| GIST |
A "real-time strategy" title that mixes chess-like forethought with history lessons
WHAT IT REWARDS
Planning, management, and a knowledge of medieval life. Players take the role of a military leader serving under William Wallace, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, or Saladin; they must manage resources, develop technology, train soldiers, and plan their conquests well. The game's historical accuracy is stunning-and compelling.
Preteens will find it too difficult. But for teens and adults, there's an excellent tutorial campaign, and other online help sites.