Educational PC games from the 90s that we want to see again

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Games like Putt-Putt and Freddi Fish have both made successful returns to the Switch, and it’s further proof that similar titles from yesteryear would be just as successful. But one resource still remains largely untapped and underutilized, and that is the educational PC games of the 90s, especially those marketed to a much younger audience.

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There is no denying that the games of many of our childhoods become the hits of today. With other successful remasters and long-awaited sequels to games like Final Fantasy 7, tapping into the world of ’90s PC gaming is a no-brainer, especially when marketing to younger gamers. After all, many who fondly remember these titles are now looking for games for their own children, and the nostalgia combined with knowing your child is learning while playing is a powerful draw.

ten The Magic School Bus Games


a woman with orange frizzy hair in a classroom full of children and a lizard

The mere mention of the Magic School Bus conjures up colorful images of Miss Frizzle and the sounds of TV’s iconic theme song. As vivid as those memories are, the video game‘s great ties to the series are just as important in memory.

Capturing some of the most memorable moments from the books and the TV series, the Magic School Bus games would look beautiful and fit seamlessly into the Switch.

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9 The Incredible Machine


    various devices like fans and sockets with basketballs and baseballs on green background

The Incredible Machine was as common a game as something like Minesweeper or Chips Challenge. The game encouraged creativity and ingenuity to solve problems and accomplish simple tasks by complex means.

On a system focused on creativity and learning, The Incredible Machine is a classic 90s kids classic that, shockingly, hasn’t been ported to modern consoles or Steam.

8 Tonka-Construction


4 castle towers in a construction zone with a crane

For some reason, regardless of generation, kids always seem fascinated with building at a young age. One of the most recognizable names to capitalize on this fascination was Tonka. Inspiring imagination and storytelling at a young age, Tonka has helped children create and learn with their line of quality products.

In addition to their range of toys, Tonka had a range of games which stimulated the creativity and inner construction worker of many children in the 90s. Many Tonka themed games were released, but three of the best games ever to come out of the 90s were Tonka Construction, Tonka Search and Rescue and Tonka Raceway.

7 Fisher Price’s Great Adventures Series


join photon of a pirate, a knight with a cannon and a cowboy outside a store

Similar to Tonka, Fisher Price is a name that rings familiar in the ears of many 90s kids. Although Fisher Price is best known for his line of toddler toys, he also created some memorable games based on some of its most popular playsets.

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The Great Adventure series included three standout titles with fun and imaginative worlds and characters. Great Adventure Castle, Pirate Ship, and Wild Western Town would make a perfect greatest hits trilogy on Switch, perfect for nostalgic adults and new fans alike.

6 Number eaters


a green armless monster on a 5X6 number grid

It’s a big deal when a video game isn’t just allowed to be played at school, but is actually part of the daily schedule. One of the few things that made math fun was the Number Munchers games.

Along with the follow-up Super Munchers, the games were a great way to encourage kids to think fast and smart with their moves. Adding such a simple and colorful learning game to the Switch library is an easy call.


5 Zoombinis


a group of blue drops with various facial features on both sides of a chasm, some crossing over a bridge

Having already seen a Steam release, Zoombinis is another 90s classic perfectly suited for the Nintendo Switch. Puzzles and problem-solving are the name of the game as you navigate the Zoombinis to Zoombiniville without trying to lose a crew member along the way.

The game has been touted for its useful impact on learning and has even been used in various schools. Another example of educational games done right, Zoombinis deserves to sit alongside greats like Carmen Sandiego and Reader Rabbit.

4 Where in the United States is Carmen Sandiego?


a man on a videophone with a mustache next to a photo of a building marked ACME

As with many 90s kids games such as Math Blaster, the Carmen Sandiego series has plenty of great titles. But Where In The USA Is Carmen Sandiego is by far one of the highlights of the series.

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With an updated and improved interface, fully animated and voice-acted cutscenes, Where In The USA was one of Carmen Sandiego’s finest releases.

3 Mission THINK


a little man talking to a group of robots and a board game with various pieces and player pieces

Produced by The Learning Company, Mission THINK was a beautifully orchestrated interactive learning experience. You’ll solve problems in rooms of varying difficulty to find game board pieces that you’ll eventually use in a board game against the villainous Morty Maxwell.

With each victory against Maxwell, the game became more and more difficult, but the events of the board game and the unique visual style made the game a treat to play. Mission THINK would fit well alongside similar games from the era like Putt Putt and Freddi Fish on the Switch.


2 Math Blaster Pre-Algebra


a green creature with a yellow horn next to a picture and another picture of pool balls on a pool table

While most people will remember the Math Blaster games for their sci-fi, futuristic aesthetic, Math Blaster Mystery, later remastered and renamed Math Blaster Pre-Algebra, provided a refreshing change of pace that ended up being the one of the best episodes of the series.

Math Blaster Pre Algebra was creative and made one of the toughest transitions in math fun. Add to that a Tim Burton meets Courage art direction The Cowardly Dog, and you have one of the best PC games of the 90s for young gamers that deserves a throwback on modern hardware.

1 Mario teaches typing


two photos one of a man with a mustache and a red hat and the other of a man with gloves underneath

Long awaited from Nintendo is a follow-up or remaster to their 90s partnership with Interplay, Mario Teaches Typing and its direct sequel. Although typing games seem to have been a fad that faded after titles like Typing of the Dead, the need for young children to develop typing skills is still great, especially with the prevalence of schooling in line.

It would be great to see Mario’s first attempts at educational games given a second chance, along with some additional improvements and new bells and whistles. Updating the graphics and adding bonus content would be a nice added touch to appeal to both long-time fans and newcomers alike.

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