Free Tech for Teachers: Serpent Descent

This week “Google Arts & Culture” Released a new game for students. The game is called descent of the snake It is available to play in your web browser or in the Google Arts and Culture apps for Android and iOS.

descent of the snake It is a game in which students can learn about the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. Students play the game from the perspective of one of four characters representing mythical figures in Mesoamerican culture. Students then navigate through four levels of the game on a mission to find and recover twenty missing items and bring them back to Chichen Itza before the equinox.

play a game descent of the snake reminds us a little the legend of zelda (Yes, I realize this is a reference point that dates me as a late generation Xer.) Players navigate through scenes while trying to dodge obstacles and objects in their quest to find lost artifacts. When players find an artifact, little information about its history and significance is displayed.

descent of the snake It can be played in story mode or challenge mode. Story mode allows players to continue playing no matter how many times they hit a dead end or were hit by an object. Challenge mode gives players only five “lives” before they lose the game and have to start over.

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I played descent of the snake For 15 minutes this morning, I had to force myself to stop because I could easily have gone down a rabbit hole to play it longer (note, I’m not very skilled when it comes to playing video games in general). I found the little info popup after finding each interesting artifact. However, I view the game as a fun way to introduce students to ancient Mesoamerican history and not as a substitute for full lessons.

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