The majority of millennials are barely old enough remember when computer games came on floppy disks or when they were actually referred to as CD-ROMs. Back then most computer games came with a premise that helped develop some type of skill instead of aiming for sheer entertainment. In my opinion there were five games that combined fun and learning better than any other.
Number Munchers and Word Munchers vaguely reminds me of playing PacMan, except with an added educational twist. These games were designed to teach basic grammar and math and were very popular for school-aged kids in throughout the 80s and 90s because of how fun they were to play.
Roller Coaster Tycoon
Roller Coaster Tycoon reigned supreme in my middle school computer lab. What kid wouldn't want to build and manage theme parks and design roller coasters? This game allowed players to do that while simultaneously teaching players how to run a business. As a player, the decisions that you made would decide if your park would be a huge success or failure.
Even though the original Math Blaster was released in the early 80's, it wasn't until the 90's that it hit its popularity stride. During that time, 20 games were released and learning math couldn't have been more fun.
Simply reading a book to learn about settlers' experiences settling the untamed American West could be a little mundane, but actually doing it while playing a game easily made it stick. Players loaded their families into their covered wagons and made their way across Western territories.
Mario Teaches Typing
Honestly, I learned how to type on instant messenger chat rooms, but Mario Teaches How To Type helped me out in the early years. The computer game was nowhere near as fun as the Nintendo game, but it definitely served its purpose.
The Carmen Sandiego game series was loads of fun and made players use their knowledge to find her and her accomplices. This made the game fun, but also forced players to think, which made it a popular game in schools.