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Over 30 90s Kids Games in the Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle

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The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle at the Humble store features over 30 educational kids games from the 90s from software developer Humongous Entertainment. If you were a kid in the 90s chances are you recognize the likes of Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, and Freddi Fish.

The games are available to purchase in three different tiers, with the lowest as Humble’s familiar Pay What You Want tier. Each game is rated as being appropriate for kids age 3-8, and all are redeemed through Steam (PC, Mac, Linux).

Pay at least $1 to unlock:

  • Big Thinkers 1st Grade
  • Big Thinkers Kindergarten
  • Fatty’ Bear’s Birthday Surprise
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Airport
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Farm
  • Junior Field Trips: Let’s Explore the Jungle
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Balloon-o-Rama
  • Putt-Putt and Pep’s Dog on a Stick
  • Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack
  • Putt-Putt: Pep’s Birthday Surprise
  • Spy Fox In: Cheese Chase

Pay more than the average (currently $10.75):

  • Spy Fox 2 “Some Assembly Required”
  • Putt-Putt Travels Through Time
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
  • Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff
  • Pajama Sam’s Lost & Found
  • Pajama Sam’s Sock Works
  • Pajama Sam: Games to Play on Any Day
  • Spy Fox In: Hold the Mustard
  • Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”

Pay $14 to also unlock:

  • Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head to Your Feet
  • Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove
  • Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  • Spy Fox 3 “Operation Ozone”
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race
  • Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t so Frightening
  • Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’s Maze Madness
  • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
  • Putt-Putt Joins the Parade
  • Freddi Fish and Luther’ Water Worries
  • Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
  • Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
  • Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside

Purchasing through Humble offers the option to support certain charities. For the Humongous Entertainment bundle, you can choose to donate any or all of the purchase to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or the Boy Scouts of America.

Many of the Humongous games are also available on mobile devices, and are slated to arrive later this year on consoles.

The Humble Bundle ends March 22.

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Little Shopping Helps Teach Preschoolers Counting Skills on Switch

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While many games on the Switch are kid-friendly, few are explicitly educational, and even fewer aimed at the under six crowd. Little Shopping is a counting game for toddlers and preschoolers to teach and foster counting skills. It’s out today on Switch for $1.49. Best of all, there are no ads or microtransactions.

In Little Shopping, your preschooler can shop at four different kid-friendly stores, such as grocery, pet, and toy. They have a shopping list to identify which products they need to buy. Then they’ll need to pay the appropriate amount in coins. The touch screen controls let your little one drag the items they or coins they need.

Using coins for counting is a tool that kids will learn throughout their early years in Kindergarten and first grade.

Little Shopping was developed by Polish company Baked Games and published by Ultimate Games S.A., a Polish producer best known for Ultimate Fishing Simulator. Baked Games has developed a number of kid-friendly mobile titles, including Guess Word, Theater Tales, and Pet Care.

Little Shopping is available today on Switch. It’s also available on the Polish App Store and Google Play digital mobile stores. Naturally, it’s rated E for Everyone.

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Learn How to Play Piano with Hello Piano App

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Mobile developer Gismart has launched Hello Piano on iOS. Hello Piano is a music-focused educational app that teaches users how to play piano through games, trivia, and puzzles.  It’s available now for iPhone and iPad.

“Hello Piano is the start of music education products for Gismart,” said Dmitri Lipnitsky, CEO, Gismart. “We are aiming to fight boredom, a chief enemy of educational success, and offering gamified learning experience, featuring a balanced mix of theoretical knowledge and practice. We’ve had a great success with our music entertainment apps such as Beat Maker Go that has amassed over 25 million downloads to date and is a leading beat making app on the App Store, and now keen to expand our product portfolio with music educational products.”

Hello Piano focuses on four teachable areas: ear training, reading music, rhythm training, and playing techniques. The app is designed as a serious, daily exercise, with lessons that can be absorbed in 15 minutes a day. It features a Daily Practice mode to ramp up skills, and tracks progress in the My Stats section. It gamifies much of the teaching, including adding achievements and difficulty settings.

Hello Piano works as a subscription service. The app is free to download and includes a 3-day free trial. Subscriptions cost $7.99 per week or $19.99 per month.

Gismart is a UK-based mobile developer that specializes in music-focused game apps. Hello Piano is their first foray into edutainment and educational software.

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Learn Civics with the Educational Version of Cities: Skylines

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Paradox Interactive announced a partnership with TeacherGaming to launch a special educational version of Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is designed for teachers to use in their classrooms as part of TeacherGaming’s subscription service.

“Transitioning our games into teaching tools that make learning fun and interactive is something near and dear to our hearts at Paradox,” said Shams Jorjani, VP of Business Development at Paradox Interactive. “We chose TeacherGaming to help structure our games for the classroom, because this is a new field for us and they have the right experience and knowledge to do it right.”

Cities: Skylines is the heir apparent to the SimCity builder series. It originally launched on PC in 2015 before coming to consoles last year. It’s been hailed as the definitive city builder sim, and Paradox have released numerous expansion packs since release. The most recent, Parklife, released earlier this year and added national parks and zoos.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition includes eight custom lesson plans. Each scenario covers different relevant topics, such as government, engineering, and budgeting. The educational version also includes student progress tracking and in-game tutorials.

“Paradox Interactive titles turn niche topics like civics and serious history into unexpectedly entertaining experiences that educators will fall head over heels for,” said Santeri Koivisto, TeacherGaming CEO. “Committing to such an unconventional portfolio means Paradox is combating prejudices about the very nature of video games, and that’s also what we have been out to do for the past six years. In that sense, and many others, this partnership is a perfect fit.”

TeacherGaming offers both individual gaming licences as well as an all-in-one subscription service. Each game, including Kerbal Space Program, Universe Sandbox, and Epistory, offers multiple lesson plans tailored to classroom learning. The company was founded in 2011 in Finland by gaming educators. Their most successful program was MinecraftEdu, which has since been purchased by Microsoft.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is available now in the TeacherGaming Store.