
Some of his favorite parts were all of the fun activities & challenges. He thought is was really fun learning about mayan culture. He wishes there were MORE of the game!
The only problem I saw with it was that some of the math problems were a little too challenging for him and I needed to help him out. It was great to stretch his brain a little on these, though!
There are a few updates from when I reviewed it before. There were three new mini games: Temple Build, Water Management, and Pyramid Chambers as well as 2 new levels. IT also has the conclusion to the game- which it didn’t before. There was also a new character in the game named Anna. She was created by a 9th grader from Utah! We thought that was neat since that is where we live!
One big change I noticed was the huge price reduction. The last time I reviewed it the game sold for $21. Now it is only $3.99! This is a great price & well worth it! They now also have Mobile Apps as well. And… they are free right now!! Their apps are being featured as #1 on Best Games & Apps for Kids ages 9-11 right now! It is recommended for ages 9-11.