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Game Spotlight: New iCivics Games for 2020

Filament Games | Educational Game Developer

2020 has been a HUGE year for our longtime partners at iCivics – from helping educators across the country adapt to the realities of remote learning, to serving as a theme partner at this year’s Games for Change Student Challenge, all the while supporting the launch of their brand new Election Headquarters resource ahead of the upcoming presidential election. 

Oh, and that’s not even mentioning their four newly-remastered games that they’ve released throughout the year! If you’ve yet to play any of these new takes on iCivics classics, there’s no better time than the present – check out our roundup of these titles below, then visit iCivics’ website to get started! 

Branches of Power

In iCivics’ newly-updated Branches of Power, players take charge of all three branches of the U.S. government, exploring the various roles and responsibilities of each. Juggling tasks like creating a presidential agenda, introducing and passing laws out of Congress, and applying judicial review to passed laws, learners gain an improved understanding of the complexities of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Built from the ground up with a focus on public policy issues that are most relevant to today’s students, other new features include Spanish language support, an in-game glossary of key definitions, and iOS/Android tablet support.

Court Quest

Get behind the wheel of the Justice Express and help passengers navigate their way through the U.S. judicial system in iCivics’ newly-remastered Court Quest! Along the way, players explore the complexities of both state and federal courts, picking up passengers and learning about their legal cases before dropping them off at the court that’s best suited for their needs. Built from the ground up with new cases designed to resonate with students from all demographics and backgrounds, the game also features a full Spanish translation, helpful in-game glossary tools, and support for iOS and Android tablets.

Argument Wars

Love disagreements and debates? In iCivics’ newly-updated Argument Wars, learners put their persuasive abilities to the test by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Featuring brand new card-based gameplay mechanics, players face off against rival lawyers in landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Texas v. Johnson, and more. Other new enhancements include Spanish language support, an in-game glossary of key terms, and iOS/Android tablet support.

LawCraft

iCivics’ newly-remastered LawCraft immerses learners in the lawmaking process of Congress. After selecting a district to represent in the House of Representatives, players are tasked with reviewing letters from constituents, analyzing and evaluating survey data, and determining which issues are most important to them and the citizens of their district. Players then simulate the lawmaking process, balancing competing interests in an effort to get their bills passed by the House and Senate and create meaningful legislation that addresses national issues. And just like all of our games covered today, LawCraft is playable on iOS/Android tablets in addition to the web!


Want to see even more examples of our past projects with iCivics? Be sure to visit our portfolio! And if you or your organization would like to explore how you can collaborate with us to create your own custom learning games, get in touch with our team for a free consultation! 

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